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Doing Everyday Things

Anna mositeeAAnna mositee South CarolinaPosts: 5
I would like to know how y'all do everyday chores. I started with sciatia in October 2015, and I am 70% better now. I have been going to physical therapy twice a week for the past 4 weeks. I do feel like it is helping and my leg is getting stronger. I had gotten to where my right knee was giving out on me and I kept falling down, getting back up was awful. I am blessed that my husband was/is able to help me with various things such as laundry, getting up out of chairs and the bed. I am trying to help more around the house but I am so afraid I'm going to move or twist the wrong way.

I want to know what type chair should I be using, hard seat or soft? I am currently using my ergomomic office chair. How do you pick things up off the floor, put on socks, boots.
Just any advice would help. I also have fibromyalgia, so alot of the pain overlaps.

Thank you,

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  • Kimmy72KKimmy72 Posts: 1,767
    edited 01/29/2016 - 11:05 AM
    From a two level spinal fusion surgery (1/8/16). As far as getting stuff done around the house. I'm on limited duties for now. I also have a terrific husband who is taking care of the things on my no-no list!! A few items that I have found to be invaluable for those times I need to do things on my own around here are:
    1) Grabbers! I even put one in the shower. ..
    2) Slip-on shoes with better than excellent non-slip soles...no need to mess around with socks. In the event that you DO need to wear socks. I know there are products out there that can help out with that aspect of self-care.
    3) Long-handled shower scrubbie/pouf. You can get those in kits with interchangeable heads from most stores. These are SO great when you can't bend, but ya gotta get clean!

    Other than that, my husband and I put one steadfast rule in place while I'm recuperating: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES AM I TO ENGAGE IN ANY POSSIBLY RISKY ACTIVITIES UNLESS HE IS HOME!! Everyone's definition of risky behavior is different of course, but ours involves things such as showering, walking outside (laps around the house instead!), etc.
    I'm learning as I go through this whole process that for me, my body appreciates me so much more for "under-doing it" than my mind does! I've always been n "on-the-go" type, so I've had to become VERY firm with that inner voice that says go when I shouldn't!
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
  • Anna mositeeAAnna mositee South CarolinaPosts: 5
    Kimmy72, Thank you for the information. I hope you have a speedy recovery. I do have a grabber and I'm going to order a few more. I'll check on the shoes and other things you mentioned, too.

    When you're at home please tell me what do you sit on, are you using a special type chair?

    My husband as the same rule about doing things around the house as yours. Sounds like we are both blessed in that area.

    Thanks, anna
  • For the well wishes! And I wholeheartedly agree with you--if it weren't for my sweetest husband, things would not be going as well for me as they have been! ! BLESSED is the word!
    I don't have a special chair, just special cushions...they're the ones that look like a donut. Keeps the pressure off th e lumbar area pretty well. I've had those since before my operation, as sitting was (and still is, although to a slightly lesser degree) SO painful. I will say to get one with good, sturdy legs (leave the tapered Queen Anne style legs for later LOL! ) as well as strong, wide (as possible) arms on it. Using your arms to hoist yourself up is critical for initially displacing that strain from your back/legs while you're getting into a standing position. I'm gonna have arms like Popeye and a butt like Porky by the time this is all said and done...:-D..at least I won't have as many body parts to work on once I can get back to working out!
    I hope you continue to make positive gains every day...

    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
  • You don't have to spend a fortune for a chair...you might find just the perfect one at a thrift store!
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
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