9 Tasks For Someone Else To Do
I am an asthmatic. My asthma subgroup is allergic asthma. I have learned by trial and error that there are some tasks I should not do. This is because these tasks expose me to my asthma triggers. So, here are 9 tasks I should let someone else do.
Stirring up allergens
Mowing the lawn
The smell of grass doesn’t bother me so much anymore. It did when I was a kid with uncontrolled asthma. Now that my asthma is controlled so, for the most part, smells don’t bother me so much.
But, the actual process of cutting the grass has the potential to trigger my asthma. This is because the mower blows grass, weeds, dust, and other triggers into the air. They get into my eyes and are inhaled. My eyes get itchy. My itches and I sneeze. My chest gets tight sometimes.
A good solution here is to wear a mask. But, I don’t like wearing masks. They make me feel claustrophobic. So, this job is best reserved for someone other than me, someone without allergic asthma preferably.
Cleaning mold off chairs
Basements sometimes get very hot and humid during the summer months. This creates a breeding ground for mold spores. One winter I was inspecting the antique furniture I had stored down there. I noticed they were covered in mold.
My aunt informed me all I had to do was put a little bleach in a bucket of water. Then wipe the mold off using a rag. Of course, she said to do this in a well-ventilated area. She also recommended I wear a mask. I took the furniture into the garage and opened the garage door.
This method worked great for getting the mold off the furniture. The downside is the mold triggered my asthma. Inhaling the bleach probably didn’t help either. The solution here is to wear the darn mask. Another solution is to get someone else to do this task.
Exposure to dust
Cleaning the garage
The garage is an interesting place. It’s where you keep all your power equipment: lawnmower, snowblower, leaf blower, etc. Plus we also had boxes of kid toys and other junk scattered about. And you have nearly every trigger imaginable inside a garage. Add in four kids and garages can get pretty messy and fast.
And when it’s all sorted and clean (if you get that far) you have to sweep the floor. So, the entire process exposes me to my triggers. A good solution is to wear a mask. Or, better yet, get someone else to do it.
Sorting through boxes of stuff
By “stuff” I mean pretty much anything. I define stuff as random objects. You can use your imagination here. Wires, tools, bolts, electric outlets, toys, clothes, towels, etc. Now, add in some hot humid days during the summer months and you get a great environment for mold spore and dust mite growth.
Open up the box to sort out the “stuff” and all these triggers billow into the air. You inhale over time and the asthma strikes. Again, wearing a mask during such tasks would be a good idea. But, for this guy, sorting through boxes is a better job for non-asthmatics.
Sweeping the basement
There will come a time this job needs to get done. Do not do it if you have allergies or asthma or both. For one thing, ventilation in basements is far worse than in garages. This task should be doled out to someone without asthma.
Raking the leaves
Sometimes I can do this job without incident. And it’s great exercise. But, sometimes piles of leaves are covered by mold spores. You can probably also add in here lots of pollen and other triggers too.
When you’re moving leaves around all these triggers become aerosolized and inhaled. You’re lungs may not like this. The solution again is to wear a mask. Another solution is to get someone else to do it.
Blowing the leaves
A fun job. The leaf blower is one of the greatest inventions of all time. It’s loud. It’s fun to blow things around. Just ask Sponge Bob. But, where there’s wind there’s likely to be aerosolized asthma and allergy triggers.
Again, a mask would be helpful. Better yet, you could hire some non-asthmatic teenager to do it.
There are warmer winter days (like, 30-ish temperatures) when it’s okay for me to shovel for a while. But, when it gets too cold out (like, if it’s in the teens or less), that cold air can trigger asthma.
Wearing a scarf can help some. Breathing into a scarf causes you to rebreathe your warm humid air. But, I’m not a fan of this strategy. So, the job is better left for someone else.
Hauling and stacking wood
This one is not an issue at my home. But, when I go to my dad's cabin it does become an issue. This is because we all take turns doing this chore. I always feel guilty because I skip out on it.
It's not a good job for allergic asthmatics. This is because wood can get moldy. Again, I could wear a mask. But, I find it's best just not to do it. It's best to let someone else take my turn instead.
Easier said than done! Right?
I am finally at an age where I shouldn’t have to do these tasks anymore. I have kids that are old enough they can help out some. I also have access to more money now, so some of these jobs can simply be hired out. For instance, I can hire a service to manage my yard. And I’m sure there’s a kid who will shovel snow. So, those tasks will be pretty easy to avoid.
Other tasks might not be so easy to avoid. For instance, who am I going to get to sift through all those boxes of “stuff.” Most of that “stuff” is probably junk and can just be tossed out. But, amid that junk might be a treasure. Still, is the reward here worth the risk? Probably not.
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