Spring Cleaning With a Chronic Illness

Spring has officially arrived! You know what that means? Baseball, flowers, allergies, LOADS of rain (if you live where I do!) and SPRING CLEANING!! But when you live with a chronic illness, such as Kidney Disease, even keeping up with the day to day chores can be a burden. The idea of dedicating an exceptional amount of time to get into the crevices of cobwebs and yearly
cleanings can be too much to think about.

Spring cleaning may feel like an optional tradition for those who are too busy healing, but according to kidney.org, it is a necessity to health.
Kidney.org states that keeping your environment free of compromising bacteria allows you to be protected while taking immunosuppressant drugs
(https://www.kidney.org/newsletter/transplants-chores-kidney-changing-magic-tidying). Immunosuppressant medication protects new transplant organs from being rejected by the
body. They can also be used when diagnosed with other more common chronic illnesses such as lupus, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis
(https://www.healthline.com/health/immunosuppressant-drugs).

Kidney.org provides a helpful list of trouble areas that can hold compromising bacteria that will
affect your ability to be healthy on immunosuppressant medication. Last week, we discussed keeping the home clean with pets. Others included on the list are the kitchen and garden.

Good Housekeeping has also put together a great comprehensive list that many can reference for their spring cleaning to-do’s on their article, “33 Easy Spring Cleaning Tips for a Sparkling Home” (https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/g3345/spring-cleaning-tips/).

We at Fresh Nest enjoy meeting with our clients and discussing what will ensure you keep a clean and sanitary home for your ongoing health and wellness. We offer a free consultation that allows you to have a personalized plan for either a one-time, comprehensive spring cleaning
session and/or an ongoing cleaning maintenance schedule. Many of what is included in Good Housekeeping’s spring cleaning list is included in our deep cleaning and/or regular maintenance
cleaning recommendation and options for you.

March is National Kidney Month and we are committed to bringing awareness regarding chronic kidney disease. That’s why 10% of all profits for the month of March will be donated to The National Kidney Foundation.

Pets and Chronic Illness

We at Fresh Nest Cleaning, LOVE our furry friends and yours! Our pets become a part of our family and we know that when life gets hard, that’s when our pets can bring us the most joy.

When facing major life changes, such as a chronic illness, having pets can make it feel that we are always behind on our cleaning. Whether you’re wanting a moment of peace to sit down and
read a book, sans dog hair, or you’re needing your space to be free of cat dander before an upcoming in-home medical procedure, let us take care of the dirty work.

Fresh Nest Cleaning uses pet friendly and quality cleaning supplies, leaving your space spic and span and smelling good. (That is some quality alliteration, in my opinion!)

I recently learned the importance of a clean and sanitary environment while reading an article by Azura Vascular Care. Although the article stresses that infections between pets and patients are rare, it is still a possibility and completely preventable by following tips outlined in the article. The tips include keeping yourself clean AND keeping your home free of cat and dog fur (https://www.azuravascularcare.com/infodialysisaccess/peritoneal-dialysis-pets/)

When loved ones are going through treatments, it can be exhausting for even a caregiver to attempt to take on extra shared chores, such as cleaning. When it is you that is healing from
chronic illness, it can sometimes feel impossible.

There are many benefits of keeping your home clean. Some of them are for the sake of improving your mental health when already facing stressful situations, and some are more
practical and important such as keeping a sanitary space.

No matter what your reason, Fresh Nest Cleaning wants to help you on your path and help improve your quality of life.

We are dedicating March to spreading awareness of Kidney Disease and donating 10% of profits toward The National Kidney Foundation. Book your free consult, today, and let us come
up with a personalized one time or ongoing cleaning schedule that fits your individual needs.

National Kidney Month

March is National Kidney Month, sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation, and here at Fresh Nest Cleaning, we take kidney health seriously. National Kidney Month was created to, “increase awareness of kidney disease, promote the need for a cure, and spur advocacy on behalf of those suffeing with the emotional, financial and physical burden of kidney disease”
(https://www.personalizedcause.com/health-awareness-cause-calendar/national-kidney-month)

It is estimated, by the National Kidney Foundation, that over 26 million American adults have kidney disease and a large percentage of them do not even know that they have it until the
disease has progressed significantly and symptoms begin to present themselves.
Kidney Disease is not always preventable but there are ways to assist with prevention or at least, slow progression and assist with treatment.
(https://www.kidney.org/news/national-kidney-month-take-five-your-kidneys)

Last week, we discussed how living with a chronic illness, such as kidney disease, can cause an individual to feel helpless over many variables that are outside of their control. Yet, the good news is that there are many factors that are within your control, such as quality of life and a healthy, clean environment that can positively impact your mental health.

For the remaining weeks of March, we will discuss other topics regarding National Kidney Month and how Fresh Nest Cleaning is excited to be apart of contributing to the research and
awareness of Kidney Disease by donating 10% of March profits towards the National Kidney Foundation.

How A Clean Home Makes It Easier To Live With A Chronic Illness

Living with a chronic illness or living with a loved one with a chronic illness impacts your entire life. A couple years ago, one of the loved ones on the Fresh Nest team experienced a chronic illness that resulted in his second life saving kidney transplant. However, while we waited for his match, we had to undergo daily medical procedures that were incredibly stressful and time consuming. It affected all of us in all areas of our lives. Financially, spiritually, time, physically and emotionally. Many of the areas impacted were outside of our control. From interaction with others experiencing similar situations, we know that we are not alone in this experience. How you or your loved one is feeling physically and the resulting physical limitations, can perhaps be comforted and assisted with symptom management, but cannot be remedied.

But you do have control over many things, and it is important to feel empowered in those areas.

It is easy to measure and acknowledge our physical limitations, we don’t really have a choice in the matter. If you’re physically bed-ridden, for example, you won’t be expected to perform a task that would require you to be out of bed. Yet, we often ignore our mental health and the importance of caring for our emotional well-being during trying times of chronic illness.

One area, we often neglect to contribute to our mental health is our environment. A 2016 in-depth study by researcher, Catherine A. Roster, found that, “Clutter has a strong negative impact on feelings of security, safety and other positive emotional benefits derived from a sense of psychological home…including subjective well-being.” Roster, Catherine & Ferrari, Joseph & Jurkat, Martin. (2016). In other words, it would be difficult to maintain a positive outlook about factors outside of your control, when in a cluttered and dirty environment.  

With Fresh Nest, we believe that an orderly and clean home is a key factor in health. We want to assist others in improving their quality of life. We strive for open communication to create personalized plans of either one time or weekly, bi-weekly and monthly cleaning that not only ensures a sanitary environment but assists with tackling the details of cleaning so you can focus on the more important things going on in your life.

Whether you are occupied with caregiving for another or are experiencing an illness, yourself, you have a lot going on and deserve to have a stress-free, clean and sanitary home. Take control over one area by delegating the cleaning to Fresh Nest. We are honored to be a part of your process in healing.