What is it like to move away from mold, packing most of your worldly goods away, perhaps forever?
I'm still back and forth between the two houses several times a day, despite one shorter drive three times a week being my usual limit. I know I'm partly running on adrenaline, but my ability to nap, and the refreshed energy I get in the evening, after napping in the mold-free new environment, make me suspect the mold avoidance is working.
I go back to the old place, sort our belongings, wash those we can keep in a special solution, rinse and dry them, then pack them to bring to the new house. The items we can get rid of go in Sell or Donate piles. Those we can't bring to the new house, but can't get rid of -- sentimental items, little treasures -- go into various types of storage depending on what they're made of, what they can be stored in, and when I expect to be able to revisit them. We don't have forever to get moved out of the old place, so there's an anxious feeling of urgency.
True, I'm running down, after a week of this. Friday night I fell asleep at 8pm, woke up to do some Hazel care, then went back to sleep until 5:30 am. Last night I slept for 8 hours, but those 8 hours started around 10pm. I just hit the wall and konk out, early in the evening.
Hazel seems to be a little tiny bit better, in general, but she vomited again yesterday and is still mostly-bedridden, getting up only to use the bathroom. She has the master suite so her bathroom is a the fewest possible steps from her bed. Her doctor told me Hazel should stop taking supplements until her stomach settles, so we'll see if that helps. Anyway, it'll save on the supplement bill. :/
I know that lots of my friends with neuroimmune disease wonder whether mold might be part of their problem. I would now say, if you suspect mold in your home, get it tested. If there's mold there, then at the very least try a mold avoidance vacation if not a complete move.
A vacation wasn't an option for Hazel, whose extreme weakness keeps her unable to be out of bed much. She was in intense pain during the car ride one way, here. But if we could have, we'd have gone to the high desert, with only fresh clothes and items that hadn't been exposed to the moldy house, to test whether we felt better there.
Moving away from mold was a gamble, but it was a pretty sure bet since the old place definitely tested positive for molds, and Hazel tested off the charts for mold-related toxins in her urine. So, while she's not better yet, I'm thinking she's just about got to get better after more time detoxing in the new home.
If you're able to help a little, we are still in need of clothing and many household item replacements, plus we need to raise funds for Hazel's house call doctor to see her by November at the latest, when she's due for an annual in-person exam, and sooner if possible. Anyone wishing to contribute cash can send it via PayPal to HelpForHazel@gmail.com, or if you'd like to shop for something from our Mold "Wedding" registry, shop here: https://www.amazon.com/wedding/share/creekfeet2healhazel We're getting married to a life without mold. :)