Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Let your opinion be known (only if it agrees with mine though)

Okay, ya'll help a girl out and let me know what you think. I'll just lay the case out for you and then let the people decide.

I have dust allergies. They are not seasonal, they are all the stinkin, year-round, "I live in a very old house that will be dusty no matter what" allergies. I am proposing that since having dust allergies precludes me doing housework without getting the "sneezing, coughing, red eyes, gross throat drainage, earaches" sinus problems, that this condition would be considered an ON THE JOB hazard. This is my job and I can't do my job without getting sick.

Don't you think I should receive workplace disability compensation for this condition? Or, at the very least, a full-time live in maid? But, bless her heart, she would have no place to live here as we are pretty crowded as it is and we are adding one more. I'll even take a come and go maid as long as she would come and go everyday.

Mark says I could just wear a dust mask when I dust, sweep, and vacuum, but I don't like that idea at all. I have standards to uphold here and wearing my pjs till noon AND a dust mask just don't cut it.

Ladies, what do you think? Am I being unreasonable? How can I make the people down at Worker's Comp understand the position I am in? ;) ;)


  1. At the very least you deserve someone to come in once or twice a week and clean for you!!!!

  2. Thank you Carrie! I knew someone would understand!

  3. I agree with Carrie! With an old house (like mine)sometimes I wish I could just take everything out, open all the doors and windows and hose the whole thing out! My poor family has just come to accept dust as a permanent fixture in our house. In fact, last night during dinner we were commenting on the interesting spider webs hanging from the dining room ceiling. With dust, I am a failure!

  4. Girl! Get yourself a maid to come in once a week. And for the in between days - good heavens! You've got 3 little maids that could wear the mess out of a dust rag! Offer $5 each time for the one that does it the best. I'm sure Matt will become a dusting machine. LEARN TO USE YOUR RESOURCES - just don't tell them Aunt Jill suggested it!

  5. Ya'll are too funny. Actually I do have the kids do most of the vacuuming and dusting because it gets to me so much.

    I'm just whining a little, well a lot. I'll hush now.

  6. Oh my word, if there was such a thing, I think I would be able to collect also. I have awful allergies and every time I sweep out the garage or the porch I'm sneezing. I finally broke down and did wear a mask and it helped BUT it made me sweat so bad I thought I was going to hyperventilate! Hope you can collect soon or at the very least get a maid!!!

  7. I like what Jill said... put the kids to work. I know I get Lexie to help me as much as I can... when she'll cooperate, that is.

    I never dust (unless we're having company, which is hardly ever). We have an old house too, so I know how it is.

  8. I definitely think your condition requires the need for a maid!
    But I also agree with the other commenters...put the kid to work!

  9. I totally agree with you. I think you should hire a maid, and write it off as a medical expense.

    While you are tackling this, here is my other issue. Working moms get a big fat daycare tax deduction. Where is the stay-at-home mom's deduction for taking care of my OWN kids??? Huh?? We're the poor ones living on one income, we need the deduction more!!

    Let me know when you get that changed. Thanks.

  10. I completely agree!!! I think that, as your employer, your sweet hubby should be required to provide a maid service to help with your disability. Anything less would be considered gross negligence of employee and discrimination against disability.

    And I am in HR. So that should count for somethiing. ;)

  11. Hi,

    You have a nice blog. I just thought of mentioning about this website www.dustmitesallergies.org. They seem to offer specialized advice of dust mites allergies.