Today, I tried decontaminating first thing in the morning to see if that would help with the mood issues. I wiped my body with a damp cloth and washed my hair really well. It seemed to make a big difference. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner!
We had a pretty “normal” day, I did laundry and worked on the blog while Brett made some work-related phone calls. In the evening however, the campground started filling up and my pain level rose significantly. As more and more people lit campfires I continued to feel worse. Moldy wood maybe?
When my throat started tightening, we knew we had to leave. I started to worry, “What if campgrounds won’t work after all? What if the campgrounds fill up a lot over the summer and there are campfires every night? Oh dear!”
We left the campground as quickly as we could and found a place to park by the side of the road in Custer State Park. We figured we could wait a couple hours and then go back to our campsite once all the fires were out and see if I had another reaction.
If I didn’t react, then we’d know it was probably just the campfires. If I did, then maybe one of the new RVs that showed up was moldy. While we waited, we took showers, relaxed and read aloud together.
Thankfully, when we returned to the campground all the fires were out and I felt fine. What a relief! Although, I’m still a little worried by the incident. I hope this just means that someone was burning moldy wood and not that I have a problem with campfire smoke in general. That would be such a bummer!
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