I do a little work with MCS clients.
I’ve been offered a job 45 minutes north of town, she’s sick, and has a gov. grant to do retrofits to the house. She sleeps like 80% of the day. I have the job if I want it,, but don’t know if I have it in me to engage in another one of these nightmares.
On the other hand,, there isn’t anyone else out there to do it. I think I’d like to go timberframing and sleep easy every night. Anyone else have experience with these MCS clients,,,,,, I’ve done a couple,, but I’d also have to live in a bubble,,,, arrrrgh!
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MCS. Multiple chemical sensitiveites. Apparently in canada it's called Environmentally hypersensitive.
Bubble people. For any given reason,, their bodies have chosen to reject man made toxins. Think of the big fish in the pond. Beluga whales. The big fish accumulates the toxins,,,and after a given length of time the body rejects everything. Some are workplace related,, some aren't! It's a big thing,,, we're organic beings,, the more poisons in the environment,, the more we accrue,,,, nuf said,,
Thanks for the information, never run into that syndrome.Had a lady allergic to every thing related to what I was doing for them (new base, toe kick on a couple of cabs, shower caulk, the invoice, the plumber I recommended for a PRV, etc.)Had another tenant of a client concerned what the latex paint fumes would do to her 1 yo kid on her hip and the one in the oven, all while chain smoking 120's all day long.Oh the joys of running a service oriented business.
My experience with MCS clients is that they tend to suffer from profound emotional imbalance. The tone of your post suggests you have seen the same. It is my opinion that the toxic emotions are the true cause behind the physical symptoms/sensitivities.
Be very careful and sniff out the vibes before committing to the job. Some people are too toxic to work for at any price. Some are a tad weird but you can work with them.
ever wonder what getting sick from everything you looked at would do to your personality and emotions?
the original poster asked for insight and he got some.
seems this is more of a business related question then a group hug session.
I've also done minor work around "chemically sensitive" clients ... and the rates will definitey go up should the case come up again. Everything takes longer ...
from design and planning ... material selections ... to doing the work and letting the paint dry. And usually the materials cost more too. I do believe next time I'm bidding a hard core case of Chem Sensitivity ... I'm going to require they move out while I do the work. Have something in the contract that says they're not to move back in till the place has been "vented" for 30 days after all work is done.
If they're serious about their condition ... so am I.
as a side note ... have a buddy that's sensitive to everything.
everything except pounds of weed that he smokes!
the off gasses from cab's is enough to put him down for a coupla days ...
but he can pick guitar in a pot smoke filled room all weekend and be just fine.
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I'm getting very sleepy just thinking about that job! I think it'll be a pass. I'll go timberframe instead!
check the budget and sub it out if the money's there.
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