Douglas Blanchard, 51, is a third-generation shrimper living in Grand Isle, La. He was hired by BP as part of the Vessels of Opportunity program. He went out soon after the spill and picked up booms. He says he was among the first seven people to be hospitalized for sickness related to petrochemical exposure. "Before the oil spill, I got a physical, like three months before the oil spill, I went, I had a full body physical, everything, passed the test, everything was good," he said. "Yesterday, I told my wife I wish I would be dead because I didn't feel like doing nothing. Sick, just couldn't do nothing."
His wife, Kathy Blanchard, said that life is just not the same and that it breaks her heart to see her husband like this.