If you are fortunate enough to work at home like I do, then multiple chemical sensitivity really isn’t a problem. But that wasn’t always the case. After 25 years, I ended up taking an early retirement from one of the country’s largest carriers of hazardous materials. The reasons for this seem pretty obvious as a sufferer with MCS. But the actual reason I had to retire was not from MCS but from chronic tendonitis in both feet from the constant walking on concrete floors and metal catwalks in the Hub. This was in the year 2000.
At that time in my life I had managed to clean up the environment in my home to the point that my total toxic load was low enough that I good manage working part-time in an environment that was not conducive for my overall health and wellness. By being extremely vigilant in eliminating as much pollutants, chemicals and toxins in my home environment, I was able to manage despite all the triggers I came in contact with in my work environment. The key word here is manage. It goes without saying that the pollutants I came in contact with on the job didn’t affect my health, but I was able to tolerate it for the 4 or 5 hours I was on the job which allowed me to support myself.
The environment has a profound influence on our health. the quality of air that we breathe and the water we drink directly influences our condition ,as does the human environment around us. A noisy, high stress environment, for example, can interfere with our efforts to be healthy, while a quiet natural environment supports well-being. Being able to work at home has truly been a stabilizing force on my health. Having a flexible schedule also is important on those days when you just can’t seem to get out of your own way.
Another factor that allowed me to reach the level of wellness that I achieved was my attention to nutrition. I was very careful what I ate realizing the link between a healthy body and a diseased one. Especially today when our food is contaminated with so many chemicals. If you think about it, our daily food is a condensed form of the environment that we internalize each day, and thus has a decisive influence on our health and well-being.
exercise also played a key role in my health. I am fortunate not to be allergic to trees, grasses and pollen, so the outdoors was my playground. I regularly enjoyed hiking, camping, swimming, softball, sledding and cross-country skiing with my children. I really can’t recall not having a membership to a Fitness Club for any length of time. The benefits of exercise cannot be over empathized here if you truly want to heal.
That being said, now that I am older, I find I can’t recuperate as fast as I could 11 years ago when I am exposed to certain pollutants, like the neighbors dryer exhaust from the fabric softener sheets, or the cigarette smoke I can smell on someone’s clothing while standing in line at the supermarket. So the fact that I can work at home and remain in my clean toxic free home office is truly a blessing.