oh dear. Sorry to hear that!
maybe others have suggestions on how they do a solvent free set up? I'm sure there are other methods out there.
Maybe if you are used to acrylics, and like them, it might be simplest. But yes, there is this attitude in the art world about oils being more valuable. Even at the online gallery where I sell, the asking price for an equivalent size/style of oil painting is higher than the acrylic paintings. I was shocked someone bought an 8 X 10" for $200 from me. And it was one of my simpler paintings. I seriously doubt the same subject would've sold for that price if it was in acrylics.
I used to use acrylics, but now paint in oils. I was really intimidated at first, but like pp said, they are not as complicated as people make them out to be. I find them very forgiving and lend themselves well to my slow dawdling way of painting. And I love that I can take a lunch break just leaving everything out, and not worry about the paint drying out or the brushes getting ruined with dried paint. I don't have kids yet, but I imagine with the interruptions of kids, oils might be easier to leave and return to.
And my instructor taught me a nice trick to keep paints on the palette wet longer. I keep my palette in a Masterson stay wet palette box, and when I seal it up for the day, I put a few drops of clove oil on a cotton ball and put it inside. It's great to come back the next day and still have the palette set up, absolutely effortless--just open my box and everything's ready to go again. Pure awesomeness for lazy ole me!
Also, try contacting Gamblin paints. I've contacted them before with a question and they were very helpful. They emphasize health and safety in their paint line, so if you let them know you want to paint solvent free, I think they would have suggestions.