While we consider ourselves fairly seasoned travelers, we never once thought that packing a carbon monoxide detector was an essential and life-saving item in our travel preparedness until tragedy struck and my husband nearly lost his life to CO poisoning at a “boutique hotel” in Central Mexico.
After dropping our twins off at their much-anticipated 6th grade camp in a rural community outside of Guadalajara, Frank and I set out to enjoy our weekend together, knowing that our children would be in good hands in the company of their classmates and counselors.
But instead of enjoying a romantic couples-only weekend, we spent it at the Red Cross, an ER and a Hyperbaric Chamber Facility fighting for Frank’s life.
Do mistakes and bad things just happen? Absolutely.
But in this case, the hotel management had haphazardly jerry-rigged a below eye level, malfunctioning water heater to the room we had been bumped to due to overbooking on a holiday weekend.
After several hours of working next to the open window—not knowing that just on the other side of it was a yellow-flamed carbon monoxide-leaking heater—Frank was overcome by severe visual disturbances, weakness, confusion, headache, difficulty speaking and vomiting.
Confirmation by the hotel staff that two carbon monoxide leaks had been found in this water heater, together with all of Frank’s symptoms, clearly pointed to CO poisoning.
Only time away from the CO gas, immediate medical intervention and continuous high-saturation oxygen therapy saved his life. Prayers, support and good thoughts from family and friends didn’t hurt either.
As a result of this terrifying, near-death experience, we now ALWAYS travel with carbon monoxide detectors and we can’t emphasize enough the importance for others to do so too.
After much research, we decided on the Kidde Battery-Operated Carbon Monoxide Alarms with Digital Display for both travel and home use.
Something so simple and so affordable can save your and your family’s lives in the event of a carbon monoxide leak.
*Carbon monoxide is silent, odorless and tasteless*
I hope this information is useful to you.
In peace, happiness, safety & health,
~Los O’Gradys in Mexico
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