“Momma always said, life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Forrest Gump
Life never goes as we plan, for instance this living in a basement has not worked out liked I planned. In fact, it has had its disadvantages, especially when it came to our daughter’s well-being. We originally thought that we would rent the basement of our friend’s home with the hopes of saving money for some land to buy or perhaps buy a home. However, living in a basement with a child who has lung issues, it is no wonder we would see her health decline. Looming in my mind with a recent doctor visit revealed that she needed to go on a higher dosage of preventive, Advair. For some reason, I overlooked that any basement would be damp, even one that is considered to be a split level, taking for granted the home we lived in was eight years newer and had the air to air exchanger and newer ventilation system. Oh how I miss our newer home.
Here is my situation, I am feeling guilty because from the beginning I had a feeling that this living arrangement was not the best for our daughter but instead the idea of cheaper rent, intrigued my husband and me especially when we could bank most of my income. Now I am beginning to think we were wrong, however, we are going to with the doctor’s recommendation, to keep her on the meds until we are out of the basement. It really goes against my mother’s instinct to have my daughter on powerful meds with side affects but until we feel that we are more financially, sound we are trying to stay put.
Therefore, the plan is to remedy the mold issues, bleach, and paint with antifungal paint problem areas. We plan to run our two Hepa filters, diffuse with Thieves and OnGuard essential oils, keep Becca healthy but making sure, she is taking her medication. In addition to homeschooling at her Grandma’s home, so that she is not subject to bad air quality every waking hour.
Following the new plan of action, we will wait and see for about four to six weeks and see if Becca’s health improves. Depending on her health, we will then see if we need to opt for a different living arrangement. The final goal is to be into a new place by the end of summer or early fall of next year.
Ironically, Forrest Gump had in right, Life is like a box of chocolates, and never knowing what is underneath the surface until you sample it. That is how I am looking at our current situation, taking one day at a time, just like trying a piece of chocolate. Bittersweet life can be!