Day 86 | My Family is Coming!

June 3, 2017

Guess what y’all? My family is coming to visit us in 11 days! And they’re bringing our dog Ramona to us. Yippee! I can’t wait for all of them to see how much better I’m doing!

Unfortunately, my mold hypersensitivity makes a visit like this rather complicated and there’s a lot of work to be done in preparation. My family is going to have to follow the same decontamination protocols that we have been following.

Additionally, they won’t be bringing anything from their home in upstate New York. Based on my own experience and the experiences of others, upstate New York is a particularly problematic location for biotoxin illness sufferers. This means that their possessions may be contaminated with toxins that are an issue for me.

So today, we headed into town to start gathering supplies for their visit. Our first stop was Target to buy new clothing for each of my family members (three outfits each). As usual, I sat in the car while Brett shopped. The poor guy had to pick out clothes for five people, including my mom and sister!

After 3.5 hours he finally emerged with a cart full of clothes. I reluctantly got out to test them. It’s important for me to make sure I don’t react to new items but I really hate doing it. I always feel so bad when Brett has to go back into the store to try again!

Some of the clothes he bought were okay but unfortunately most of the pants were badly contaminated. So frustrating! Brett went back in the building to return them and we decided to try Walmart instead.

In our experience, the Target in town is pretty hit or miss in terms of contaminated products. Thankfully, I’ve usually done well with the stuff from Walmart.

So we went to Walmart for round two of clothes shopping. Thankfully, we had more luck there. He only had to take two things back. Yay! We did it!

It was about 10:30pm when we were finally on our way back to our campsite. The drive takes about an hour and we were both wiped out!

It will all be worth it to see my family though and be reunited with our dog. They’re such good sports to go along with all these crazy precautions too! But that’s just the way they are, always willing to sacrifice for us.

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  • Bethany Rose

    I’ll be praying that there is no cross contamination and that the Lord blesses you by this visit, Ana!

    June 10, 2017 at 12:14 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Thank you so much Bethany! Amen!

      June 10, 2017 at 5:22 pm Reply
  • Natalie Julson

    Praying Ana! That must be so, so exciting

    June 10, 2017 at 12:37 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Thank you! 😊

      June 10, 2017 at 5:23 pm Reply
  • Hannah Mead

    How exciting!!! Praying that it all goes well and that you have an absolutely wonderful time!

    June 10, 2017 at 12:59 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Thanks so much Hannah! 😊

      June 10, 2017 at 5:23 pm Reply
  • ashley nicole

    Yay that’s awesome that your family will come and visit you! I hope you all have a very good visit and don’t get too tired from getting ready for them to come πŸ™‚ Praying for you Anna πŸ˜‰

    June 10, 2017 at 1:16 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Thanks so much for the prayers Ashley Nicole!

      June 10, 2017 at 5:23 pm Reply
  • Denise

    Oh Ana how exciting!!!! I’m giddy for you, there is nothing like family.

    I will be praying for an amazing visit with no issues.

    June 10, 2017 at 4:59 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Yes! Thank you Denise! πŸ™‚

      June 10, 2017 at 5:23 pm Reply
  • Chris Barratt

    Whooo hoo!! Company!!! YAY!! I don`t know who’s more excited~ me or you?? After all that time being apart and you guys basically being in solitary confinement, this is gonna feel like heaven!! Praise God for this blessing. I’ll pray for no contamination and a wonderful time. Make sure you take lots of pics so you can look at them over and over again. Oh I can’t wait to see them myself. LOL. πŸ™‚

    June 10, 2017 at 5:12 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Haha! I love you! Yes! We’ll definitely get photos! 😊

      June 10, 2017 at 5:24 pm Reply
  • Erin

    YAY! I’m glad your family gets to come visit! πŸ™‚

    June 11, 2017 at 9:36 am Reply
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