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Never too old to move house

Posted 18-11-2013 at 11:22 by MargaretR

I deleted all my previous blog entries but decided to publish this one because my experience might help others.

You may already know that I did a super rapid house move in July to avoid 'death by silver birch pollen'. I already have COPD as one of my old age problems, and living across the road from a plantation of silver birch trees in full reproductive mode nearly 'put my lights out'.

By the time the pollen had dispersed the heatwave began, and I found living in a 1st (top) floor flat was like living in a sauna. Altogether I say that those few months from April to July were a battle for survival - but I made it with the help of my son and his wife, and Pickfords Packing Service.

I have likened this move to a move from B&B to The Hilton. My living space has increased by 100%. My old flat would fit in the main bedroom at my new place, and I now have a ground floor balcony/patio bigger than my old kitchen. It is described as an 'executive apartment'

I can now see that my previous flat was not a healthy place to live - tree pollen, dust from adjacent unmade road, disturbed sleep due to a 'mentally challenged' neighbour, dampness in ceiling due to two roof leaks, very low ceilings and tiny rooms. I lived there for over 10 years and my ill health began after living there for five.

Where you live matters just as much as what you eat when it comes to safeguarding health.
I regret ever having lived there now I have experienced better standard accommodation, for , not really, much more money.

Unfortunately it seems as though I will never regain the level of health I had before 'birch pollen' caused dramatic decline, but at least I can be poorly in comfort.

I now need 'homecare' - all my housework and 'supervised bathing' - 3 one hourly visits per week. I don't get any council help with cost but have qualified for low rate Attendance Allowance.

So despite worsened health I regard my quality of life has improved with this move.
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    I have 'enabled comments' but have been told that someone tried to comment and couldn't - I have told Mick there seems to be a problem. Thanks to the people who have PM'd me and 'liked'
    Posted 18-11-2013 at 18:54 by MargaretR MargaretR is offline
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    Working ok for me
    Posted 19-11-2013 at 19:45 by Mick Mick is offline
 

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