Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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I've been sleeping on the couch, and setting my alarm for every two hours, so that I can poke Louis to make sure he is still alive. 

No, I'm not crazy!  I just thought we may be suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.  Yes, I do have a carbon monoxide alarm.

TEN and I each bought one after we watched a program about a husband who killed his wife by carbon monoxide poisoning.  It was totally intentional, and I trust TEN and all, but I still bought one.  Just in case.

Anyway, I was laying on the couch after grocery shopping and started to have a horrible headache.  Look here at what Wikipedia says about the side effects of carbon monoxide poisoning:

Symptoms of mild acute poisoning include lightheadedness, confusion, headaches, vertigo, and flu-like effects; larger exposures can lead to significant toxicity of the central nervous system and heart, and even death.

My headache kept getting worse, and then I went down to the basement to do some laundry.  I smelled the most horrible "gas-like" smell.  I have an ANCIENT oil furnace, and immediately became convinced that the pilot light must be out and the oil fumes were what I was smelling. 

(this is not my furnace, but mine looks about the same.  my basement, on the other hand, is much cleaner :)

I became convinced that Louis and I were being POISONED!  Look here at what Wikipedia says about where carbon monoxide poisoning originates:

It is often produced in domestic or industrial settings by older motor vehicles and other gasoline-powered tools, heaters, and cooking equipment.

Alas, the pilot light was burning.

Then I thought I was crazy.

And so, I took Louis and we went outside. 

BUT headache got better!  And he started perking up!

I came back in and tested the carbon monoxide alarm.  It appeared to be working.  I then turned every single ceiling fan on high.  I turned the heather completely off, and put on winter PJ's and heavy socks.  I bundled Louis up in a blanket, and I set my alarm for every 2 hours.

You see, TEN is out of town.  He is the only person I would have confessed my crazy to without being embarrassed.  And so...I decided that by waking up every 2 hours I would be able to keep Louis and I safe IF we really were being poisoned.  Somehow it seemed like a really good plan.

And it may have been?

Both Louis and I are still alive, I'm happy to report :)  I've not turned the heat back on in the house, but now the fans are off.  Louis has lots of extra blankets to snuggle with if he gets chilled while I'm at work, and the heating/air person is coming to check out the situation for me. 

So that's what has been going on in Louis' life this week.  He's been poked and prodded, on a regular basis, by his crazy mummy.  He's gone to day care to get him out of the house as much as possible.  I've had my thread and needle out, trying to take in his Halloween costume.  It ALMOST fits him.  And...he's got a new friend.

Oh.  Did I not mention that?  Here, have a look at the new pup in Louis' life...

Westie Licks,

T & Louis


Life is.... said...

I hope they can find out whats going one! that's scary to think that your being poisoned and not know where its cumming from!

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Oh, how scary!!! I had carbon monoxide poisoning as a kid-- you get extremely nauseated with the headache. That's all I remember about it.

Of course, now as an adult if I get nauseated and a headache I think I'm preggo.

I don't know what would be worse for MB. Carbon monoxide poisoning or unplanned pregnancy.

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This type of thing always scares me! And the comment above mine just made me laugh to hard- so true!

katie lake said...

Now I'm freaking out. Since moving in with my husband I have problems (especially during colder months) with headaches, vertigo, nausea, etc when sitting in our living room. It is in a part of the house that was a handyman addition to the house. It has all kinds of issues so I'm worried it isn't sealed properly. We don't have gas but mountainous regions (NE Tenn/VA area) have higher levels of carbon monoxide. Something to do with the breakdown of the minerals in the ground. I was starting to get a headache, sick to my stomach, dizzy then I went to the grocery store and started feeling better. Came back and saw your post and freaked out!

(Omg I just left you a novel of a comment. Oops!)

katie lake said...

Oh and PS Methane (sewer) gas has lots of the same symptoms. If one of your drains (shower, toilet, sink, etc) doesn't drain properly or or gets backed up it could be an issue.

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Let us know what it is!! Take care!!xoxo

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What a scary feeling. I would be a basket case. Please let us know when your handyman checks it out.

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I would be paranoid too!
I actually know someone .Actually...wait, IM going to email it to you becaues I dont know if somoeone who knows this family will ever find your blog by googling carbon monoxide poisoning or something.

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That is scary. We have an oil furnace also and when we first moved in it was in trouble mode and Joe kept trying to fix it and it wasn't actually working so i thought we were just getting poisoned and wanted to stick to the fire, but apparently our chimney was clogged which is really dangerous. Ugh. Quite the fiasco. All better now though! And glad to hear you guys survived. When does TEN get home? He has some work to do! :-)

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