Pet Peeves, especially with fibro

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vestabula
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   Posted 4/16/2009 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
So last night I wanted to spray something with Lime Away.  There was still about two inches in the bottle but of course, the sprayer would not work.  I think they do this on purpose because I have never found a product that lets you use it until it is gone.  Anyway, I tried to unscrew the cap and just pour it.  It wouldn't budge but I blamed it on my weak, painful hands.  Asked the hubby to do it.  I thought he was going to pop a vein trying to unscrew that cap.  Then he got mad and went to the garage for a huge wrench and a hammer.  NOPE!  I kept telling him to forget it...No...he was gonna get the stupid cap off.  He actually stood on it and jumped on it.  Nothing. I hear &*%%@ THING!  Finally, he took a bread knife and sawed the bottle in half.
 
I had to open my last pack of batteries with a meat mallet.  And my vitamin D?  What's with this cellophane with some kind of glue on it that goes down half the bottle and you have to take a skinny knife and spend ten minutes slicing it off.  I'm not good with knives.  I love the Arthritis strength Tylenol.  You have to back over the bottle with your car to get the stupid things out.  If I have sore, arthritic hands, make the product so I can open it!  I know product safety is an issue since there are sicko's out there that spend their hours figuring out how to replace a Hershey Bar with Exlax...but really.
 
I have a brand new bottle of Advil sitting here in front of me.  I got the lid off but have to go get a steak knife to punch a hole in the aluminum seal, as it has no lip to just pull off.
 
Wathcha got?  Anyone else asking your five year old grandchild to open a tube of tooth paste?
 
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Sherrine
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   Posted 4/16/2009 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I bought a special tool that helps open those plastic packages.  It is like scissors but will slice through that heavy plastic.  I also buy bottles of pills that are easy to open for arthritics and then keep them and refill them with the products that come in the difficult to open bottles. 
 
When I was traveling I wanted a medium-sized bottle of Tylenol to take with me.  I couldn't open it at all.  I gave it to my daughter and she opended it and closed it and opened it and closed it.  She did that in her spare time for several days.  It wore down the plastic so I now can open it.  She did that six years ago and I just keep filling that bottle up!
 
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RedDiane
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   Posted 4/16/2009 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I got a new bottle of Vitamin D. Using a steak knife, I got the plastic off and the metal seal off the top. But what really stymied me was the cotton. I managed to get it pushed down into the bottle. It was a small bottle, and nothing fit into it to pull out the cotton. Eventually, I got it broken into small pieces and pulled them out one by one with my forefinger. Diane
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Sherrine
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   Posted 4/16/2009 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I use my tweezers for that, Diane!
 
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pattipanda
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   Posted 4/16/2009 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   

Well now.. this is a subject I know a little something about!!!

My dad invented a tamper proof bottle top but the drug companies and bottling companies poo poo'd it.  It would have made opening bottles hassle free!!  But NOOOOOOOOOO... they didn't want to pay the licensing fees and make some minor changes in how bottles are sealed.  Dad died about 8 years ago. I took on his project and got no where with it. Between my dad and I we put about 25 years into it. But at least I can say I tried!!!! 

I have tons of problems with bottle tops too.  I started going to Walgreens because they have prescription bottles for people who have trouble opening bottles.  Made a huge difference in taking my meds when I'm in a lot of pain.

Had to laugh about driving over the bottles you can't open.  Funny!!!

Hugs ... 


Patti
 
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getting by
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   Posted 4/16/2009 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't do the safety caps. I have the old kind put on my prescriptions for that reason. I just have too hard of a time opening the tamper proof caps. But sometimes the lids come off of the others too easy. So if I carry any medication in my purse, I use the child proof top. Just hope that I don't have to have any medication, wont be able to get the bottle open. lol...

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Chartreux
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   Posted 4/16/2009 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Donna, you sure bring up good topics,
I hate it when I ask for the non child protective caps for my meds, from the pharmacy
and they still come back with the child proof caps, now those things are hard, too....
Why do I have to tell them this all the time, it should be on my file...
pharmacy in one ear>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>out the other>>>>>>>>>>>>
eh...

Hugz
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Littleneck
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   Posted 4/16/2009 10:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I have to open my front door with two hands on the knob now. Some days I can't get my seat belt buckled in the car because my right shoulder and hand won't work to push it in til it clicks; it's just too painful. I am experiencing the joys of being unable to dress myself completely, because I can't raise my arms or put them behind me. Also, this weekend the FedEx man delivered an envelope to me, and I asked him if he would unscrew my medication tops for me before he left. He was really nice and said not to tell anyone. :)

Chartreux
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   Posted 4/17/2009 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh I know why don't we all just carry portable flame throwers, they'd open anything...
hehehe....
or maybe portable diamond saws, diamonds are a girls best friend and we'd be able to open anything....
hahaha
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MrsCavbar
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   Posted 4/18/2009 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Long standing family joke, I've been unable to open any type of bottle first thing in the morning, and yrs later, I can't feel my finger tips and have no strength in my hands or wrists so hubby gets to open them all now, but yeah I so know the feeling
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Marlee2
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   Posted 4/19/2009 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Don't even get me started on this subject. My hands are my worst problem between the arthritis and fibro so nothing is easy anymore when it comes to my hands. I bought a pair of Black and Decker electric shears to open those darn plastic packages. I have to get a knife or have DH open DVDs, I know they are concerned about people stealing them but by the time I get one opened I'm too tired to watch it. I have these squeezy things you can put on toothpaste to get it all out but it hurts my hands to put the things on so I put the tube on the counter and take a butter knife to push it to the opening. When they had metal tubes you could roll them up but the plastic ones don't do that.
 
Most of my pill bottles you can turn the tops over to make them not child proof but sometimes I have to have DH open them the first time so I can do that. When I go shopping to buy tylenol, vitamins or anything that has to be opened I sit it all on the counter for DH to open before I put it away. If I lived by myself I would have to have one of the neighbors to come open everything for me.
 
I try to buy pump bottles of soap and stuff or I will save pump bottles to put stuff in cause squeezing any kind of bottle is hard for me.
 
My biggest pet peeve is cashiers that do not put your bags in your cart for you without being asked. By the time I shop and put stuff in the cart and take the stuff out of the cart to put it on the belt my hands have had it so when the cashier leaves my bags on the thingy for me to put in my cart it does not make me happy and I will ask if they can put them in the cart for me cause I have bad hands. Maybe it's just me but I think that is part of their job.
 
We do not live in a hand friendly world.
 
luv and hugs
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Chartreux
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   Posted 4/19/2009 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Yep that makes it so hard to shop at wal-mart is they don't have baggers to help you..
I'm glad they have them at krogers...Marlee is there anyway you could ask at customers
services for help in shopping? just a suggestion...
or maybe take a list to kroger ask them if they can get the items to checkout for you, or search out
the computer shopping from home methods............
Good luck to you............
but i still says a small diamond saw to get everything opened, hehehe
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