Time Management & CP

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Tirzah
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   Posted 9/13/2010 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
So I'm back looking for a job & was realizing that I waste a lot of time b/c I can't group together like tasks as I did before all this pain -- iron my clothes for the week, cook meals for a few days all at once, mop all the floors, etc.

This seems to waste a lot of time -- always doing just enough to barely make it through the day. I used to always be early for all my appointments & now I am often late, especially in the morning.

I have bad pain in my neck & right arm, moderate pain in my low back, and just found out that I have problems with the veins in my right leg so I need to avoid standing for long periods of time.

So I'm wondering if anyone has any tips & tricks to share about how the keep up with housework & personal care tasks in spite of CP.

Thanks for any help!!! :)
frances

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   Posted 9/13/2010 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Frances, you sound a lot like me!....maybe a little Anal, when your health was good. I did it all! Cook, clean, work my rear off, to the point I got the chills at the end of the day.

List making was a must, and still is, as I'm in the Percocet fog most of the time.....not loopy, but cant retain the mental list, I had promised myself to do each day.

Is there possibly a community group in your area that does volunteer work? Our church has several members, who will help, when a person is in need of assistance.

Do you have a close friend, who lives near by? Family?

I'm so sorry to hear that you are suffering so much. Do you take pain meds? When I take mine, and get that 3 to 4 hour open window of feeling relief, I get busy on the most needed project, and many times, take on the hardest one first.

I'm sure others will be along to suggest their helpful tips.

Take care,

SE:)

Tirzah
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   Posted 9/13/2010 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, SE.
I can't tolerate enough meds to actually bring my pain way down. I can take enough to function for about 30 minutes at a time. I get 4 doses/day -- well, 3 really since one is for bedtime.

I'm not trying to get back to where I was, but I need to start being on time pretty consistently. There's gotta be some sneaky trick for doing that even with CP. I just don't know it yet. :( Doing a tiny bit at a time means that I never build any momentum and am constantly 3 steps behind -- dirty dishes, dirty clothes, piled up trash, eating cereal out of the box for dinner & covering myself with powder b/c I'm in too much pain to shower and wash my hair and used up my medicine washing socks and undergarments. And in spite of -- or because of -- all that, it still takes me forever.

So there's just GOT to accomplish my scaled back agenda. I'm not working 10 hour days or running 10K/day anymore. I just want to be able to bathe, dress, eat, and get to work on time - and see my friends from time to time. But that's not working out right now.

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 9/13/2010 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   

 

   Dear Francess,

     I have a terrible time cleaning as well. I had to re-do my household so that it would be easier to manage despite being in constant pain with movement restrictions.

     The easiest way for me to manage cooking for long periods of time was by having large stools cut down to "hip-height" so I can sit comfortably while cooking or washing. I also have my large kitchen island put up high on heavy duty wheels. I made a small "kitchenette nook" from second hand furniture and thick decorative cushions (perfect for resting). When it comes to the cookware I have it all up on shelves. I just can't keep bending down to get it. So all my cookware - griddle, stock pots, pressure cookers .. all on shelves, with a couple of accents to make it look like "county living" style.  Buy zip lock containers that are perfect for single meals and containers can be thrown away. When you make big meals perhaps try separating each meal in "throw away" containers so that you can eat and toss. I use old "colored" sheets and window scarves for table cloths for everyday use. All I have to do is scoop it up and toss in the washer. 

     Chores around the house are hard. I go room by room with my "general clean" bucket and light weight rubbermaid "high step stool". It is super light and made of plastic so it is easy to carry. I plop my stool down and pick up toys, smooth beds, grab trash(tie it to bucket)....all of my supplies are right there  in my "general clean" bucket(5gal). That way I can travel room to room without going back and forth. On the floors I use a little swiffer cleaner that just put small pads of adhesive inside. They weigh maybe 1lbs. That way I am only vacuuming every three days.

     In the laundry room try having your laundry separated and up in bins on shelf. So you aren't bending down to separate. Try having tall collapsible bins for laundry in room. So you can just drag it with you out of your room. When dusting use a cloth that fits snugly around your hand (old bleachable socks work great). That way you aren't grasping and rubbing in circles. Instead you are just smoothing down with your hands. Try to make sure each room has small trash bins (size of vanity ones for bathrooms). It keeps things light and easy to manage. Using the bags from grocery shopping ensures there are handles. When you do have to vacuumed try to get one of the "light weight" series from eureka. They are cheap, super light, and high powered. I am in love with their "pet cleaner" series.

     I have about a thousand things I do to make life easier I wish I had time to type them all out. I think the biggest thing I have to remind myself daily is that some things are okay to leave for later. Like base boards (or just use the apolstry attachment on my vacuum cleaner when I am lazy).

*hugg*
  dani


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   Posted 9/13/2010 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
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Tirzah
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   Posted 9/13/2010 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Dani!!!

I need to figure out how to adapt the suggestions to my tiny apartment, but I think with some thought I can probably do that. I really appreciate it!

frances
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