Chronic Pain & Meal Times

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Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 8/18/2008 4:19 AM (GMT -6)   
My husband has been doing all the meals and dishes for the past six years. I'm
not comfortable standing.
Now, he is going in the hospital for a procedure and will be down for about two
weeks. This is going to be hard for me, but I swear I'm going to do it.
Any ideas for real easy meals or easy ways to prepare a grocery list. ANY kind of
ideas. I'll be able to keep the house up ... it's not that important.
I have Agoraphobia. That never helps anything. Never.

Oh, I know what is going to be hard ... taking the garbage out, going half a block
for the mail, and cleaning the cat box. (I doubt that anyone can help me with those

Osteoarthritis all levels of spine right down to Coccyx
Myofascial Pain
Bulging Discs
Spinal Stenosis
Chronic Constipation (Take meds that solve that problem. : ) )
Carpel Tunel Syndrome
Prolapsed Bowel and Bladder (Doesn't cause much problem)
Attention Deficit Disorder
Depression and Anxiety

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   Posted 8/18/2008 4:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh Pam I am so sorry to hear about your hubby. My best wishes for a speedy recovery. Ok here is what I do for quick meals.

1.) Keep minute rice in the cupboard for those easy meals involving rice. (also instant Mashed Potatoes as I am a huge fan of Potatoes)

2.) There is an easy meals by Betty Crocker and Kraft makes pasta salads that you can easily make. Too you can throw some of these in the crock pot and let them simmer for hours before supper.

3.) I always keep handy things like lunch meat, cheese and other things for a quick sandwich for lunches.

Anyway hope this helps hun.

HEALTH ISSUES: Herniated discs at S-1-L5, L5-L4, L4-L3. Two level fusion (2000); one level fusion (2002); Revision at L4-L3 (2003). Diagnosed with Failed Back Syndrome, Permanent Nerve damage and Chronic Pain


Kadian, Lexipro, Percocet, Temazapim, Lunista, and Robaxin.

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 8/18/2008 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Ziplock Stemfresh Bags is going on my list. Never heard of them. I hope hope the
store has them. ( BTW, Hot Dogs are just about my favorite food : ))

Betty Crock and Kraft Pasta salads sound good too.

I really doubt that I have community support. I'll call just to check.

Still collecting ideas,

Post Edited (Pamela Neckpain) : 8/24/2008 7:00:57 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/18/2008 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Pam - There are quite a few meals that are pretty easy to cook.

Roast - if you like roast beef they are really easy to cook. You can buy bags in the seasoning area that have the spices, and you put the roast in with any vegetables you want and cook. I normally have hubby take it out.

Stew, soup, stuff like that in a crock pot are really easy. They also have quick frozen meals that you just pop into the crock pot to cook. They even make liners (you'll find them with the plastic baggies, and ziplock steamer bags) that line the crock pot so it doesn't get dirty.

Also - dont forget there is a whole world of premade frozen food meals. Most of them are pretty good.

You can buy the bags of salad that come with everything except meat, and buy the precooked salad meat, or just buy the bowls that come with everything. Also most grocery stores and even walmart have deli's that have fried chicken, sandwiches and such.

Remember that you've got pizza, stuff like that too. :)

Not sure what you can do - but for me I can toss a steak on the grill, with some corn. Hot dogs, as mentioned above.

Also to help with clean up get you a bunch of paper plates, cups, and silverware. They also sell disposable cake pans, liners, and such. Whenever I'm using the oven I line whatever I'm using with tinfoil to make clean up quick and easy too.

For meals that take a bit more to do I have it sort of worked out to do a bit here, a bit there, all day to get it done. For example yesterday we had a oven roasted chicken. I washed the chicken first thing in the morning, then put it in the fridge, then put the seasoning on it, back in the fridge, then put it in the oven when I needed it. Today I'm turning the same chicken into soup. I already took the meat dropped it in water to boil, cut the veggies later, added them in as I could, so now all that's left is this evening I cook some noodles.

I start meals in the morning getting the prep work done, so that evening all that's left is cooking it.

I hope some of these help.
"When we come to the edge of the light we know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, of one thing we can be sure; either God will provide something solid to stand on... or we will be taught to fly.'"

Dx: Degenerative Disc Disease, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, IBS-d, Ruptured & Fused L4-L5-S1, Bulging/Ruptured L3-L4, Sciatica, Neuropathy, Costochondritis, Reflux, Gastric Bypass Surgery 12/6/07
Rx: Kadian 50mg - every 12 hours, Percocet 5/325 - up to 4 daily, Baclofen 10mg - 3 daily, Amitriptylene 200mg - at bedtime, Prevacid Solutabs - 1 daily, various vitamins.

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   Posted 8/18/2008 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
You have alot of good ideas .For a quick meal I make mac and cheese in a box and put tuna in it and it s a quick meal. You and your husband are in my prayers.
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