TILT, Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance, is another acronym for the illness also referred to as MCS, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or EI, Environmental Illness. As a result of chemical injury during my 20s, exposure to low-level everyday chemicals now makes me ill. Despite my reactivity, I don’t usually feel all that “sensitive” but I do always feel like I am on TILT. Parenting two kids, who do not share my physical limitations, keeps me reaching beyond what I can comfortably do. I stumble and fall a lot, usually without the triumphant soundtrack to emphasize any graceful recovery or wisdom gained. So far, there’s always been a dark comedy soundtrack and another mud puddle to tilt into. Hopefully my stories can help other chemically injured folk avoid some of these metaphorical stumbling blocks and maybe even help some regular folk see why we’re TILTed over.
For the fully tedious, but completely true, medical history you can read one of my first posts, Tilted Mom’s Backstory.