So I finally learned the hard way unfortunately. From the people who have been answering my questions on my table saw build, you know that I used melamine as the top. Well not wearing a dust mask caught up to me and I'm regretting it now! I was using my router on the melamine to cut the slots for the miter gauge and well that kicked up so much fine dust I had to stop. Minutes after I pulled that stupid move off I was sneezing uncontrollably and with in 20 minutes I felt like crap! 5 days later I'm dealing with a sinus infection that won't go away, and a birthday party tomorrow I'm hoping to attend since well...its for me.
I think everyone can agree with me in that dust masks suck to wear and usually don't see the problems that can occur until they do. From now on, a dust mask will be worn at all times. Hopefully anyone who reads this who doesn't wear a dust mask will take my stupidity and learn something from it and wear one. I never had a problem when working with solid wood(yes I know this was stupid as well, and know the dangers of that), but when you are dealing with plywood and compressed wood such as melamine, there's a lot more unknown chemicals then people are aware of like myself.
Needless to say, safety does come first, and sometimes it takes an injury or sickness to realize that. Hope my stupidity makes you wear that dust mask, because this absolutely sucks!