So, for the last month, Selam has been sniffling and coughing every night. She snores like crazy, and her voice is all nasal. I thought she had a cold.
Then I noticed that this really only happened when she went to bed. She was fine all day. She was fine in the evening. It was really only when she was sleeping.
So then I thought she had asthma.
Then the plot thickened. She is sniffly and coughing only in HER bed at night. When she crawls into bed with me (it’s getting later and later, but it still happens), the sniffling, snoring and coughing go away.
I think she’s allergic to dust.
And more specifically, I think she’s allergic to the dust mites being carried in her nearly 20 year old mattress.
It’s not as bad as it sounds. I got the mattress 18 years ago to use as a guest bed in a small bedroom. So it’s only been used for real for 3 years, and is in excellent shape.
Except I suspect that since it was relatively unused in a relatively unused and seldom dusted room, full of books, the dust mites are covering roughly 80% of the bed.
I could be wrong. Tell me I’m wrong. Please tell me I’m wrong.
I can’t swing a new mattress right now. First of all, financially, it’s Christmas, not a good time for purchases. Second, I haven’t figured out what I want to do with her room in the long run, bed-wise. It would be handy to have a double bed in there, but the only way that can happen is to take out the glider chair, and we still use that every single night. While that’s handy for when guests come, guests come approximately 4 nights a year, so probable not worth losing a much loved night-time tradition. A trundle bed would be ideal, but I haven’t found one that has a low enough profile to work with the windows in her room. (she has two enormous windows.) So basically, it’s not a good time to make a decision or afford a decision on a new mattress. I guess I could decide I definitely want a trundle bed, and buy just the mattress for now, but I still can’t see swinging that until February.
So, in the meantime, what works? I’m going to wash all her bedding in the hottest water possible, though I really doubt it’s the bedding. Do those zip around mattress covers really work? Is there a good chance that I’m wrong? Please tell me I’m wrong.