toxic clean-up day

my mood is swinging all over the place. i’m calm one minute and frantic the next. can’t get dad’s crisis out of my head. the fact that i have to go through cleaning up after him and dumping his toxic waste of a life *again* has me very angry. and of course, there’s nothing i can do with that except work through it. it would help if i could sleep. bleh.

today brni and i will head on over to dad’s MRSA-infested apartment and start the process of bagging up all the trash and sorting through the stuff that needs to be dealt with. we have to figure out how to dispose of all the upholstered stuff since it is beyond the point where it can be cleaned. that’s 2 recliners, 1 old chair, mattress, box spring, and of course all bedding, clothing and curtains. nothing can be saved. the wooden furniture can be cleaned up. hopefully someone will want it but anything the kids and my sister don’t want will be thrown out.

i’ll be taking the camera to document this…just in case i need proof that he is incapable of taking care of himself. i can’t take anything for granted with this.

and later i get to tell the landlord that i need to break the lease and hope that i don’t need a lawyer.

3 thoughts on “toxic clean-up day

  1. jezebellydancer says:

    Good luck with all this. Sorry I have a guest this weekend and can’t lend a hand. I think there is a dump in Norristown that will take stuff, you might try the phone book, there are people that will haul away stuff for a price.
    Murphy’s Oil Soap is great for cleaning wood furniture. You may have to wash it up a few times (because of years of cigarette smoke), but it’s pretty amazing.
    I think I have time next weekend if you still need help.

    1. lsaboe says:

      thanks for the offer, but i wouldn’t inflict this on anyone other than immediate family (i.e., brni).
      and yes, i too like murphy’s oil soap. it’s not that i don’t know what to do or how to do it, it’s just that i abhor the fact i have to do it AGAIN. in 97/98 i went through this when he got sick and i had to empty a 3 story, 5 bedroom house! this is a much smaller scale, but i still resent it.
      after speaking with my sister, she decided she could take the bedroom set and a few other pieces of furniture since she has a huge apartment and lots of room, whereas i have a small house and am already storing stuff for my kids. so, that settles the fate of the decent furniture. everything else is trash. we’ll rent a u-haul and haul good stuff to my sister and haul trash to our place and arrange with the township to pick it up.
      and this is the last time i will clean up after anyone!!!!

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