Why I’m quiet.

Cause my hand hurts.

It feels like it’s broken actually, though I know it isn’t because they took x-rays at the ER.

Anyway, a friend helped me figure out how to rewrap it well (the benefits of video chat!) so that everything is properly cushioned and supported and I’m in a lot better mood now than I have been the past few days.

I’m hoping that maybe I’ll get a full nights sleep tonight.

I’m trying not to think about how I’m going to do in chemistry lab next month if my hand is still in a cast. : /

I tried to make an appt for the OT today but apparently, once the find out what kind of insurance you have (state) they close at 3:30pm… uh huh… right. I’m thinking that the phone didn’t accidentally disconnect either, but it’s possible it did so I’m trying to think kind thoughts about them instead of accepting what I most realistically know to be true.

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Preparation: staying clean

Staying clean is as important as staying safe. Staying clean can help keep you safe; as well as help you avoid a lot of trouble with the authorities.

But how to do it?
I’ve found that the easiest way is to buy a box of wet wipes. Brand doesn’t matter. I use the Costco brand; it’s the only supply that I purchase in Costco amounts.

It’s possible to keep yourself and your supplies clean using these wipes. It’s also discrete. They’re no substitute for a shower when you can find one but they will work well enough that you don’t smell during daily life.

I also use the wet wipes for cleaning my spork, my cup, any cookware. I clean my flat surfaces, windows, and my dog’s paws. They work well enough in situations where you can’t carry around spray bottles of specialized cleaners.

For more traditional bathing I’ve found 3-N-1 Cleansing Foam. It’s a liquid that foams when pumped and is used in many hospital/home care situations to bathe persons that can’t bathe themselves.
This cleanser can be used without rinsing.
You can wash your hair as well, though you are supposed to dampen your hair before using the cleanser as shampoo.
Here’s the website of the brand I’m using: http://www.dermarite.com/skincare/cleanser
This product stores well, travels well, and is easy to use. No worry about spilling it either as it foams when it leaves the container.
There are many other brands available; it’s likely that a medical supply retailer in your area would have this type of product.

Preparation: I’m going to be homeless next month! What do I do?

In my opinion, the best preparation is facing the fact that your funds are running out before they run out.

It’s all very fine to talk to yourself in the mirror and tell yourself that something will come along before you get kicked out of your apartment/house.
But being practical will cause less stress in the long run.

If you have enough money for two more months of rent, take a realistic look at where you will be at the end of that two months. List your possible assets.

Do you have family to bunk with? Old school friends who would rent the extra room for a pittance?
Do you have a car? Do you have a tent? Does your town have a tent city (sanctioned or non-sanctioned)?

Are you male or female? Do you have children?
Many shelters provide care to only one demographic, find out if the shelters around your area can serve you. Visit the shelter to find out if you could feel safe staying there.

Are you a member of any social or cultural groups? For instance, if you’re Catholic you may be able to find shelter in a private shelter that focuses on providing care to members of the Catholic faith.

Are you currently in school or a member of a pre-paid physical fitness center? You may be able to park in those lots regularly without being hassled. You may have access to showers and safe places to wait inside if the weather is too extreme.

It is better to leave your apartment before you burn through your last penny. Use that last months rent to outfit yourself with the bare essentials you’ll need.

Your essentials will vary depending on your assets.
If you have the option of living with your parents, or older relatives, or somewhere else that is stable, then you probably don’t need to buy the 10 degree sleeping bag.
If you’re going to be spending your nights in your car in the middle of winter then a good sleeping bag can keep you alive.

If you have a vehicle you will need to make sure that your registration and inspection are paid up to avoid any problem with police (they will stop you at some point, it’s better to have all your legalities covered so they can’t tow your vehicle).
If you have a vehicle make sure that you keep enough funds out to be able to have enough gas to move from place to place every day.

My point is that if you know it’s coming, prepare for it. Too many people try to ignore it, think that if they ignore it then they’ll be able to skate across it somehow at the last minute.

Make a list of the possible places you’ll be staying.
Make a list of assets or traits you have available to use.
Make a list of what you think you’ll need to survive in the most likely places you might end up staying.
Sign up for any state services that you may qualify for, food stamps, children’s healthcare, vet service for your pet, etc etc.
Find a postbox and prepay it for a year so you can get official mail.
Purchase the one or two essential items you will need to survive for your most likely location.
Leave your apartment/house with as much money in your pocket/bank account as you can.

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