My New Years Resolutions are usually somewhat related to improving my asthma control. That was the idea when I challenged myself to lose 30 pounds in 2016 and maintain that weight loss in 2017. In 2018, I’m going to set a resolution to avoid my asthma triggers.
Okay, so you might be thinking: shouldn’t you be doing that already? Well, in the ideal world, yes! But in the real world, it’s easier said than done. Someone has to mow the grass. Someone has to blow the leaves. And those jobs usually fall on the guy. Not always! It doesn’t have to be that way. But, when the grass needs to be cut really bad, I just do it and deal with the consequences later.
So, this New Years Resolution, I think, might be the hardest to accomplish. Yeah! It might not even be possible. But I will give it “the old college try.”
Here’s what this “college try” will entail.
- No deep cleaning. Okay. I will pick pick up things. That I can do. I can help my kids and wife pick up toys and stuff. But no deep cleaning. What do I mean by deep cleaning? It means no pulling things out from under beds. No cleaning closets. No cleaning the basement. This is going to sound kind of nerdy, but I’m the cleaner in my house. I like doing this. I like cleaning and organizing. But, beginning in 2018, someone else will be doing this in my house. Well, I’ll help organize. But no deep cleaning. The problem here is, if no one else does these chores, it’s going to drive me nuts and I’ll end up doing it anyway. So, it will probably take some retraining of the other people living in our house. And that’s not easy to do considering this disease is invisible.
- No mowing the grass. Or, in my case, the weeds. I have a large yard. There’s some grass out there, but there’s also lots of weeds. There’s places that have neither, and so there’s lots of dust that billows out the sides of the mower. So, as you might imagine, this is not a good job for an asthmatic. This is especially not a good job for an allergic asthmatic, someone with severe allergies to dust and grass and mold. Someone else will be mowing my lawn during the summer of 2018. My 14-year-daughter has volunteered. She even said she’d do it for free. Wow! I’m pretty impressed. We’ll see how this goes.
- No blowing leaves. This will be another tough one to give up. Raking leaves. Fine! I can give that up easy. But the power tools. The leaf blower. That will be tough to give up. That’s what us guys live for. But, the leaves are covered with mold. And when you blow leaves, you’re also blowing dust around. So, it’s definitely not good for this allergic asthmatic. My daughter also volunteered to do this next year. Hmmmm.
Can I accomplish this resolution?
It’s definitely not going to be as easy as losing weight. Just kidding there. Losing weight was very hard. I think this resolution is going to be equally challenging, though. With a little (a lot) of help from my family, though, I think this can be done.