I’ve been up since 4:30am. So needless to say, I’m not in a very good mood. In fact, it took all my willpower not to call in sick this morning .
But in a way, it is true, I am sick: Sick with horrible, fucking allergies! For the record, I’m allergic to cats and dogs, dust, many deodorants, certain scented skin creams and liquid hand soaps, pollen and ragweed, most jewelry…oh and Walmart, which definitely invokes some very visceral negative reactions whenever I’m in their store. 😛
In terms of solving my allergy hell, this is what I’ve done thus far: Changed the furnace filter, and our bedroom humidifier filter, poured ‘special ‘water up both of my nostrils using a netti pot, employed nasal spray, changed the bedsheets (which I do regularly anyways) and I’ve taken anti-histamines.
Nothing really worked or just provided very short term relief. Its enough to make someone go postal!
My next plan of attack is as follows: Spray our bedroom mattress with a vinegar and water solution (this supposedly kills the evil dust mites that cause allergic reactions), throw our bedroom curtains in the washing machine (assuming their good for that, I don’t know, I haven’t checked the label yet) and possibly hiring a cleaning company to give our house a thorough cleaning. Have any of you hired a cleaning company? Do you have any recommendations?
I’m considering hiring one called “Enviropure“, since they specialize in asthma/allergy cases and use ‘environmentally friendly’ cleaning products. One thing, however, is that I’m reluctant to leave the house unnattended while strangers rifle through our stuff, so I’d have to stick around and watch the war on allergens commence. We would also have to store away hubby’s law school books and notes, as well as my paintings and art supplies, so they don’t screw around with them or possibly throw them out by accident. But that should be easy enough.
(Side note-Did you know there is a company in Ottawa called Rent-a-Wife? They say the name is supposed to “legitimize work traditionally done by women in the home”, but to me, the name seems to reinforce sexist ideas. Also-Some people who don’t go to their site and just find them in the yellow pages, may be mistaken in what kind of “services” these “wives” will provide. LOL. Seems like it would be a magnet for perverts, but maybe that’s a risk that all home service providers take)
Another avenue I will persuing will be to get allergy shots which will also hopefully provide long term help.
Do you suffer from allergies? What have you done about them?