We’ve decided that our camp isn’t good enough enough of the time to continue to live there. There are toxins that we react to that blow in before the storms, and the storms are frequent enough that with the tent contaminated we aren’t getting enough good days. The tent is still bad so we’ve decided to sell it. Living in hotels is going really well right now. Being able to get in the hot tub and pool has been a really huge part of healing.
We’ve been driving around and checking out different parts of the Oklahoma City area. Today we went to Norman. It reminds me a lot of the Iowa City/Coralville area being home of OSU. We’ve been reading the book Eric on Avoidance and realized that indoor mold in a building and create a plume outdoors that we can react to. When we drove by a bunch of older apartments in Norman, we could definitely feel them. I really think this is what happened in our second apartment in Coralville. We lived across the driveway from some older apartments that they were remodeling. They didn’t have windows in them and they definitely weren’t covered properly during all of the storms. Our other apt was at the other end of the building and high enough to be above the neighboring buildings instead of on the same level. There were so many things as a moldy that I was horrified by watching this remodeling happening thinking of future tenants getting sick. I wish I had thought that maybe it could affect the air in my apartment as well.
After we passed the apartments, we stopped at a church to decontaminate and turn around. I pulled my smooth move of slamming my head and into the top of the door frame that I really struggle with on a routine basis. I can’t even begin to count how many times I’ve whacked my head on the door frame hard enough to cry. This really felt like the beginning of my 10th concussion. I leaned my seat back and closed my eyes on the way back to the hotel and while Wesley got groceries. Once we got back to the hotel, we got a new room and sat in the hot tub. I didn’t know if the hot tub would be bad or if it would be tolerable, but I was going back-and-forth between the hot tub and pool like I usually do and as I was sitting there I was able to open my eyes all the way and not feel like my whole head and eyes were just forced down from the impact anymore. After resting for an hour in a dark, quiet room, I went down and Wesley and I ate dinner before we sat in the hot tub a second time before bed. I’m not 100%, but it’s a lot better than I thought it was going to end up this afternoon after it happened. This is not the first time I’ve whacked my head really hard since we’ve started mold avoidance but it’s the first time I’ve thought I might end up with a concussion out of it. This makes complete sense to me because if your brain’s on fire because of mold, and then you have a head injury that creates more inflammation it’s going to be worse and heal slower. Who knew quicker concussion healing, or not getting one with the same impact, would be a side benefit of mold avoidance?