Getting Too Close To the Scene

By: Lauren Weppler
By: Lauren Weppler

Lauren Weppler talks about how Thursday's hazardous material sent her to Med-Express.

Thursday, I was sent out on my first story of the morning, which was cancelled due to the weather. So as I was driving back to the station on Camden Avenue in Parkersburg I suddenly noticed  fire trucks and police officers redirecting traffic. At this moment I was ecstatic it was like the news gods were smiling down on me and gave me this story. So I parked the news vehicle and began shooting video. The scene was a school bus that had some kind of chemical on it. When I first got to the scene no officials were giving me any information. While I was shooting I noticed my breathing felt different. When finished I headed back to the station.  I told my boss how I was feeling and then he said now you have to go to Med-Express because you could of inhaled whatever the chemical was.
So I drove myself to Med-Express and got checked out.  They checked my oxygen levels and gave me an Xray on my chest. Then advised me to go home and de-lice myself by showering and bagging up my clothes. I thought are you serious I had such a good hair day and now I have to shower again. The doctor advised me not to go back to work.  I was so bummed I would much rather be out there getting the news than watching it all day long on the couch.
Hours later the doctor called me and told me there was a substance on my left lung and that I had to return for another Xray in a few weeks.
Then my boss called and said the hazardous material was...baking soda! Baking soda are you serious, I thought.
Wow, only I would be affected by baking soda. The next day at work I felt like such an idiot and my fellow workers agreed. They were teasing me back and forth.
For example, "Lauren are you teeth feeling any brighter today?"   "Lauren you have something white on you..." Yadda yadda, all in all I learned a valuable lesson never put yourself in harms way for a story no matter how good you think it might be because it could just end up being BAKING SODA!

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