Living Alone with Chronic Illness: LEARNING TO COOK with INSTANT POT! | Ep.216

Living Alone with Chronic Illness: LEARNING TO COOK with INSTANT POT! | Ep.216


it’s almost 12:30 I just woke up my flu
is feeling a little bit better so I’m gonna try to cook this beef soup that’s
just how it is we have chronic illness you do things when you can when you’re
feeling a little bit better not a hundred percent but you don’t
really get a control when you do things it’s just you just got to be ready for
whenever you feel that a little pocket of break in the clouds so to speak so
pretty sick with the flu been home by myself for the past couple weeks now and
the problem is I ran out of food mostly I just eat beef soup as I’ve said I’ve
literally allergic to everything on planet with immunosuppressants beef is
the least allergic but I got that at home by myself feeling really weak don’t
have good control of my arms legs part of the reason why I don’t have to
control my hands and my feet is because I’ve been coughing so hard I’ve
irritated the spinal cord injury my neck that I have three discs pressing in
cutting into my spinal cord so that can paralyze everything below the neck even
too weak to really sit up so so I’m gonna pop some Tylenol see if that could
get my fever to calm down so that I can drive and go to a supermarket kind of feel like throwing up pretty bad
stomachache – debating if I should turn back all right we made it let’s get this over with
so you guys my ass Jeff won’t you get somebody else to do all this stuff for
you well first of all those of us with chronic illnesses do you try to be as
self-reliant as possible you just can’t depend on other people
all the time so the other problem with having other people do stuff for me is
even my closest friends have fragrances and allergens on them with if it’s just
lotion or shampoo that they put on or if it’s a smoker they came in contact with
or if it’s animals he came in contact with and when they come to my house all
of that stuff will get into the carpet or the sofa or the paint and it’ll take
several days for that stuff to get out so I’m gonna be constantly sick from all
those things even when somebody just comes over for a couple minutes so just
better for me to try to do it all myself part-1 of the mission is complete. just
gotta be willing to do part two which is cooking it was 12:30 I just woke up my
flu is feeling a little bit better so I’m gonna try to cook this beef soup
hopefully I’ll feel well enough to finish making this meal a lot of times I
don’t and I have to do it in steps so I’ve been learning used to Instant Pot
make my life that easier it does a lot of the cooking automatically there’s
only a second time I’ve done this though so hopefully I don’t mess it up I’m
gonna try to use this as their like a frying pan to warm up the stew meat
before I cook it when it gets hot enough to cook it’ll say hot and I’m gonna pour
in some grapeseed oil all right let’s just hope it doesn’t get everywhere I’m
gonna have some pre boiled water just to make the cooking go faster all right now
I’m gonna set it to pressure cook for 35 minutes on high there we go
all right it takes about an hour or more for the instant pot to cook even though
I set it to 35 minutes it takes a while to preheat it to the right pressure and
then after it cooks it takes a while for the pressure to drop we’re gonna take
that time in between to cut the veggies my hands are still bit numb again from
the neck injury spinal cord being damaged and my left foot you see me
going on like this because my finger just feels a little bit weird so I
really hope I don’t trip when I’m walking around the kitchen and cut
myself potatoes and beef are the only two things that I am barely allergic to
everything else is off the charts but beef and potatoes somehow the allergy
readings are pretty low so with enough medications at immunosuppressants these
are two things that I can tolerate the best so I do react tomatoes a bit but it
just tastes better with to me so sometimes you just gotta break the
rules a little bit and separate the consequences 152 in the morning the
pressure pin still hasn’t dropped so so can’t open it
problem is I’m feeling the fever come back pretty dizzy and then pretty queasy
kind of weak and it pops in titanal hopefully we can last until the stew
meat is finished cooking so we can put in all the veggies
alright the pressure pen dropped we’re in business all right all right we cancel to stop
the last cooking session and now we’re going to do pressure cook again but this
time we’re only going to do five minutes for the veggies again it will go way
longer than that because it has to heat up to the right pressure and then it
takes a while to come down from there that pressure for all that pressure to
be released so the actual cooking time is a lot longer and I’ll be enough 3:30 in the morning the pressure pin has
dropped time for the moment of truth all right there it is beef soup dinner
served hopefully you’ll help me get over the
cold faster you

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