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Redecorating: the health toll [Sep. 24th, 2010|10:16 am]
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I've said before that people who've been in a house for over five years should be required to pack as if they are moving in order to get rid of the stuff they don't really want. Well, I've pretty much been forced into doing precisely that by this repainting/new flooring task.

But the other thing that comes with a thorough moving-about of everything we own is the kicking up of a lot of dust. There are tumbleweeds of the stuff behind bookcases, desks and other places to small for Opposite Cat to reach. And on top of the books we're carrying from room to room or downstairs.

On top of that, the painter is sanding all the walls, kicking up a ton of paint dust. Everything is coated with a fine, white powder.

Next week when we do the floors, it's just going to be that much worse.

As a result, my allergies are going nutz. In spite of all the allergy medications, I'm in continual battle with my itching eyes and stuffy nose. And my body is seeking refuge in the one place it can: sleep.

So despite eight solid hours of sleep last night, right now I am typing with my eyes closed, willing myself to stay awake and mostly failing at it.

New client at 1pm. A chance to get out of the house. It will be most welcome.

[User Picture]From: ba1126
2010-09-24 03:17 pm (UTC)
Try one of those painter's masks or the kind they sell in pharmacies. It will help.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-24 04:21 pm (UTC)
Just bought some!
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[User Picture]From: xpioti
2010-09-24 04:41 pm (UTC)
Take a laptop and use wireless internet access from the porch? *hugs* (We have a pile of laptops in my office, so I have this deep-seated notion that everybody has at least one laptop.)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-24 06:59 pm (UTC)
No porch. Alas.
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2010-09-24 04:59 pm (UTC)
On top of that, the painter is sanding all the walls, kicking up a ton of paint dust.

Just be thankful he isn't sanding joint compound. That stuff is awful. When we had the wall between our kitchen and family room removed, the sheetrock dust was unbearable. Then they sanded the wood floor. Every nook and cranny of our house had a layer of "dust" all over it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-24 07:00 pm (UTC)
That's coming next week, when they refinish the floors.
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[User Picture]From: miripanda
2010-09-24 05:28 pm (UTC)
Would it be possible/affordable to get a nearby hotel room or crash with friends for a day or two? I'm currently in the midst of season-change-wait-no-not-quite-now-maybe? allergies myself, and getting away from the house dust makes it easier to deal with the outside seasonal stuff.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-24 07:24 pm (UTC)
Alas, anyone I can think of is a pet owner and that's even worse.
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[User Picture]From: jenk
2010-09-24 08:47 pm (UTC)
A friend tipped me off to antihistamine eyedrops. They're available over-the-counter and really do work on the eyes.

(Not that you shouldn't take other measures, but I find some pollen/dander attacks my eyes more than anything else. Also there can be advantages to applying topical antihistamine cream and eyedrops if I've already taken my normal pills.)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-25 07:30 am (UTC)
O had not heard of these but will be investigating them. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: frawg_angel
2010-09-27 03:05 am (UTC)
You know, I completely agree about this! I'm doing it myself, in fact, because I have a company that I am interviewing at that I've wanted to work with for 2 years and been really really trying for a year. I've passed the screener interview, the follow-up phone interview (both within 1 week!) and they want to see me next week and because of current work committments we agreed to Friday.

In my squee, I took a look at apartment possibilities (it's not close enough to commute long term, and after 5 years in this place I'm ready for a change...) and decided to go from a 2-bed to a 1-bed because I don't really use the 2nd bedroom and could use the rent difference in CA. Plus, I'm thinking of downsizing anyway, being able to get a new wall unit for the living room that would hold the TV and contents of the 6 bookcases in the house would be awesome.

Oh... My... Much like you can live within your means and not save, I have expanded to living within my space... I have culled today, just a start, that has included 4 black garbage bags of "Why in the world do I have this????" including a warranty for something my dad bought me in 1997 that I cannot for the life of me remember what it was! But since it fit nicely "away" it hasn't bugged me.

The dust on this crap, however, is so bad my hands won't touch it... it's just evol... so I'm there, in my spare room and in the closets, wearing neoprene purple gloves, long sleeves (and it's 80° in my place and 104° outside) and dust filter mask over my mouth and nose.

When your home makes you wear protection like cleanup from a major disaster, you really need to worry....

(I have a housekeeper who comes every 2 weeks and is awesome, but the piles have dust in the LAYERS. It's rather interesting how in the world that happened!)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-09-27 03:42 am (UTC)
It sifts into the corners of our lives and clings, both dust and detritus. Good luck on your decluttering.
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