The articles in the last few weeks were partially based on personal experience, an experience that most of us never think about.
How often has mold been an issue in your life? Or more correctly: How often has mold been an issue in your life that you were not aware of? We are not talking about the mold you may scrape off the cheese that was hidden in the back of the refrigerator since the last potluck. We took at look at the mold that is in our daily lives and can impact us in many ways that we are not even aware of.
Two and a half years ago we found a piece of property that appeared to meet all of our expectations. From the very first day we moved in I noticed a strange smell that I could not identify.
It was so subtle that I discounted it as being my imagination and because we were in a new environment. Not long afterwards, after some of the adrenal rush from moving in and getting settled was not such a big deal, I noticed that when I was indoors I would get a “squinty” feeling in my eyes.
It was sort of like I feel when I do not get enough sleep or when I have been stressed or adrenalized for a period of time. Again, I wrote it off as being involved in moving in and getting adjusted to the changes. I did mention it to my wife and later I am glad I did because she remembers it being a problem from the beginning.
The problem was not as noticeable during the summer as it was/is during the spring, fall and winter months when humidity is higher and I am indoors more of the time. All of us are exposed to some mold every day. If you have allergies to it, you can have a reaction.
We are all different and our reaction can be as different as we are. Besides the squint eyes I noticed I needed to blow my nose more often, plus I experienced wheezing, itchy back, arms and legs plus (mild rash) and often my eyes would water and be itchy.
Mold is part of daily life. It can be indoors as well as outdoors even though you might not notice. It spreads by releasing tiny, lightweight spores that travel through the air. It grows quickly in moist dark spaces, such as basements, garbage cans and rotting vegetation.
The house we moved in to is about 100 years old. It had been remodeled and additions added multiple times plus it had been raised up off the ground with a small, low crawl space under the house. Whoever had done the plumbing in the past did not have a firm grasp on what they were doing and I had to go under the house in the crawl space multiple times to make repairs, plus add I added insulation to the underfloor and water pipes. Every time I did, I noticed my symptoms would be worse.
Sometime during the first part of our move I noticed that insomnia became a problem. Insomnia was new to me, I had never had a problem in the past even when in high stress situations. But, I wrote it off again as something caused by the changes we were going through. A lot of what we read says we sleep less as we grow older. Less was not an issue because I would have to take a short nap in the afternoon in order to recharge my energy.
If we do a quick search on the internet we find a little here and a little there where mold is concerned and most of us do not pursue it. I believe that can also the case with most health practitioners, they do not have any, or very little, exposure to information on mold in school and disregard the health problems it can cause.
We looked at some of the many health issues connected to mold in past articles and will look at more in the future. Your symptoms may be different than mine as there are many more than those I have experienced. Maybe some of them are the phantoms that are lurking in your health and life too. We are in the process of change and hopefully this move will eliminate some, if not all, of the mold related problems.