Sunday, May 3, 2009

Almost There


We are almost there with being over the allergies/colds :).

I read this article about how allergies evolve. It had me a bit overwhelmed because sources come from both inside and outside our homes. In fact, it said that inside is usually worse than outside. It spoke of how chemicals can literally reside in a layer of dust that might be on the table or shelf; how we add chemicals into our homes by use of aerisols like disinfectants or furniture polish. Even humidifiers can add to our environments, cooler air being worse than hot air humidifiers. It spoke of how our air ducts can become contaminates as well. I can't imagine what happens when we vacuum!

In a nutshell, the article suggested dusting with a damp cloth, cutting back/discontinue use of aerisols, disinfecting with bleach & water on a damp cloth and having the air ducts cleaned regularly in addition to changing the air filter.

I began to think about my teenager's rooms and what it would take to get them completely allergin free. Oh my goodness!! I was sooooo overwhelmed!! I began to think about the rest of the house and getting it allergin free. I became so discouraged. I mean, my house is "clean" and I am a neat freak and an organized nut, but it just seems it's only so much one can do to be allergin free.

Then I began to think, ok, we can let the house air out more often, but I started thinking about all the pollens that were out there and letting in more dust!! I mean wha? My mind just really went overboard with the thought of keeping allergins out or to a minimum. I even thought about the mold that must be coming of the lake. We live fairly close to the lake which is not the cleanest lake. Every time one of us coughs, I think of what we can possibly be inhaling to contribute to out symptoms.

Wow!

4 comments:

Linda and her Twaddle said...

We have ducted heating which makes the place dusty. Some days, despite the place appearing clean, the sun shines through the window at a certain angle and i can see all the dust particles hovering around.

I use a damp cloth to dust. I used to use a feather duster. It was a big one, looked great. It just fluffed the dust in the air and then down again into a different spot. Damp cloth is great.

Having a dog makes things worse.

Being a person who hates housework ensures a dusty environment.

The safest place in my house would be the inside of my fridge! No dust in there.

lori vliegen said...

hmmm...i'm not sure which is worse...the allergins or that taranchula...yikes!! i wish i had some great solutions for your allergies...i hope that you're all feeling 100% soon! :)

presious said...

Linda,

I do know what you are talking about when the sun shines just right so you can see all the dust particles in the area. To think we are breathing that!...yuk!

I was very close to taking my dog back to the humane center because she was having a difficult time adjusting to my grandson, now 6 months old. My son volunteered to take care of her and she is doing much better. She still sheds a lot even though she is a short haired dog. She is confined to upstairs until feeding time. I plan to have a treatment done at the shop that decreases the shedding.

As a young girl, I use to enjoy house cleaning. I think it was because my mom was such a clutter bug and I couldn't stand it. Now, I keep things very neat and organized. Cleaning is not as difficult that way.

Love your response...thanks a bunch! :)

Lori,

I had difficulty sleeping last night, not sure why. I felt really good. Just couldn't actually sleep. As I laid there, all kinds of creepy things went through my mind like what if one was under my covers and I didn't know it!...ewwwh!

I think I'd rather the dust!...lol!

Polly said...

Its an uphill battle Pres. I think all you can do is your best and it sounds like you are doing it.