Every Saturday, I do a deep-cleaning of my house. I vacuum under the furniture, sweep every corner of the house, dust the ceiling fans, walls, and baseboards, and change the sheets on all our beds, as well as pillows and blankets.
When my house is finally clean and fresh, I feel good. I know I’m doing all I can do to keep our home free of allergy triggers that may cause my son to have an asthma attack. But what about the air outside the house? How do I clean that for him?
I can make sure our central air conditioning is working well changing the filters monthly, and once or twice a year I have it checked by professionals. But when my son passes through the door that takes him out to the world, sometimes I feel helpless.
This morning when we walked out to the car to head to school, the smoke was so heavy that I had to go back inside and bring him a mask. After doing that I felt sad, really sad. What is happening to our world? There was a fire in the woods behind our house last night. It happens often, and many times it starts because of someone’s irresponsibility. We are heading into summer again and everything gets drier, so it’s easy to start a fire—it just takes one driver throwing a cigarette out the car window.
Months ago, I didn’t even think about this much. I read about Moms Clean Air Force a long time ago, and I felt excited about their initiative. But it wasn’t until today when I received one of their online communications that I felt truly related to their fight. Today’s email talked about asthma and how frightening and sad it is to try to comfort your child when he’s having an attack, and how tough it is actually to live this situation constantly.
My son was diagnosed with asthma a couple of months ago, after spending four days at the hospital and before that, more than two months fighting hard to recover from several respiratory infections that finally ended in an urgent visit to ER. By the time we got to the hospital, he wasn’t talking, he wasn’t walking, and he literally wasn’t breathing anymore.
After months of very aggressive treatment to keep him from having another attack, every day I open my door hoping for a better day. It’s not easy to keep him healthy and even I know that every day, he’s doing better and that we are learning how to keep his health under control. But the question still goes around and around my mind: What can I do to keep his air cleaner?
It’s not until the reality touches one of our loved ones that we realize that we should be more proactive and join forces for important causes, like keeping our air clean for our kids, for our grandkids and for future generations.
If you are a mom, a social influencer, a parent, or someone who’s interested in generating positive changes in your community and for the world, please don’t give up. These are 10 tweets that you can start sharing right now to help organizations like Moms Clean Air Force keep working for cleaner air. But remember, do it especially for your own family, so that you can all breath freely.