Ryan enjoyed another restful night, free of chronic coughing. All signs point to the poinsettias, which were removed from the house on Friday. There’s only one way to know for sure and that is to reintroduce the plants. There’s no way I’m going to do this, so I will always have some doubt in my mind. You know what, though? I can live with not entirely knowing. I’m okay with that.
It’s insane how the mere presence of a plant can cause such discomfort. This is counter to every effort we take to create the healthiest living environment for Ryan. Early last year I researched plants that actually “scrub” the air of common household pollutants and asked if I could get starts from anyone who might have them. People were literally dropping off full-blown plants on my doorstep!
I also use the best air filters I can find in our furnaces. They aren’t even carried in the stores around me. I must order them directly — dozens at a time — from the company (Filtrete). These get replaced each month, no exceptions. It doesn’t stop there, either. There two air purifiers running all the time. The first is “whole house” unit. The second is a smaller (but powerful) model that is in Ryan’s room.
Another step to keep it healthy is vacuuming the entire basement almost every day and mopping every other. I only dust with a damp cloth (or sanitary wipe) and some powerful detergent. This extends to the laundry too. We only use fragrance-free detergents and dryer sheets for Ryan’s bedding, linens, and clothes.
And yet, a flippin’ plant sabotaged all these efforts! It makes me worry that I might be missing other things. Am I overlooking the obvious? If you might know of other allergen sources that are commonly missed, please share it with me.
In the meantime, I’ll be putting the pets in plastic body suits. I’m kidding! Just in case PETA is monitoring me…