dear customers, coworkers and other such individuals who douse themselves in fragrances and then proceed to invade and poison my workplace:
no, seriously. i know i’m supposed to be providing superior customer service, but once you step anywhere near my workplace, even if only in passing, i cannot think once the air is tainted. my head gets swimmy, i begin choking and coughing, and one hell of a headache starts piercing me right behind my eyes. this isn’t bc i think you smell bad, which people often think when someone starts coughing only when in your general proximity. it’s bc i’m disabled, and my sense of smell has become more powerful than most people can even imagine. there are days where i can be left choking over an entire shopping cart of clothing bc there is one article in there somewhere that had been washed.
people may think i am kidding when i say these things as literally as i do. i would then urge you to speak with one of many people who has chemical sensitivities, to perhaps show you that this is not a case of one or two people. several people [tho numbers are unknown] are bound to their homes or must go through extreme measures just to step outside of one’s home in order to run basic errands or even see their own doctors.
perhaps then you might be able to understand. or if not, at least stay away from my fan.
snark aside, this is a call for aid.
as my last post has suggested, i am in relapse. this is odd for me, as i do not typically relapse during summer months – typically it happens during the winter with the snow and severe cold. i don’t know why it’s coming up so early for me this time, but it’s left me in quite a sorry state. most of it i already know how to handle. but for one reason or another, my sensitivities have shot through the roof. this is quite alarming seeing as i’m still only just learning about how extensively chemicals inside and outside of my home are affecting me [albeit without the assistance of my doctors]. as such there are things that have never affected me before [or at least not that i am aware of] but are now, such as showering and laundry supplies.
i’ve been taking care to try to remove some of the problematic chemicals and fragrances where i can, tho finances make this difficult. shampoo and the likes i think i can work with, but i need help with ideas from my readers for the laundry situation.
currently i use the purex complete 3-in-1 laundry sheets. my fiance introduced them to me bc of how difficult and painful it is for me to use bottles of laundry detergent, both in carrying and in pouring. the sheets meant that i could do my own laundry without assistance, and i wouldn’t have to put them off for ages bc i didn’t have the energy [well i still put it off but not for as long]. but now for one reason or another these are starting to set me off, and last week i nearly had to call into work bc my own clothes were starting to make me sick. i need a way to do said laundry without including the potent chemicals and fragrances in most laundry detergent, in a way that will not further aggravate my disabilities [joint & muscle pain/weakness & low energy primarily, and esp since i will have to bring said products down a flight of stairs at least once], and in a way that i can reasonably afford seeing as i am also incredibly poor. access to products around here is quite limited and expensive – a single reasonably sized bottle of fragrance-free shampoo here can cost me about $17. meaning i would likely have to start getting these products online, which poses the problems of shipping costs and questions of how safe their products actually are.
so yes. given the complexity of my situation, and how little experience i have in searching for such products seeing as it hasn’t been a problem in the past, i am in desperate need of your help. i am hoping that someone will have ideas and experience where i have none.