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Avoiding the Derecho's Autumn Harvest
Health, Weather

On June 29th, like so many in the path of the Derecho, my power went out around 10PM. For roughly two days. Almost immediately I felt an itchiness arising from my carpet. By Sunday, since my apartment faces West and catches the afternoon Sun, I sought shelter in a hotel, as the temperature in my unit was fast approaching 90 degrees. I'm originally from upstate New York. Growing up, Summer was six weeks. I don't do heat, let alone this!

When I swung by my abode Monday morning, I had power, so I checked out of my temporary digs. The A/C was on; the apartment was cooling; but the scratchiness remained.

After spending the following, oppressively torrid, week cleaning on a daily basis, and making no headway in this war, I could no longer take what had escalated into a constant need to itch and a gritty blackness that my hands picked up with every touch. Having lived with a packrat for twenty years - that would be my ex-husband - I knew the enemy: dust mites. I threw in the towel and had the rugs steam cleaned, and began the long process, which continues to this day, months later, of washing - no boiling - all the clothes in my walk in closet that had been infested. It took a few weeks to get below a reactive threshold to the beginnings of "victory."

I found in the interim that others with no physical damage to their homes were experiencing the same issue and were clueless as to what was afflicting them. So I write this as a public service, particularly since the seasons will soon be changing, and with that will come a switch to apparel that has not been worn in a while. Probably full of mighty mites, so rather than harvest them, don't be rash and get a rash! First wash and then wear to avoid an October Surprise!


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