As I said here often, both Libby and I have excellent health. One consequence of that is perhaps non-obvious; we learn about health issues late in life. Libby's only allergy is pencillin. Until now, I never had any allergies. At the doctor's office I always answer "none."
For the past year or two, I've been bothered by a runny nose every morning. It comes and goes, but it doesn't go for long. In the past 6 months, I've also been bothered by blurring and tearing that makes it impossible to read in the evening. At this point, I'm sure many of you are slapping your foreheads, saying "Allergies idiot. Duh." But my mind just didn't think along those lines. It never occurred to me.
The epiphany happened this week when I came across a 4 year old bottle of anti-allergy eye drops in our medicine cabinet. I put them in and found instant reliet. AHA!
Next step is allergic to what? Well, it seems to be something on the boat because I'm usually not bothered when ashore. Without specific knowledge we need a broad brush approach.
First we bought new hypoallergenic bed pillows. Then new throw pillows. Then we stripped all the covers on all the cushions and wash them. We also aired out the foam rubber from the cushions. Next was a spring cleaning of wooden surfaces with chlorine. That is hard to do on a boat where all the cubbies are full of stuff. Compare it to cleaning the upholstery in your car while speeding down the interstate with 4 people on board.
When the weather is nice enough, we leave the hatches and port windows open.
Now my nose and eye problems are much improved but not gone. Next step will be to repaint the painted surfaces in the cabin with mildew resistant paint.
We would welcome any other suggestions.