Remember when I mentioned having an asthma attack putting together my beautiful new desk? My eyes swelled a few days later, and for some reason these past two weeks I keep wheezing and my throat burns, worse each time I’ve spent time in my office. Found out the new furniture is made from crap that give off dangerous levels of formaldehyde.
Went to doctor today, got a shot in the butt, and she encouraged me to get the thing out of the house. I spent about 6 hours putting that thing and the hutch together! But I believe I’d rather breathe and stay away from long-term effects, so bye-bye desk from hell.
The new desk is now out on the patio until my husband can take it away tomorrow. The downstairs screen doors are open and I have fans blowing the fumes out the door, then I’m gonna stick 2 air filtering houseplants down there. Where am I typing this post, you ask? On a card table upstairs in the dining room corner with the computer and all the stuff I could grab real quick, with a dust mask on, like that thing did any good. UUggghhh.
The only upside is that we called the company to explain the situation, and they are refunding my purchase price and said we can dispose of the desk. I was happy they were cooperative, but it kinda makes me think they know what kind of hazardous materials are in their pressboard and MDF…and that I’m most likely NOT the only one to have this reaction to formaldehyde exposure from their stuff. I’m an otherwise healthy person, but don’t they know/care small children and people with health problems are exposed to their products?!
Kinda makes me go hmmmmmm, where are the laws to protect our health? Have they banned anything beside asbestos, ever?