Dieta deals with struggle against chemical sensitivities
THERE was a time when Dieta Salisbury would have trouble walking after a visit to the hairdressers.
“It took a long time to figure out what was causing it, but I had developed multiple chemical sensitivities,” she said.
Although there was no way to tell what triggered her outbreak of allergies, she thought it might have started after over-exposing herself to oven cleaner.
“I have been told that one incident when you are over-exposed can trigger other sensitivities,” she said.
“I also had a leaking appendix and they say when you are toxic inside your body, you can only tolerate so much.
“There was even a time when they said I might not be able to stay living on a farm.”
While a spray of Lynx deodorant used to have Mrs Salisbury struggling to breathe, and she did have to move off the farm when she was at her sickest, she has learned to get by.
Now when Mrs Salisbury’s husband Russ is spraying crops she shuts all windows to the house and puts the air conditioner on, and he showers and washes all his clothes in the shed before coming home.
And instead of using a range of different household cleaners, Mrs Salisbury gets by with soap and water.