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Love’s Not Time’s Fool

Two people are compatible when what they consider to be “real” overlaps substantially. But of course that mental concept of reality can warp and bend over a lifetime, since it has, itself, only a relative truth to it. Some ideas, like future, can implode… Continue Reading “Love’s Not Time’s Fool”

Whatever it Takes

You might notice that your body can become as unreasonable as a newborn baby. Do newborns care if you were sleeping? No. Do they retract their demands if you are sick yourself and haven’t slept for three days? No, they don’t. Even a healthy… Continue Reading “Whatever it Takes”

Coming to Grips with CIRS Diagnosis

Getting a diagnosis of CIRS can be beyond overwhelming. There is no other diagnosis that brings with it such relief that you finally know what it is and how to fix it, followed by the slow, sickening waves of realization about how devastating “the… Continue Reading “Coming to Grips with CIRS Diagnosis”

Mold Avoidance 101

The point of mold avoidance is to remove something you can’t see, smell or taste, but you can still feel it. There are colonies, spores, toxins and super-toxins. It helps to find a way to understand them and conceptualize them in order to contain… Continue Reading “Mold Avoidance 101”

The Toolkit

There is a toolkit of products and strategies that we use to remove spores and toxins from our belongings. Before getting started, let’s remember some basics.   Colonies make spores. Spores make toxins. Toxins suck. Spores are willing to move along peacably, but if… Continue Reading “The Toolkit”

Planning Your Mold Sabbatical

First things first. What is a mold sabbatical? It is a time dedicated exclusively to recovering your health by carefully controlling your environmental microbiome. The nature of this illness is an over activation of an immune response. The only real remedy is to allow… Continue Reading “Planning Your Mold Sabbatical”

The Mental Health of CIRS

I recently wrote a post called “To the Person Who Thinks This Illness is in my Head.” I wanted to make it very clear that I am experiencing a physical medical phenomenon and to crush any suggestion that I am somehow manifesting this nightmare… Continue Reading “The Mental Health of CIRS”

CIRS Laundry 101

Making the switch from using laundry machines to doing your own laundry by hand only happens when you have to. Everyone tries to get out of it. It seems daunting. Impossible. But it’s not.   I thought it was going well before I was… Continue Reading “CIRS Laundry 101”

The Personality Traits You Need to Kick CIRS

  You will need certain personality traits to succeed in healing from CIRS. If you don’t possess them yourself, you will have to either develop them or borrow them from an ally. — A Buddhist/ Yogi–If you are not yet a Buddhist or a… Continue Reading “The Personality Traits You Need to Kick CIRS”

Why This is So Freaking Hard

I’m thinking it would be helpful for me to explain why this is so freaking hard.   Do you know anyone who has a shellfish allergy? Or is allergic to peanuts or beestings? After their first allergic reaction, they know they have an allergy.… Continue Reading “Why This is So Freaking Hard”

To the Person who Thinks This Illness is in my Head

From the prospective of someone with a strong constitution, it can seem like people with chronic illnesses are whiners. I’d like to address some of the myths you might have about people like me. But first, I would like to extend myself to imagine… Continue Reading “To the Person who Thinks This Illness is in my Head”

A Dear John Letter to Civilization

Dear Modern Civilization, I know you have felt this coming on, but it is clear to me that we need to spend some time apart. It’s not you, it’s me. Well, no, it’s almost totally you. It’s just that I can finally see you clearly.… Continue Reading “A Dear John Letter to Civilization”

Forced Exile with a Tailwind

Yesterday I found myself walking around a neighborhood north of Cincinnati, Ohio, tears rolling down my cheeks as my eyes passed over the 1970s ranches. Eight out of 10 of them has Trump signs in their front lawns. I was walking to warm up,… Continue Reading “Forced Exile with a Tailwind”