-I was fixing
The word apañaba is the imperfect form of apañar in the first person singular. There are other translations for this conjugation.
See the full apañar conjugation


¿Cómo se apañaba para venir aquí y cuidar de él?
How did she come up here to take care of him?
Se apañaba muy bien antes de que yo llegara.
He did very well before I came along.
Se las apañaba sin mí antes de que llegara.
Well, you've got along without me before I came.
Siempre se apañaba para consolarle y reconciliarse, pero al final él se largó.
She always managed to console him and make it up. But in the end he left her.
Me las apañaba en la habitación de un hotel de San Francisco.
I had to do it in a cheap hotel room in San Francisco.
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