July 3, 2020

Life With Chronic Illnesses

I'm feeling a little better today.

I managed to fill the dishwasher and throw a load of laundry in the washer. The dishes just pile up and pile up until there's no clean plates or cups left. With seven people in the house, we make a lot of dirty dishes. Then the family just fills the dishwasher with bowls, plates, cups and a few other things that might fit in. The pots and pans and larger items almost never get washed because there's no room. So they sit there and sit there, sometimes for weeks. Last night, my husband washed some of the pans but there were still four pots, two big lids, several large mixing bowls and the frying pan I used last night. So I loaded it since I can fit the most in and still get everything clean. Managed to get three of the pots on along with the largest mixing bowl, the larger pan lid and all of the plates, bowls, cups, mason jars, measuring cups, silverware and lids to the storage containers. There's still a couple pots and mixing bowls left plus the slow cooker that doesn't' fit in the dishwasher so never gets washed because I don't have the energy and no one else will do it. Ugh.

The clothes I washed was just everything that was on the laundry room floor and in a basket that's in there for random stuff and towels. Some of the stuff was clean and had fallen off the counter and was then walked on by the kids going in and out. Some of it was folded on the counter but now covered in cat fur because our one cat likes to sleep up there on the rare occasion he comes in the house (which he's been doing because he's afraid of the random fireworks going off). Now I need to switch the stuff to the dryer. Double ugh.

I ended up testing out my new inhaler last night. It's not as easy as they make it look. It's just so unnatural to breathe in the way you have to. I screwed it up the first try so waited a few minutes and tried again. I think it helped a little. Either that or it had a placebo effect because the tightness eased a bit so I could breathe easier. I was feeling okay this morning with it, too, but in the last hour, it's started to bother me again. But I don't want to constantly be using the inhaler. If it continues to get worse, then I'll give it another try. Right now it's just annoying.

Still left on my list of things to do today is grocery shopping. I need things to make dinner tomorrow. I've been avoiding the trip because going out gives me so much anxiety with the pandemic plus it just wears me out. Since I already did so much today, I'm already tired. But I'm currently alert enough that I should be able to handle going to the local supermarket for just the stuff I need tomorrow. There are going to be a lot of people there with tomorrow being a holiday. If I wait much longer, though, I risk running out of energy and being unable to do anything.

So, I'd qualify today as a "good" day. Good being that I was able to do a couple chores without needing a four hour nap and am currently not sitting her forcing myself to stay awake while my eyes cross from exhaustion even though I've literally done nothing since I woke up.

Tomorrow is going to be a long day with the holiday. I'm supposed to be making steak sandwiches and grilling hot dogs but since there's apparently only going to be four of us here, I don't see a point in making both. So I'll make the sandwiches and maybe some fries and be done with it. Fireworks (the fun kind anyway) are banned in our town, but I doubt that stops anyone (it didn't last year) so I'll be sitting on my porch watching the show from the neighbors and then probably watch a movie.

Written by justanotherjen

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