But she is still not 100 percent, and has to use a nebulizer every six hours, Rachel Holt said. She relapsed in June and went back to the hospital briefly.
Anna's pulmonologist said the main worry now is the long-term effects. Even though she is 2 years old, Anna is the same size as her 1-year-old sister Makenzie. The doctor believes the steroids she had to take stunted her growth, the Holts said.
The long-term effect of the chemicals on their health is still unknown, but there is reason for concern. According to the Partnership for a Drug Free America, there is "scientific evidence from animal and human toxicity studies that shows the chemicals used to manufacture meth can cause a range of health effects include cancer, damage to the brain, liver and kidneys, birth defects, and reproductive problems, such as miscarriages."
"It's hard. It's really hard," Rhonda said. "You start out hopes and dreams of this wonderful life raising a wonderful family, and then what you've purchased to raise your family in almost kills your children."
Their house and its past continue to make them question their future.
The Holts' church has set up a donation account for people who would like to help, at Citizens Community Bank, 1418 Dinah Shore Blvd., Winchester, TN 37398. The phone number is 931-967-3342.
The Justice Department has set up a Web site to help people identify the signs of an active meth lab.
And the Web site MethLabHomes.com has a lot of useful information for home buyers or renters to help them avoid moving into a home or apartment that formerly housed a meth lab.