The Canary in the Coal Mine
I’m reblogging this because May is MCS Awareness Month. If you don’t know what MCS is, I highly recommend that you read this article because it’s something that everyone needs to be aware of. I follow the blogs of several people who lead very challenging lives because of MCS and it’s something that can affect us all to varying degrees. The sad thing is, it’s totally preventable.
This was a nickname given to me at work. If you haven’t heard the phrase, it relates to the fact that coal miners would bring canaries into the mine with them. The small bird would show signs of physical distress if toxic gases where present well before the miners would be able to detect the gases presence. And OBVIOUSLY the miners would evacuate the area.
How did I acquire this nickname? It is because I have MCS (multiple chemical sensitivities). It is just as it sounds – many different chemicals make me sick. I first noticed my symptoms almost 30 years ago: mostly headaches when I was near someone wearing perfume or cologne. I stopped wearing scented products and asked family and friends to tone it down. For about 25 years my life was fairly normal. But about 5 years ago a few things happened to kick my sensitivities into…
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