What are some proper responses to "How are you?"? I am asking this question, because I am wondering if you can answer indirectly. For example, instead of saying "Fine." or "I am doing great.", Can you say "It is how it is..."? I've been wondering if this is an idiomatic response to the question "How are you?" There isn't any rule that seems to say it's wrong, but it sounds very wrong.
How are you doing? It is how it is... Things haven't been going well for me.
How are you? It is not a good time for me. I've been on medications for over a week now and I feel very sick.
How are you? It is not great, but I am hanging on.