This unit really didn’t have the makings of a CFS sanctuary, but as we know looks can be deceiving with mold/chemical sensitivities. Sometimes an old brick building from 1910 will be the best possible thing. Close your eyes and follow your nose, cuz your nose knows. Yeah I just said that.
Best of all, this is one of the cheapest units I’ve looked at and is month to month! They have one of those european combo units that serve as both washer and dryer (no idea whether that’s better or worse from a mold standpoint, but I think it’d be a wash–YEAH I JUST SAID THAT TOO)
In short, I can breathe, sleep, and think in here. My gut isn’t nearly as good as it is outside or in my trailer. The bloating and indigestion hit me within a few hours, but that was also the case at my old residence which was in a great location. I just don’t think a house, no matter how traditional the skeleton is, is gonna be “great” with all the modern chemical bells and whistles added. Well one house was, but it was all hardwood and I was staying in an expansive living room with high vault ceiling: aka tons of ventilation in an already good house. However, at some point if you need a place to crash for the winter, you need to estimate what the best you’re gonna get is, and I think this is the best I’m gonna get barring further massive expenditure of energy.
Being able to test drive a place for even a night is a huge privilege in a booming urban area. Here, most 1 and 2-bdrms are reasonably priced (mostly around $600-$900, respectively—compare that to LA and SF where I’m from where the prices are double that), so with the strong job market the units that don’t wretch like 10 cats pissed a trail of organic roses to invite you in, get snatched up within a few days of listing.
I got lucky with this unit. Mostly the units that will let you test drive are the ones that are trying to sell. The landlord saw what a tough time I was having, so he let me stay the night despite having 2 applicants ahead of me. I’m counting my blessings for sure. Another plus is it’s literally 3 blocks away from where I’ll be getting infusions, so I won’t need to hire a driver.
So that means I’ll be starting ampligen on time, and since I’m not living in a great location and still have some gnarly location-dependent symptoms (nausea, gut as mentioned, nasal congestion) I should be able to tell if amp is helping me with my sensitivities just by looking back at this blog. Perhaps this is a blessing in disguise?