Monday , April 22 2024

My Valley, My Story: A Father And Daughter Face Valley Fever Together

The fungal disease valley fever is most common in dry, desert areas of California and Arizona, and diagnoses tend to spike after dust storms and dry, windy weather. What’s less common is more than one case of the disease in the same family. As part of our first-person series My Valley, My Story, we travel to a valley fever fundraiser in Bakersfield, where father-daughter pair Warren and Jessica Boone describe how they both contracted the disease while working for an oil company in Bakersfield. “We both worked in an oilfield yard, and having to walk back and forth through the yard, we’d cough up dirt, and we just started coughing incessantly,” says Jessica Boone. “They found the nodules in my left lung. I can’t breathe, I have a lot of complications, I have chronic migraines, chronic fatigue, and I have anemia because of it. And it sucked because I had to stop [all my medications] when I was pregnant, and so the fear was passing it on to my daughter—which is a possibility, and now she’s

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