Friday, I got home at 10.45am. That made Rassi very happy to have me home so early
We went over to visit my mother and Mitzi, a visit Rassilon ALWAYS enjoys, because he knows all the places Mitzi hides her food, and he mooches around and eats it all.
I, on the other hand, wasn’t so happy. I had been sent home from work because the original reason I was taken off the wards has flared up again.
I used to be a PSA (orderly / cleaner), in a hospital, but they introduced a cleaner, Actichlor Plus, a chlorine based cleaner / disinfectant, and I had a reaction to it. My eyes would go red, swell up and become agonizingly itchy, the skin dries out and flakes (and if I am near Actichlor Plus for too long, they start to split open).
I had to go on work cover because it was work related and affected my ability to work. I was taken off the wards and put in the office away from Actichlor Plus and things were great.
They found me a job in the Day of Surgery Unit, where they do the cleaning at night. But the vapors were still in the air and residue on surfaces. The result was that I was there for only 2 days before the nurse in charge told me not to come back.
After that I went to a different hospital for a year, where they only use Actichlor Plus for cleaning rooms or areas that have had infectious patients in them and everything was fine. But the contract ran out and I had to go back to the first hospital where I found a job in their records department.
Little did anyone, (Me, the records bosses or the work cover rep), think that Actichlor Plus fumes could permeate the paper, thus putting me in a position where I was handling the stuff again, but in a smaller dose, that is why it has taken this time to have it’s reaction.
My eye is swollen, dry, flaking, maddeningly itchy (I am trying not to scratch), and this time VERY hot. It is likely that I will not be going back to records unless a doctor can give me something to control this. I see the doctor tomorrow.
On the bright side, being out of the records area I will be able to take some of the annual leave I have not been able to take for the last three years, and that will make Rassilon happy to have me around all the time, able to go for a walk and play with him. And to be honest, I will enjoy it as well.
(I have to remember to call the cleaner Actichlor Plus, because plain Actichlor is a swimming pool chlorine. Swimming pool chlorine is diluted in water at a rate of 3.5 parts chlorine per million parts water. Actichlor Plus is diluted at 1000 parts cleaner per million parts water).