I started to feel bad Thursday night, and obviously came down with an intestinal virus. It also affected my blood pressure, which affected my heart rate and breathing and so on.
This was probably the worst weekend in Israel to be sick. There were high winds, lots of rain and snow was predicted (but did not show up). Our apartment (a rental) is fairly sheilded but the windows and doors leak cold air, especially when it is windy. We've done things over the years to help keep them out, but what is needed is to replace the windows with double pane aluminum frame windows. It never freezes so the problems with the aluminum frames getting to cold which people had in Philly do not happen here.
The doors need to have storm doors added to them.
A working heating system would be nice, but that's another problem, There is one in the apartment with new radiators and pipes needed and the boiler replaced. It ran on oil, but most of the heat went up the chimeny. I say ran and went because besides the price of oil went through the roof as it were, I noticed the exahust pipe was cracked and pointed it out to my landlord. He did nothing about it. He also did not fix the fill pipe for the tank when it was removed by a neighbor's garden renovation.
Probably good for us, when the park behind us was set on fire (July 2010), the flames reached very close to the oil tank. If there had been any oil in it, it would have been a disaster.
The fire was set to drive us out of our homes so that oppoisition to developing the gazelle valley would have moved with us, but thank G-D, the fire did not do any real damage, just some fences, lawns, antennas, etc. Needless to say our landlord has not replaced the fence or irrigation system which was burnt or ever provided help (which was promised) in cleaning up and replanting).
Meanwhile I got an answer on the oxygen machine, it will cost me 250 NIS a month, but I can have as any refills of the 5 liter tank as I want (Sunday through Thursday) for free.