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Old 04-18-2017, 09:44 AM   #29
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Old 04-18-2017, 01:35 PM   #30
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All of this is said with the knowledge that we are very lucky to have seemingly endless (seemingly, I know it's not) supplies of safe drinking water available in our houses from taps.

But...it's so hard to decide if a little deer poop is worse than all the estrogen and antidepressants and medications that are in our water system..! Both from what people flush down the toilet when it expires, and what they pee out. But then that stuff is in the environment, oceans and everywhere, not just a municipal water supply.

In general I'm careful about spring water. Luckily we've got a place close to the top of a mountain. No cattle above it, and not much chance for infection from other animals. I don't know if there's a filter, probably not, but the Forest Service has developed it a bit. There's a manhole next to it, and a rock structure built up with a spout.

In Moab I'd regularly fill from a hole in a rock cliff spewing out water. Never did get sick but you never know...

I definitely don't drink from streams, and yes, especially if there are beaver upstream. No giardia for me, thank you

I like the anti-bacterial soap points. Good to have some around for use after dumping the tanks. I don't really cook meat in the trailer so that helps.

I washed my upholstery after I first bought the trailer. I should probably get in the habit of at least doing it at the end of each season.

Good info!
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If the forest service has installed a spout it's likely ground water and naturally filtered so it should be good, the same as water from a well. If not the forest service would likely post a sign saying not fit for human consumption or boil before drinking.
Medications in drinking water are certainly a concern. The effects are often seem in the fish in these waters. It's getting harder to find clean water.
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Old 04-18-2017, 04:24 PM   #32
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We have stayed at several Wisconsin State Parks where signs were posted warning that the water was unsafe for children to drink due to high nitrate levels. The run off from agriculture
( fertilizer , pesticides , animal waste ) is polluting streams , lakes and wells.

We were camping with our grandkid's so we had to drive into town to purchase safe drinking water . One thing that irritated me was the park reservation website had no mention of any problems with the drinking water .
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Old 04-18-2017, 04:43 PM   #33
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"Sick Trailer Syndrome" is actually an off take of "Sick Building Syndrome" which is usually caused by exposure to airborne volatile organic chemicals from glues, adhesives, paint or from moulds.
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^ Yes, that's correct. But it was a catchier title than "has anyone heard of a bacteria buildup in a camper to the point where they keep getting sick over and over?" or something similar.

And it's on my mind. I have a bunch of friends who fought a long time to get their employer (the state gov) to listen to them about the building they worked in. And now they've all been moved out and the building sits empty. Lead.

I also house-sat for people over the winter, and something in that house was terrible for my sinuses. Free (actually paid) living space for the winter or not...I'm not sure I'll do it again next winter if they ask. Haven't decided yet.

So the "sick building" thing was on my mind.
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Zach, is there an odour in the building?
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Old 04-19-2017, 08:19 AM   #36
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The house I lived in over the winter? No, not that I or anyone else noticed.

The people have a dog, but most people I know have dogs, including myself. And I would think that after a couple months of that dog not being there, it would wear off if that's what bothered me.

I checked the air filter in the furnace and it was fine. Didn't see mold anywhere but that doesn't necessarily mean anything.

I house sat for them for two months over the summer, too, and my sinuses got messed up then, with no forced air heating on. But at that same time, I was working up in the mountains walking through juniper shrubs with clouds of pollen coming out of them, painting trees for a timber sale and getting paint spray back into my face...so it would be hard to blame that on the house.

But this winter got bad. I think it was bad for everyone...lots of inversions. But still. I had lots of nosebleeds, times when it hurt my sinuses just to breath, I got colds easily and was always stuffed up.
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The house I lived in over the winter? No, not that I or anyone else noticed.

The people have a dog, but most people I know have dogs, including myself. And I would think that after a couple months of that dog not being there, it would wear off if that's what bothered me.

I checked the air filter in the furnace and it was fine. Didn't see mold anywhere but that doesn't necessarily mean anything.

I house sat for them for two months over the summer, too, and my sinuses got messed up then, with no forced air heating on. But at that same time, I was working up in the mountains walking through juniper shrubs with clouds of pollen coming out of them, painting trees for a timber sale and getting paint spray back into my face...so it would be hard to blame that on the house.

But this winter got bad. I think it was bad for everyone...lots of inversions. But still. I had lots of nosebleeds, times when it hurt my sinuses just to breath, I got colds easily and was always stuffed up.
Sounds like your sinuses were very dry. Did you feel better when you took a shower? You can buy a portable steamer to take with you when you house sit.
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Probably not a bad idea.

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ZachO--I really feel for you. So many things to work on eliminating...and wonder about. I so sincerely hope you can gradually find out what all is causing your troubles. My guess is it may be more than one thing, but a synergistic combo of things. None of them very bad by itself, but added to other things and there you are. The dry air idea is good, too.


Let us know how you're doing as time goes on?


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Sounds like your sinuses were very dry. Did you feel better when you took a shower? You can buy a portable steamer to take with you when you house sit.
Correction. I should have said portable humidifier. I looked up steamer on Amazon and got nothing but cooking appliances.
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I appreciate the concern!

Yes, I'm dying. I figure I only have at most 50 years left. I plan to make the most of that time.

My sinuses are still a bit messed up, but I think compared to your average person, I'm not experiencing anything terrible. They're better, but not great. It may have been a mix of a lot of irritants, some new allergies, and a very cold, dry winter. They're a bit better now, and I'm out of that house and in a different town.
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"Always wash your hands after you take them off."


Yes, of course you meant the disposable gloves, but as a stand-alone sentence, this was a hoot.


Thanks for a good chuckle!


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You've got to' hand it' to Kai to find a chuckle in a rather bland subject ! Thanks ! David in Fresno and Sonora, CA
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