In late July of 2014, I came home from 3 months away and I was not feeling well at all.
I gained 20 pounds in 10 days.
50 pounds in 10 weeks.
I had no energy.
I had a stabbing pain on the right side of my torso, near my rib cage.
I felt like I was being poisoned. I know that feeling because I lived in sick buildings that have made me sick. Now, I am sensitive to even small amounts of mold.
So, I did a mold test (ERMI) with a vacuum kit from Mycometrics in August, 2014.
|Aspergillus penicilloides||27||10-99 (4pts)|
|Aspergillus versicolor||27||10-99 (4pts)|
|Chaetomium globosum||5||5-24 (4pts)|
|Stachybotrys chartarum||16||5-24 (4pts)|
|Wallemia sebi||290||100-499 (4pts)|
I was sadly disappointed with the results, but not surprised. See the 16 of Stachybotrys in this test? Stachy is also known as Black Mold and Toxic Mold. This and if you add up the points on the right, (4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4) adds up to 20 points.
According to Dr. Shoemaker's HERTSMI Scorecard
|Interpretation of HERTSMI-2 Score|
|<11 Statistically safe for re-entry for those with CIRS**|
|11-15 Borderline; clean first and re-test before re-entry|
|>15 Dangerous for those with CIRS**. Do not enter.|
I was searching for something that could make my house better without going through the remediation we had in 2011-2012. My husband and I could not stand the thought or the expense of being homeless again. There had to be a better way.
I found these testimonies on Hi Tech Air Solutions air reactors and I started watching every YouTube video I could find on these machines.
I called the owner, Ray Robison and he seemed very sure his machines could help me.
I started running a Hi Tech 101 in my home on November 19th, 2014. I felt better that day but a week later, I felt really good.
I was feeling better, so I wasn't too concerned about follow up testing. All the testing Hi Tech Air Solutions had done was with air testing… none with dust testing like Mycometrics does. I had the before testing… so I decided to do the after testing with the same method.
|Aspergillus penicilloides||120||100-499 (6pts)|
|Aspergillus versicolor||6||<10 (0pts)|
|Chaetomium globosum||2||<5 (0pts)|
|Wallemia sebi||69||<100 (0pts)|
Most of the numbers went down. The total score on this HERTSMI is 6 points.
In 3 months of running the Hi Tech 101, our HERTSMI score went from 20 down to 6.
During that time, I had brought in lots of things, people, mail that I used to be careful with. So the mold count (A.penicillum) that did go up could definitely be explained by cross contamination.
The most important thing? — I feel great in my home.
The Hi Tech air reactor has changed the way I live. I used to have to be really careful about cross contamination (bring moldy things or people into my home) — I don't worry about this anymore. I have a High Tech air purifier that is working for me 24/7.
I still get an inflammatory response when I go to sick buildings or the air outside is very polluted. One of my personal goals is to learn how to reduce my body's reaction to toxins.
While going outside on certain days or going to other buildings that are “sick buildings” can make me sick, I always know I can come home to air that is cleaned with Hi Tech Air Solutions air reactors.