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I figured it might be nice to have a thread for just tips about life in general. No real theme, not necessarily otherkin-specific, just anything.

 

I'll start: When microwaving something likely to dry out (meat, rice, anything bread, etc), cover it with a damp cloth or paper towel to keep the moisture from cooking out of it.

Rowan

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Pretty much any plant that is purple in color has the capacity to kill you. Foxglove, deadly nightshade, wolfsbane, hemlock, and some species of hydradgea are a few examples.
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This one is specific to the United States, but if you find yourself in need of routine or acute (non-emergency) medical care but cannot afford it, see if there's a Community Health Center in your area. Look for FQHCs in general. FQHCs are Federally Qualified Health Centers, and they receive federal subsidies to help them provide care to those who do not otherwise have the financial means to obtain it. CHCs (Community Health Centers) are a very common type of FQHC, but public hospitals are often also FQHCs. What this means for you is that they will work with you to provide you with care at a cost that you can afford. They will assess your financial situation and place you on a sliding scale, to ensure that you are paying what you can afford (to help them keep the lights on and the staff employed), but only what you can afford based on your income, household size, and other factors. They can often time also link you up with local organizations and resources to assist with food, housing, transportation, etc and may be able to help you apply for Medicaid, food stamps, and other programs. Because all of that affects your health outcomes, too.

 

They also often partner with or own pharmacies in the area. I used to work at a pharmacy owned by a CHC. We used the same sliding scale as the clinic, and when patients were assessed there, we used that same assessment for our sliding scale. They did not have to do a separate assessment. At the lowest income range, our patients paid a copay for their meds of $2 + our cost to obtain the med. Which may sound like it would still put a lot of things out of reach, but we also had resources. Because we were owned by an FQHC, we qualified for 340B, which is basically a federally subsidised drug pricing program. So the vial of insulin that cost us $400 to purchase at retail price only cost us $0.10 through our 340B contracts. (No, unfortunately neither of those numbers is an exaggeration.) So a patient in the lowest income braket getting that insulin would be paying a copay of $2 per month + $0.10 per vial. So if they needed 2 vials for a month, their cost would be $2.20. And like with the clinic, that $2 went to helping us keep the lights on and the staff employed. We did not turn a profit on our 340B patients unless it was insurance companies we were profiting from. However, 340B only applies to patients who are seen by providers from the FQHC the pharmacy is owned by or partnered with or outside specialist providers those patients are referred to by the FQHC's providers. Patients must also have been financially assessed by the FQHC the pharmacy is affiliated with. 340B discounts can be applied even with insurance. In these cases, however, if the patient has insurance, the insurance plan must first cover the medication (which is where that getting money from insurance companies with our insured 340B patients comes from) and then their 340B sliding scale can be applied to reduce their copay to what it should be per their assessment.

 

This is a really, really good resource to have if you find yourself in a tight financial situation, as these centers provide low or no cost care and drastically reduced prescriptions, even if you're uninsured. If you have any questions about them, since I know I packed a lot into this, feel free to DM me. I'm always more than happy to help folks navigate this, as I do strongly believe everyone should have access to medical care.

 

A note about immigration status: This is something we encountered a lot, was people being afraid to utlize our services because of their immigration status. (We did have a significant number of undocumented patients.) Let me assure you, the only people who give a fuck are the patient advocates. And that's solely because it affects what programs they can help enroll you in and what resources they can refer you to. And that's it. These places exist to make sure that everyone has access to care, so nobody there gives a shit about whether or not you have papers.

Rowan

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If you happen to cleanly crack your favorite ceramic mug, dish, or bowl into relatively large pieces and don't happen to have glue on hand, you can use a bit of milk instead to put it back together. I was able to rescue a beloved teacup that way, and it continued to be my daily cup for several years after.

"Wholly wounded, I imitate, I take shape."

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I figured it might be nice to have a thread for just tips about life in general. No real theme, not necessarily otherkin-specific, just anything.

 

I'll start: When microwaving something likely to dry out (meat, rice, anything bread, etc), cover it with a damp cloth or paper towel to keep the moisture from cooking out of it.

I actually just sprinkle a few teaspoons of water directly on to the food, works just as well!

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Hi! Decided to share one of those lifehacks I'm using. Learned this one from my father:

 

To keep your green onions fresh, wrap them into a clean newspaper (maybe paper towel will work as well ), and then put the resulting roll into a plastic bag. Keep the wrapped green onions in the refrigerator, desirably in the fresh zone (if your refrigerator has one). Tried to store my green onions without this wrap in the 0-degree zone, it quickly shrivelled down and became moisty and flaccid. Now I always keep it in this kind of wrapping, it stays fresh waaay longer :3

 

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Lifehack number two. Didn't try this one, but used it's results once :3 You can make your own fresh-frozen vegetables and herbs if you wash them, cut them to pieces of appropriate size, put them in plastic bags and store the resulting packages in the freezer.

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