All That’s Missing Is Tom Hanks And Shelley Long.

We moved into our house last Thursday and it has been disastrous. The biggest issue is the horrible musty/mildew smell that is throughout the entire house. I have asthma, which has always been under control, but being in this house has really flared it up. The only way I can describe it is that it always feels like I have my head stuck in a vacuum cleaner bag.

I feel like my lungs are filled with cement, my throat is always scratchy, and I’m pretty useless right now when it comes to doing anything. I’ve told my husband that we just need to find another house because I really don’t think this can be resolved.

We have a de-humidifier upstairs, one downstairs and an air purifier. It’s not helping. Not only that, everything reeks of this musty smell. We can’t even use the hall closet or the cabinets in the bathroom because the smell is so bad.  It’s pissing me off because my hubby doesn’t seem to understand just how bad it is for me.

He talked to the owner and he’s coming down here this Thursday to see what can be done. The owner also mentioned that he did have some mold issues in the basement a few years ago but that problem was fixed (apparently not). I’ve put this in a prior post but this house is very unusual with awkward shaped rooms so we have to use the basement as our bedroom. Basements creep me out and the air quality down there is even worse than upstairs. I really dread having to go down there at night.

As far as the awkward shaped rooms, we can’t fit our couch into the living room. Let me clarify, we can but there’s already a built-in couch (uncomfortable) and built-in shelves that are flimsy (but can’t be removed) and the little girl could easily rip them out so they’re not safe for her, so there isn’t any way we can set up our couch where it wouldn’t be in the way. We currently have our television sitting in the kitchen since that doesn’t fit in the living room either.

I really don’t feel that the mildew and lack of space issues can be taken care of, no matter how creative we are in using the space we do have, and the only resolution is moving. But we’re stuck because we’ve spent so much money on moving and renting this house and the military hasn’t reimbursed us for it yet.

Even when they do, I don’t know how to get out of our lease without losing a lot of money. And then we would have to move *again* but it would be so worth it, to me at least.  Breathing is pretty important….obviously. 😉  If I have to stay in this house, I picture myself having to roll around an oxygen tank wherever I go, it’s that bad.

I’m either really sensitive to mold or allergic because my hubby isn’t as affected by the smell. I’ve also noticed the little girl coughing for the past couple of days and that has me really worried.

The hubby loves the house and doesn’t want to move. Also if we move somewhere else, it will be out of our pocket and the hubs isn’t happy about that.

There are countless other issues but I’m sure if you’re still reading this, you’ve gone catatonic. I’ll leave you with this; whenever we take a shower, the toilet starts overflowing*. Yep. We are living in the money pit.

*We do have a plumber coming so that will hopefully be taken care of.

**I promise I won’t bitch so much in my next post. I’m just feeling so overwhelmed.

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2 Responses to All That’s Missing Is Tom Hanks And Shelley Long.

  1. Lisa August 17, 2010 at 11:28 #

    I think you are entitled to keep bitching! Yes, breathing is very important and I would also be concerned about your asthma and your lil’ hummingbirds wellness! I’ve lived with 3 boys going thru bouts of asthmatic type of breathing issues, breathing machines, steroids, ear tubes…yada yada yada! I could keep going on but I’m trying to say I feel your pain!

    I’m going to say a prayer for you that your hubby comes around to seeing there isn’t a better solution besides just finding another place to live…I’d really look into the legal aspect of trying to recoup your deposit because of this issue.

    Wow…I feel so bad for you right now. Hugs to you!!
    Boycott the basement! Set up camp in the living room with an air mattress! That’s what I’d do…

    • Elle August 17, 2010 at 12:22 #

      Thanks for having my back. 🙂 I’m seriously considering taking the little girl to FL with me and staying with my mom for a few weeks while the owner and hubby see if this can be resolved. I really don’t think it can though.

      My mindset is to just find a new house. I’m so desperate, I’ll live in an apartment. I don’t have a problem with apartments but we have so much shit that we couldn’t fit into one. But there is always storage. My hubs job starts in two weeks so I would like to be settled somewhere before then. Oh and he keeps unpacking our stuff. It’s driving me crazy. I think I need to go to the Feelings Inc. page 😉

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