I tend to get sick pretty often. In our last apartment I experienced sinus infection after sinus infection. Literally one would end, I would be well for a week and the cycle would start up all over again. I blame it on the cleanliness of the building because after moving I felt much better. But still, it’s not unusual for me to get a cold, sinus infection or worse, bronchitis every month or so. My immune system has always been a bit tricky.
When I went gluten-free, one of my biggest concerns was what to do when I got sick to make me feel better. Like clockwork for years, my feel better foods have been black tea with honey, toast with jam and most importantly–a couple of quarts of wonton soup. As soon as I felt the itch of a sore throat coming it became Chinese takeout night and my husband would order his favorites while I stocked up on wonton soup to get me through the next couple of days. I could live without the toast, but that warming soup? What would my gluten-free fix be?
It might have warmed up outside (a bit) but my apartment is still cold as ever, a drastic change from our last place. We used to live across the hall in the same building in a one bedroom apartment. I mean, literally right across the hall. Open our door and our old apartment is right there. We’re now in a two bedroom because we decided we needed more space. Really I was tired of being forced to read in the bedroom, where I would usually fall asleep, or combat the sounds of Doctor Who in the living room.
The two places might have been right across from each other but they’re drastically different. Before we were in the back of the building, but now we’re on the main avenue so it’s a bit noisier. The radiators in our old place where loud (think bowling balls being thrown on the pipes) and way too warm. Our apartment would run a toasty 80°+, with windows open, and generally shorts and t shirts where the winter attire. I guess I should also clarify that our apartment, along with most NYC complexes have forced hot air systems. On the plus side we don’t have to pay for heat but on the negative, we can’t control it either. We moved into this apartment last November and the temperature seemed to be pretty comfortable. What we didn’t account for was living here after a full summer, with window air conditioners that stay in the windows year round. So now, it gets a bit drafty. We’re working on some sort of temporary insulation plan or those thermo curtains, but for now, the solution is lots and lots of soup.