More RV Living

So, BF got a job thanks to Indeed and military mechanic experience! I’ve been putting in applications everywhere, but BF talked to the Administrative manager at his job and she interviewed me and it looks like I’m in! So we’d be working at the same place, hopefully with almost the same hours.

So, BF has been fixing the leaks and buying new parts and everything so that is finally starting to come together. We’re working on all of the storage still: the bottom of the two bunk beds is now storage for our deep freezer and my nightstand and the vacuum (which we actually might not need). The biggest annoyance now is the RV rocking back and forth with any movement inside, like walking from the bed to the bathroom or other things. So, BF made sure that the jack stands were evenly spaced under the RV, supporting equal weight. Then we went to buy more jack stands to support the weight under the axles, and we bought things that go between the sets of tires to keep the RV from rocking forward and back, shaped like two triangles with the top points facing each other. They’re curved to fit around the tires. Basically wheel chocks that go toward the top/middle of between the tires. That has helped a ton, although the RV does still rock a tiny bit. We’re just about settled with it!

Cooking is a bit of a challenge because there is obviously very little counter space and the stove and oven are relatively small, as well as the fridge and freezer being small. But we’re making do, and I’ve learned that we can buy the fresh ingredients for things and eat at home for cheaper than going out to eat all the time.

To save a little on energy consumption, we like to keep the thermostat at 65 in the morning, 60 at night, and we just keep blankets and hoodies and cozy socks around to put on if we feel cold. I like to keep things unplugged where I can, like phone chargers not in use. I use a three wick candle in the evening for light in addition to the light from the tv. The blinds are open during the day to maximize natural light. Keeping the bathroom door also helps keep heat in the rest of the camper, because there’s a skylight and a vent in the bathroom and obviously no cloth things to help hold in heat.

We have to wash dishes a lot more often because the sink is very small and there’s no dishwasher. It made me realize that I bought WAY too many glasses. I have sets of four of five or six  types of glasses, so most of them are in storage.

It is quite the challenge to realize that all the stuff you have is probably not going to fit in an RV. You get used to all the things and don’t want to part with it until you get frustrated enough with lack of space to say “screw it, it’s going in storage.”

If I haven’t touched on something you’re wondering about, let me know! We’re only about two and a half weeks in to RV Living but just about everything normal happens in two and a half weeks.

Update on Tubal Ligation at 23

Hey! So, I left off on Monday.  I believe it was Wednesday night, I could finally sleep on my belly (my most comfortable position). It had been difficult to sleep, because the muscles under and around the uterus and ovaries are active when you’re trying to move around at night,  so I basically stuck to sleeping on my belly and my back at that point. During work, I found that putting pressure on the incision to support it and the muscles around it and keep them from moving helped a lot, and there was obvious pressure on it while I slept when I slept on my belly. If I had to get up in the middle of the night, it was far easier to get up from sleeping on my belly because I could raise myself up using my arms and thighs and step down from the bed. So I tried to keep myself comfortable in my belly most of the night, every night.

It took another day or so (so this is around a week) for my body to finally process air the right way again, because I still had air pockets under my ribs, and along with that, it took about that long to finally process food normally again too. Thank you, anesthesia and shock to the body.

BUT!!!

Thanks to the human body being amazing and the pressure on the incision from sleeping on my belly, the cut healed almost right before my eyes. Every morning it seemed more together, and the Steri-Strips got looser. Every day, the incision got itchier and itchier as it healed, and it felt like the itchiness came from the Steri-Strips pulling on my skin as it tried to knit back together and the hair kept growing back in. On Sunday the 15, I finally removed the Steri-Strips from my skin and the incision looked amazing for only being a week and a half old. It looked especially dry, so I put some coconut oil directly around the cut. (COCONUT OIL HAS SO MANY BENEFITS, GO RESEARCH IT!!!)

I believe that the coconut oil has helped immensely, because today, Wednesday the 18, the cut looks very healed around the edges, as if it shrinks in length every hour. The skin is pink like scar tissue and there is less and less of a discernable split in the skin every time I look at it. I’m still keeping a patch of gauze on it between my skin and my underwear so the slight scabbing doesn’t catch on the fabric, but I think that’s cuz I’m an extra worry warrior. I’m still putting coconut oil on it twice a day and it helps with the itching tremendously. 

Possible TMI:

I think I’m gonna be ovulating in the next couple of days, so that means there’s no signs of that Tubal Ligation syndrome some people talk about where everything is painful and nothing works right anymore. Did i mention the surgery started my period early? So i had absolutely no worries about being pregnant before the surgery, although I doubt they would have done the surgery if I was pregnant in the first place, they took a urine sample for a test before the procedure. Of course, it’s only been two weeks tomorrow since the surgery, so I have time to see if things are going to be different when it comes to ovulation and menstruation. But, so far, nothing out of the ordinary.

So now, all I have to do is see if it changes my tolerance for other people’s kids, namely my boyfriend’s son. We shall see.