So I’ve been living in my tiny house full time now for a little while and I still have a lot to get done before its totally finished, but recently I experienced one of thing that I had some concerns over when it comes to tiny houses: Getting sick. Obviously being sick is never fun, but I had a few extra concerns when it came to my tiny house.
The biggest one was getting up and down from the loft when I was sick. When I’m sick, I try to drink a lot of fluids and having to climb up and down to pee several times didn’t thrill me. I’m not a person that gets sick often, but this time whatever I caught, really threw me for a loop. To complicate going up and down my ladder, I had a pretty high fever, was very achy, and at times my coordination was kinda thrown off because of those things. There was one time I almost toppled off the ladder because I got pretty dizzy mid way down. But I’ve survived!
Warning: composting toilet talk up next
The next thing I’ve been worried about was using a composting toilet during my sickness. I’ve learned that if you eat pretty healthy and make sure you have some good fiber in the mix, it makes the composting toilet much easier. When you’re sick, you often don’t eat as well and/or your body isn’t working like it normally does. All in all, it was fine, I worked it up to be much worse in my mind. I did realize during this time that while I didn’t have a stomach bug this time, in the future, I’m going to want to have an additional bucket in case “all systems are a go”.
The final thing of note that I’d like to make on this topic is how the tiny house was a benefit in being sick. Being that I now live in a tiny house and the tiny house enabled me to go out on my own to be self employed, I was able to take the time to just be sick. Usually I’m a pretty busy guy, but I can schedule everything to my liking and that includes when I need time off. So when I get sick, I don’t have to ask a boss for time off, I can just shoot off a few quick emails if need be saying I’m sick, then crawl into bed and sleep. When I get sick, I just let my body do its thing and follow my body’s lead. Which means drinking a lot of fluid and sleeping a lot to give my body the energy it needs to fight the infection.
I brought a few bottles of water up with me to the loft and my laptop with a bunch of movies on it. Most of the time I just was asleep, but when I was awake, I’d just open my laptop to watch a movie or listen to a “book on tape” on my phone. In my old life, this would have been hard to do; I didn’t get any sick days, just my normal vacation. Now I can disconnect and just heal. It’s a great thing.