This is one of newest habits that I didn't even realize I did until I was studying with friends and annoyed Kinsey with my leg shaking under the table. I've noticed as my pain is higher I start to use little movements to distract myself. Shaking my leg, tapping my fingers, biting at my lips, has become more common when I'm in more pain. For me, I believe it is a distraction or a way for me to "get the pain out". If I keep moving, maybe I'll hurt less? It might not make any sense, but it's a habit I've picked up and really started to notice while I'm listening to my lectures.
I have my wake up tones for when I take naps, my alarm tone for one medicine, another for a second medicine, another to do homework, and so on and so forth. I have about 6 or 7 alarms set on the daily to make sure I get in all of meds and wake up and such. With set alarms and reminders, I help my body stay on a schedule and my brain stay on a schedule.
3. Even more lists than normal
I am now constantly buying post it notes. I make lists for when I take medicine, I make lists of how I'm feeling that day, lists of what I need to buy, lists of what I need to do, lists of what is where. I literally write down everything because I don't want to forget a single thing. I've forgotten to take my laundry out of the washer before and it was just left there for two days. Now I keep a post it on my mirror with when my laundry will be finished and what load is in so I don't do that again.
I grew up with an immunosuppressed mom, so I know how to wash my hands and disinfect like a boss, but now that I'm the one who has to keep from getting sick I have become a master. My backpack never goes on my bed and is sprayed down with lysol every day. I wipe down my computer with clorox wipes, I always use germ-ex before and after class or when using a community pen, I've stopped sharing drinks, and I even try to disinfect my jewelry because I am that weird. I use special soap when I shower to get rid of germs, and am constantly changing in and out of my clothes because if I wore it to class it's not allowed near my bed.
Ok, if you're a subscriber or a family member you've noticed that. I like to write and blog to get out all of my feelings. I want to show awareness for what it's like to be chronically ill in college and be a representation for those who can't speak out. It also helps me to cope with how I'm feeling and sometimes work through my issues. Of course I love it, knowing that I could have put into words someone else's feelings or helped them come to peace with something, but for the most part I blog for me.
6. Planning Out Everything
There used to be a time where I would make a list and just kind of mosey through it. I didn't plan on what I was going to buy exactly at Target or Ulta, I didn't plan my shopping route out at the mall, and random things like that. Now, I have become the mastermind of planing out my day and routes for everything so I don't expend too much energy. I can get all of my errands done efficiently and quickly, plus I buy only what I need at Target now which I'm sure my dad is thankful for.