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Housework + Back Pain = Depression ? :-P

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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 12,230
    The word really doesnt matter a bit. Its all about what you can do within your limits without hurting yourself.
    If someone wants an immaculate house but has to sacrifice their body and well being - then is it really worth it?
    And on the other hand you keep a great house, but still within your physical limitations - Isnt that better in the long run?

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Just wanted to say that my new-found approach is working great. So far I've only drawn up a list for the kitchen and bathroom, so I will have to sit down and divvy up the tasks for the rest of the house too...

    I'm so much happier with the housework now. Not feeling as pressured or as overwhelmed. Thanks again for the input!
    Happiness is your chronic pain being less than it usually is...

    Migraines and so many herniated discs (the same ones over and over) that I have literally stopped counting
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  • You know what your limitations are, whether they were doctor-imposed or based on how you feel after you do a task. Why not just set a timer for ten minutes, do a task, and then rest?

    The other thing I'd suggest is to avoid supermarkets during peak times: Evening rush hour, the weekends, and the first through the fifth of the month (when public benefit checks have been issued and the place is packed.) I'm three and a half weeks out of lumbar fusion surgery, and got cleared to drive short distances provided I didn't just take pain meds, and I make a few trips a week instead of loading up. I picked up a dozen or so of those reusable shopping bags, and get the carryout service at the store, rearrange the food so that no bag weighs more than a gallon of milk (my current lifting restrictions,) and bring the frozen or refrigerated stuff in first. I'm not working right now (obviously,) so it doesn't matter if a bottle of dishwashing liquid or a box of trash bags is in the car half the day. We are going to have a thaw this week, so I'm planning to ask a neighbor who had offered help to see if one of her teenagers can come in and vacuum or walk the dog for a few bucks.

    What amazes me is how creative I've gotten in managing the basics: I picked up two roll-about office chairs, and can shove them around so that I can do some basic tasks around here so that nobody calls the board of health on me!
    I'm not a spinal diagnosis. I'm a human being with a spinal diagnosis.
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