I've always disliked Christmas. Too many obligations and having to visit and spend time with people I don't necessarily like. Too busy and never getting my birthday to me.
This year I get the added stress of chemical sensitivity on top of the normal Christmas crap. I'll be spending several hours in a smokers house followed by several hours in an air freshener addicts house, all on Christmas day. I'm trying to cancel my birthday because i dont want the stress of people in my home but i doubt the boyfriends mom will listen and will show up with her chain smoking hubby.
Then the boyfriends birthday is the 30th and his family will be coming over, his parents and his cousins, the cousins all smoke a lot too and love their scented stuff. I get sick from smoke on people clothing. I still can't wear the jacket I wore to the boyfriend parents place that i have washed 4 times without getting sick, so it's guaranteed that I'll get sick from them being in my home. Hopefully it comes off the chairs fairly easily. And on top of his family hanging out from 7pm to 9pm he will be hosting a poker game with all his karate friends starting around 9:30pm. One of them is a really rich guy that wears cologne every day, so even if he doesn't wear any that day it'll be on his jacket and clothing. The boyfriend will be asking people to not wear perfume or cologne or use scented lotion but he isn't going to say anything about laundry detergents or dryer sheets or smoking. He doesn't think anyone smokes, I'm pretty sure the rich guy smokes.
I'm going to move all my stuff out of the front closet so that my stuff won't get contaminated by other people's stuff. I'm planning on setting up the poker stuff upstairs so that both his family and his friends will be on the main floor and hopefully the basement remains safe. We have a bungalow though so the bedroom is on the main floor. I'm hoping it's not too bad and that i can use the kitchen, living room and bedroom the next day. That night i will be sleeping in the basement. I plan on saying hi to his karate friends then hiding in the basement. But i have to be social when his family is over, and not snapping at people because of their addictions. I'm hoping it warms up so that i can crack the windows when people are over and hopefully air the place out a bit.
I can't use anything to cover the couch, people just pull the blankets down and put them on their laps. So besides wearing my mask, which will offend, does anyone have any ideas on how i can protect myself and my home during all this?