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Old 06-10-2004, 05:52 AM   #1
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Things we do to make life easier

I no longer wear anything pullover as it agitates my shoulders/neck to get in and out of clothing. I only use bottom shelves in cupboard so I do not have to overextend my arms. When I take a bath I put towel/washcloth on floor so I again do not overextend my arms when reaching for things. When I get hair trimmed which is rarely that is all I do as I cannot stand to be tipped back to have hair washed. Of course, I look like a fright scene when I leave beauty parlor, but no added pain. I have huge overstuffed pillow behind me when at computer so I can relax muscles as much as possible. I make couple trips to grocery store weekly so I can carry smaller amounts. I have caller ID on phone so I do not get involved with people I do not want to talk to. I keep a diary of day-to-day problems so I can logically present them to doctor to see if there is a solution. I watch only upbeat things on TV as my emotions are so out of control that I will bawl about everything be it sad/glad. I am sure I will think of other things later as I have modified my lifestyle so much that I cannot even think of anything else I could do any easier, but perhaps I will learn something from other people as I am always open to easy way to do things. (TT)

 
Old 06-11-2004, 03:06 PM   #2
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Re: Things we do to make life easier

Hi TT,

Funny how different we all are, even within the same DIS-ease! I've STARTED wearing mostly pullover clothing, specifically light-wieght, long flowy dresses, that pull on over the head - my arthritic fingers can no longer handle buttons too easily. Plus, non-pullover tends to mean blouse and slacks/skirt, and I cannot tolerate ANY pressure around my ribs or abdomen - the dresses allow me to go bra-less. I found an "extending arm" to use to grab overhead stuff, or things on the floor as bending is as difficult for me as is reaching. Like you, I cushion my surroundings to ease sore muscles. I've enlisted hubbys' help, too, and he does the shopping these days ! I don't have the tenacity to write in a diary daily, but my pockets are always stuffed with odd bits of paper with notes scribbled on them to get me thru the day. Memory issues are still a real tuffy, and I haven't found a help for that.

Anyway, enjoyed your list. thanks!

 
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Old 06-11-2004, 10:06 PM   #3
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Re: Things we do to make life easier

Isn't it amazing all the things one has to do. I finally had to give in and use a shower chair so I could shave and wash my hair and rinse without passing out. When I close my eyes and lean back at all I start to go out. And I'm so sorry that you don't have more help. I wish all the time that I could figure out a way to get healthy so I could help other people who struggle. Since I would know what they were going through.

I can put the laundry in the washer and dryer, but I can't take it out. I can wash dishes sometimes but I can't put them away. I had to buy a realy soft cushy toilet seat. I too am a pillowholic. When I'm in really bad shape I will line the entire sofa with bed pillows and lay on them. If you put a sheet over them it makes it like an extra matress. I mouse with my left hand when the right one hurts. I never bend over I squat. I use spray on moisturizer because it's too hard to rub it all in. I too need to be braless and have pullover clothing. I use my debit card for everything because I can't write out a check. I put things that I use most often at waist level so I don't have to go digging and reaching for things.

That's about all I can think of right now.

 
Old 06-11-2004, 10:09 PM   #4
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...And I buy things that don't require much preparation to feed my son and myself during the day while hubby's at work or we wouldn't eat.

 
Old 06-12-2004, 07:19 AM   #5
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I sent email to one of my firbo friends the other day when she was talking about getting haircut that I had it figured out now. I figured since beauticians were hair specialists they should also shave our armpits, legs, and any place else we want to get rid of hair which would make life a whole lot easier. (TT)

 
Old 06-12-2004, 11:43 AM   #6
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I sent email to one of my firbo friends the other day when she was talking about getting haircut that I had it figured out now. I figured since beauticians were hair specialists they should also shave our armpits, legs, and any place else we want to get rid of hair which would make life a whole lot easier. (TT)
I LOVE this idea, TT! But, gee, can you imagine what the reality of that would REALLY be like?!?

Thanks for the good laugh! yep, yep, too, on everything Taurus said.

 
Old 06-12-2004, 11:46 AM   #7
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Re: Things we do to make life easier

Wow. I really haven't made that many concessions in day to day life, I'm still ****** off from having to remove myself from the fast track I was on...school, volunteering, etc. Yesterday I had a bad skin day, so I dug through the dirty clothes to find the *one* comfortable bra I have (microfiber is a wonderful thing) and wore dumpy clothes out...well, cutoffs and a tank top, which is sorta my thing anyway. I usually have my heating pad on the back of my computer chair. I do laundry from beginning to putting away, but that's because I'm stubborn. People have actually told me that sometimes I have more stubbornness than brain cells, which I can see as being true. I don't do nearly what I used to. I used to walk/jog 5 miles a day, lift weights, full load of classes, travel, rock climb, hike, *smoke* (I just quit again), junk food... I've found that I feel much better as a vegetarian and even better than that as a vegan, but my weaknesses are cheese and chocolate. Curious, but has anyone else modified their diet for fibro? *hugs*Kali

 
Old 06-13-2004, 10:41 AM   #8
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Re: Things we do to make life easier

Hi Kali,

I avoid sugar mostly. And try not to eat tons of processed food. When I said prepared food I meant things like buying fruit and veggies already cut up.

I too was stubborn for ten years, then the other shoe dropped two years. Continue to do as much as you can but try to learn to pace yourself more. I started doing yoga a year ago and I sort of apply the breathing and rythym of yoga to everything else I do. Like breathe in and pick up the milk jug, breathe out and set it down. I'm not in such a hurry all the time anymore.

Oh and I am a chocoholic cheesemouse too. But I tell myself no like a good girl...most of the time

 
Old 06-13-2004, 11:20 AM   #9
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Another big thing I did which made a big improvement was dump the purse with shoulder strap. I then bought a much smaller purse which was a really big adjustment for me. Shoulder purse was cause of much problems not to mention that it was always falling off shoulder or when you went in a store and turned around you knocked everything off counter, banged into people. I should have carried a tin cup for donations when I had that purse. (TT)

 
Old 06-23-2004, 07:13 AM   #10
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Re: Things we do to make life easier

Hi--

I have to clean the tub as one of my 'chores'. Well--it was suggested to me to buy Mr. Clean's Magic Erasers. I'm gonna try it today and supposedly it's the best thing on the market to easily wipe away anything. There is no scrubbing---just wipe and all disappears.

The woman who told me swears by them. It's just one of those things to make life easier.

Also--I only shower every other day now instead of daily to ease up on the pain of moving and bending.

And--I will refuse to answer the phone if I'm in no mood to talk.

Like you, I pick and choose television programs that won't fool around with my emotions. I never enjoyed sci-fi, but it's something I've gotten into lately because it's kind of mindless and I can't really relate to it. It's just pure entertainment.

I also listen to music that is pleasing to my ear (even if nobody else likes it)

I won't wear anything with a collar. I feel like my neck is restrained.

I gave up on wearing boots pretty much. Land's End clogs and Reebok sandals are about it.

I refuse to travel too far unless the trip involves a room I can crash in. No long trips without it.

My pup gets walked a little less, so I have doggie attraction sheets I can put on the floor incase he needs to relieve himself. They are easy to pick up and there's no mess.

Yes--all seem simplistic, but like with you: it makes my life easier to deal with pain and the feelings it brings about. Why ache and moan when there are easier ways to do things.

thanks for your tips.

Ed

 
Old 06-23-2004, 08:01 AM   #11
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Re: Things we do to make life easier

in response to Kali, flax seed is the most important dietary change I've made. I had terrible IBS that has been cleared now for several years by taking flax daily! Also, my skin and hair are in fantastic shape.

I've aquired many kitchen gadgets to making cooking easier. For cleaning, I love Mr. Clean Wipes for tiles, counters, sinks, etc., and Clorox Wipes when I want to make doubly sure there's no germs. Ed - let us know how the Magic Eraser works for you.

P.S. Kali, I also fight the smoking thing. Sheesh, we already have to give up so much, it's a crying shame we can't keep the one thing that really DOES help us relieve our stress!

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Old 06-24-2004, 08:23 AM   #12
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Re: Things we do to make life easier

Somebody asked for an update about how the Mr.Clean Magic Erasers work---whether it makes it easier for a FMer who has to clean the tub, etc.
Well--I used it on the tub and it wasn't bad, but then I decided to use it on the bathroom floor--and boy, did it shine. Unfortunately I had to do it on my hands and knees, but since I'm balancing a flare and work----i just thought 'what difference does it make'?

You ever get that way---in a flare, have to do something and sometimes just do it because you hurt bad enough anyway.

When I'm done I really don't give a darn about anyone or anything.
(Except the wife).

Ed

 
Old 06-24-2004, 10:11 AM   #13
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Yes, I get like that as I get real disgusted about cheap beige carpeting in apartments and inability to keep it up. One day I said to myself, "Well, you are already in pain so how much worse can it get so hop to doing something really big" and I got out the rug shampooing machine. Well the devil said, "I'll show her" and I found out how much worse it could be and vowed I would never use that torture machine again. Many of my exacerbations stem from trying to take care of floors. I have tried many types of light weight vacuums, broom stick vacuums, electrostatic sweepers and spent more time picking fuzz out of brushes or equipment would not even pick up anything so I wanted to toss it off balcony, but could not pick machine up high enough. Then we go to the spray cleaners that supposedly are used to clean professionally. Now my rug has the current hot rage animal print because it is spotted. It is just a hopeless battle. (TT)

 
Old 06-24-2004, 10:31 AM   #14
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Copper---

The Mister Clean Magic Erasers made cleaning so much easier and I didn't have to use much elbow grease. I think they're a step up from the wipes, which I also use.

Ed

 
Old 06-27-2004, 10:34 AM   #15
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Typing Terror---

I've gotten the same way. The price we pay for doing heavy duty stuff while in a flare doesn't help and it does make it worse.

It's just that sometimes I get so frustrated that I decide to throw caution to the wind and just go ahead and do something.

I've got to keep reminding myself to do only one half of what I plan to do.

Ed

 
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