I think i have mentioned before, that i always feel tired. Some days i feel like i could sleep all day. Days like today - i just about did. It doesn't matter how much sleep i get, or how much exercise i do in order to increase my energy levels...i always feel tired.
For awhile, i put my chronic fatigue down to recovering from that P addiction. I mean, i went practically a year without any sleep at all...so i figured it would take awhile for my body to catch up. It has been nearly two years though now. My body should be back to normal sleeping patterns and not feeling tired all of the time.
I was thinking about this today, and it dawned on me, that when i have been away from home for more than a day or so...i feel fine. The times that i spent down in Wanganui last year, i was bursting with energy, and it was the same when i spent those few days down at The Mount in January.
So i have done some research today, on the effects of inhaling mould, and mould exposure. A few weeks ago, i was looking for something under my bed, and found that the carpet under my bed is rotten and actually growing mould. There are big black patches of wet carpet with what looks like white foam growing out of it.
Here is what i have found today regarding the health effects of breathing in mould.
The 10 most common health risks associated with toxic mould are:
1. pulmonary hemorrhage or pulmonary hemosiderosis (primarily in infants)
2. nose bleeds
3. immune system suppression (resulting in increasing numbers of infections)
4. hair loss
6. chronic fatigue
7. psychological depression
9. sore throats
10. headaches and other flu-like symptoms
Headaches and Chronic Fatigue are two symptoms that i have experienced a lot of in the past year. On top of the above symptoms - night sweats - which i have been suffering from as well, are another sign that you are breathing in toxic mould.
The Chronic Fatigue can be attributed to the fact that the mould is attacking your immune system, therefore your body is wearing itself out fighting off infection that the mould is attempting to cause.
I need to muster some energy, get off my butt, and move from this dump that i have put up with living in for the past year...even if it means moving a little bit further away from the girl's school. I need to do it.
If you are looking at renting a home, keep in mind that the indications of a moisture problem may include discoloration of the ceiling or walls, warping of the floor, or condensation on the walls or windows. Had i known that warping of the floor was an indication of a mould problem, then i probably would have paid more attention to the fact that some parts of the floor in this place actually sag under the carpet. Nick noticed that straight away. Tradesmen are good like that.
The other signs are easier for a landlord to hide though. The walls, ceilings, and windows all looked fine when we moved in here. Within weeks though, paint was peeling off the ceilings, and i have spent hours, and lots of money attempting to stop the ceiling in the bathroom turning black. There is now a rip in the lino, in the bathroom, where there is no longer a sag in the wood underneath - it has totally rotted away. I have notified my landlord of this issue - several times - as well as showed him when he did the last inspection. He has not responded to me.
I give up.
Mould is a serious problem. I always thought that it was something that could be maintained, and only affected the building...i did not realise that it could actually have such adverse health affects. There is no other explanation for why i am feeling so tired all the time.
I need to move.
UGH. I hate moving.