OCT 31, ’19 GETTING SETTLED IN!
I HAVE HAD E-MAILS & MESSAGES FROM SEVERAL OF MY MCS SISTERS SAYING — WHY HAVE YOU NOT DONE A NEW BLOG POST???? THAT PRETTY MUCH IS A HINT- I NEED TO GET WITH THE PROGRAM!! 🙂
SO MANY QUESTIONS FROM SO MANY OF MY LONG TIME MCS SISTERS- AND SINCE I HAVE ALSO BEEN LACKING IN ANSWERING MY E-MAILS- I’LL TRY TO ANSWER SOME OF YOUR QUESTIONS HERE——-
OH– AND FOR THE NEW ONES FOLLOWING MY BLOG- I TYPE IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE–
I’M NOT YELLING—- BUT WHEN I DO YELL—— I GIVE A WARNING— AND I DRAG OUT MY SOAP BOX & GET ON MY SOAP BOX & YELL———-
AND IF YOU NOTICE ONE OF MY MCS BROTHERS MADE ME AN UNSCENTED SOAP BOX TO USE——
MY NUMBER ONE QUESTION FROM MY MCS FAMILY IS– ARE YOU ALL MOVED???
WELL GOOD QUESTION- LOL!!! WE ARE MAINLY MOVED– AND GETTING MORE SETTLED EVERY DAY— WE STILL HAVE MORE TO MOVE & WE HAVE TO GET OUR THREE PROPERTIES IN BURNS, KS READY TO PUT ON THE MARKET TO SELL–
BUT WE ARE ENJOYING OUR MCS SAFE 1880’S HOME ON THE MAIN STREET OF COTTONWOOD FALLS——-
WHEN WE BOUGHT THE PROPERTIES- WE KNEW THERE WAS LOTS OF WORK THAT WAS GOING TO NEED TO BE DONE ON THE BUILDINGS- & THEY ARE OLD & THE COUPLE WHO HAD LIVED HERE HAD BEEN IN BAD HEALTH & WERE NOT ABLE TO DO MUCH TLC IN THE LAST FEW YEARS——– WE KNEW THAT WHEN WE BOUGHT THE BUILDINGS—–
SO GARY HAS BEEN DOING LOTS OF REPAIRS SINCE WE BOUGHT — AND WILL PROBABLY ALWAYS HAVE THINGS THAT NEED TO BE DONE– WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING AS MCS SAFE AS POSSIBLE—– AND YOU WHO SUFFER FROM MCS- KNOWS WHAT THAT ENTAILS!! AS SAFE OF PRODUCTS THAT ARE AVAILABLE ON THE MARKET TO USE—
WE FELT THE HOME WAS AS MCS SAFE AS POSSIBLE WHEN WE BOUGHT IT- OR WE WOULD NOT HAVE BOUGHT IT— & WE HAVE RAN AIR PURIFIERS — AND NEW SAFE FILTERS- EVERY WHERE- CLEANED WITH SAFE NATURAL PRODUCTS- ETC– AND I HAVE BEEN DOING WELL— UNLESS I LEAVE MY MCS SAFE HOME——- AND AM HIT WITH EXPOSURES OF TOXIC CHEMICALS.
THE ONLY WINDOWS ARE IN THE FRONT- OF THE BUILDINGS- & THE WALLS ARE THICK STONE- I USE TO TEASE OUR FRIEND & FORMER OWNER OF OUR HOME- CAROL KLAMM- DON’T YOU FEEL LIKE A MOLE— WITH NO WINDOWS- AND SHE WOULD ALWAYS LAUGH AT ME- & SAY “NO”!!!
NOW I UNDERSTAND! EVERY DAY GARY & I SAY TO EACH OTHER HOW MUCH WE LOVE OUR HOME!!!
WHEN WE BOUGHT HERE IT– WAS BELIEVING GOD LEAD US HERE– & HE KNEW BEST– BUT WE WERE NOT SURE JUST HOW HAPPY WE WOULD BE HERE- IT WAS KIND OF LIKE- WE MAY HAVE TO BLOOM WHERE WE ARE PLANTED—- OLD BUILDINGS- NEEDING WORK- & NO WINDOWS EXCEPT UP FRONT– AND TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM ANY PLACE WE HAD LIVED BEFORE & 12 FT HIGH CEILINGS IN SOME ROOMS- ETC -ETC ETC ETC–
BUT OUR BEDROOM IS BIG- AND 12 FT HIGH CEILINGS- & NO WINDOWS— AND PITCH BLACK & QUIET—— WE HAVE NEVER SLEPT SO SOUND IN OUR LIVES——— 🙂 TOTAL PRIVACY- & WE LOVE IT—– WE DIDN’T EXPECT THAT!! 🙂
THE FRONT SHOW WINDOWS LET IN LOTS OF LIGHT- & GIVE US A VIEW OF THE MAIN ST.
BEFORE THE WEATHER CHANGED– I HAD SEVERAL MY HOUSE PLANTS OUT FRONT- ALONG WITH OUR LAWN CHAIRS- AND GARY & I WOULD GET UP BEFORE THE SUN CAME UP & HAVE OUR MORNING COFFEE OUT FRONT BEFORE THE TOWN WOKE UP- AND THEN LATE AT NIGHT WHEN EVERYONE WENT HOME- &THE STREETS ROLLED UP WE SAT OUT FRONT & ENJOYED THE QUIET & THE VIEW IS ALWAYS NICE—-
NOW THE WEATHER HAS CHANGED– THE PLANTS ARE ALL INSIDE & WE HAVE TO BUNDLE UP TO SIT OUTSIDE!!
WE HAVE MET LOTS OF INTERESTING PEOPLE WHO PARK IN FRONT OF OUR HOME—–
WE HAD OUR FIRST PARADE IN FRONT OF OUR HOME- THIS PAST MONTH- THE HIGH SCHOOL HOME COMING PARADE—-
NEXT WILL BE COTTONWOOD FALLS COUNTRY CHRISTMAS & THE COURT HOUSE LIGHTING—— & PARADE & I’M GETTING READY TO DECORATE OUR FRONT SHOW WINDOWS FOR CHRISTMAS!!
MANY HAVE ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TOWN WE LIVE IN—– AS MANY OF MY MCS SISTERS LIVE IN HUGE CITIES— AND CAN’T BELIEVE WE LIVE IN TWO 1880’S STORE FRONTS ON THE MAIN STREET OF A SMALL TOWN- & WHAT IT IS LIKE—-
SINCE I HAVE NOT TAKEN A LOT OF PICTURES LATELY— BEEN TOO BUSY— I’LL SHARE WITH YOU LINKS THAT SHOW WHAT THE AREA IS LIKE & THE TOWN WE LIVE IN—-
READY??? HERE WE GO——
THE COTTONWOOD RIVER IS 2 BLOCKS NORTH OF OUR HOME—
THE CHASE COUNTY COURT HOUSE IS 2 BLOCKS SOUTH OF OUR HOME———–
medical condition characterized by debilitating
chemical sensitivities. People who are chemically
sensitive are made sick by exposures to
chemicals found in many common products such
as pesticides, perfumes, tobacco smoke, new
carpets, air “fresheners,” new paint and building
materials, and many cleaning and laundry
products. Most of these chemicals will make
everyone sick at high levels, but for chemically
sensitive people exposures to even small
amounts of these substances can cause
symptoms. Some chemically sensitive people are
only mildly affected while others have the more
severe form of the illness called MCS.
Symptoms experienced by people with MCS
range from mild to life-threatening and include
headache, trouble concentrating, nausea,
diarrhea, fatigue, muscle and joint pain,
dizziness, difficulty breathing, irregular heart
beat, and seizures. MCS symptoms in children
include red cheeks and ears, dark circles under
the eyes, hyperactivity, and behavior or learning
problems. After an exposure, symptoms may
occur immediately or be delayed for up to a few
days. Reactions may last from a few seconds to
weeks or months. People with MCS often react to
a variety of foods, drugs, molds, and pollen as
well as chemicals.
Creating a Healthier Environment
Reducing exposures to chemicals improves the
health of those with MCS. Better air quality also
helps promote the health of everyone. The
following are ways to create a healthier
· Avoid pesticides, use least toxic integrated
pest management (IPM)
· Avoid newly built or remodeled buildings, or
build with less toxic materials
· Avoid new paint and solvent-based stains and
· Avoid new carpets
· Avoid gasoline, solvent, dry-cleaning, and tar
· Avoid tobacco smoke and vehicle exhaust
· Use least toxic, natural, and unscented
cleaning, laundry, and sanitizing products
· Avoid perfume, cologne, and scented
personal care products
· Avoid air “freshener” sprays, incense, and
· Use electric utilities or radiant heat
· Open windows, ventilate buildings with clean
fresh air and/or use portable room air filters
Those of us who are becoming chronically ill from these chemicals are similar to the “canaries in the coal mine”. Coal miners would take a canary into the mines with them to warn them when the air became toxic. They knew that when the canary stopped singing or died, it was time to get out before it affected them as well. We “human canaries” are here to warn the rest of you that, unless you start making changes and avoid as many toxic chemicals as possible, you too may become very sick. Non toxic living is actually much “simpler” and cheaper!
Don’t be fooled, these chemicals are affecting ALL of us in some way or another. Think about the last time you got a headache for no apparent reason. Could it be possible that someone had recently sprayed perfume or pesticides near you without you knowing it? Had you recently used scented laundry detergent or Clorox to clean with? Do you get headaches or feel nauseous from being around people wearing perfume or cologne? Do you feel you need to hold your breath when you go down the detergent aisle at the grocery store? All these things are your body’s way of telling you something is wrong with the air you’re breathing. While an MBA in health care may help you understand the whys and wherefores of the medical issues it doesn’t take a masters degree to listen to your body and know that things are not right.
It’s like playing “Russian Roulette” – you never know how long your immune system can hold out before breaking down. Some people may never reach the point of “chronic illness” that I did – but most people are being affected, possibly without realizing it. Cancer has increased dramatically since World War II (after all the chemicals came out). Attention Deficit Disorder is on the rise (more and more of our children are being put on toxic, brain-altering drugs like Ritalin when simply cleaning up their environment could solve their problems). Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Alzheimer’s Disease, Allergies, Asthma, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, and Multiple Sclerosis are also increasing. All these illnesses could very well have a chemical connection to their cause or, at the very least, these patients would benefit from using less-toxic products. Pretty much any “immune system” disorder could be helped by a cleaner environment and by using safer products.
The products we use on our skin are absorbed directly into the bloodstream (the reason why nitroglycerine, nicotine, and hormone patches work). The chemicals we breathe (such as perfumes, formaldehyde, pesticides, etc.) all go straight to our brains and can cause low-level to severe damage – similar to how someone can snort cocaine or glue to get a “high”. Start reading labels – check for petro-chemicals, formaldehyde, and fragrance, and avoid them as much as possible. A clue that an ingredient may be a petro-chemical is the “prop” prefix. A clue that an ingredient releases formaldehyde is “Quaternium”. Be careful about products labeled “fragrance free” or “unscented”. Don’t trust them! Read the label and be sure they don’t list “fragrance” or “masking fragrance”. Don’t put anything on your skin you’d be afraid to eat, because the end result is the same!
Before I got sick, I had no clue that I was slowly being “poisoned” by products that I assumed were “safe” since they were on the market! If this could happen to me – YOU COULD BE NEXT.