Sometimes people ask me what I’ve been up to and how I’ve been, which is a pretty normal question. What I’ve been up to I feel can’t be easily summarized in a sentence. It’s part of juggling “everyday” normal life with chronic illness, even if I’m technically no longer a strictly COPD patient. Not that I spend every waking second worrying about insurance, but I’m my own secretary essentially. I often have things scheduled on my calendar like “call back Christine from Horizon” about some question, or figure out why my claim got rejected, which can alone take up to 2 hours on the phone because insurance is often disorganized and non-transparent. -_- I have to figure out why this lab accepts this insurance but not this other one, and which one would save me more money. I have to keep tabs on all my medications to make sure I don’t run out of refills, and I often message my transplant team for random test results and updates.
I also, still cook, clean, and bake a lot. I’ve taken this habit of tidying up the house late at night after my workout, which is strangely calming. I like to straighten the magazines, put things away in the sink, puff up the pillows and fold the blankets in the family room. I also cleaned out the medicine cabinet with all the random expired meds, and re-arranged all the magnets and important pamphlets on our fridge.
I also enjoy browsing the internet to save future recipes, and this past week, I’ve spent a good amount of time reading up on health insurance policies and how they function, as well as architecture. I also finally finished Andrew Yang’s first book from I believe 2006, “Smart People Should Do Things”. Politics is not fun, but a necessary evil. He’s growing on me, I have to say. He has some interesting concepts and ideas, so I can say I have one foot hovering over the “Yang Gang” zone.
I also still keep up with my mukbang Youtube videos, and looking into online courses that could be helpful. Also, drinking enough water, which is weirdly a huge task. I noticed I am about 15-20 oz under my goal unless I am aggressively conscious about it.
I’ve been playing with my dog a lot more too, and making sure that I get out of the house every few days, whether to see a friend, or get an errand done.
So yep, that about sums up my February so far.