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   Posted 2/28/2010 2:08 AM (GMT -6)   
On Sundays we take time to share our ideas and ways of making our lives easier. Tips and hints for everyday tasks can make a huge difference in the quality of our days. And as always we don't use the "P" (pain) word in the Koffee Klatch....this one is difficult. smhair (no, I didn't say it, I was "explaining"

Let's take the simple topic of showers/baths. We don't need to get too 'visual' or technical here but are there things you do or use that make this routine just a bit easier and more relaxing?

Although a hot shower is the best medicine for this aching body, some mornings are just too "trying" and "uncomfortable" to enjoy the warmth. Once in a while I take what we used to call a 'spit bath'. That's such a ridiculous name!! No one spits on themselves to get clean...<shudder> shocked But this is a wash cloth with lots of warm water and some gentle soap to just wash off the parts that help you feel refreshed and clean. I have found that baby wipes are wonderful for this mini bath. You could even use a baby wipe warmer so they are nice and toasty! There are 'dry shampoos' that will make due in a pinch. I'm not fond of them but some folks are. There are also those instant warming wash cloths they use in the hospitals and nursing homes that would come in handy too.

Those are my thoughts...what tips do you have to make personal hygiene easier? Maybe a long handle back brush? Or a shampoo and cream rinse in one? Share what you use that helps.

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Post Edited (Chutz) : 2/28/2010 12:47:07 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/28/2010 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
MSers typically have a problem with hot showers and baths.  We are very intolerant of heat, and have a tough time regulating body temp.  I take super fast, luke warm showers.  I don't condition my hair.  I get wet and turn the water off, then wash, then turn the water back on to rinse.  That is the best way to not get overheated.  I have cut my hair short so it is easier and faster.  It also cuts blowdrying/styling time so I don't have to use too much energy (my energy). 
Chutz, I always called those a "sponge" bath.  I do those too on the weekends.  Sometimes I wash my hair in the laundry room sink where I can just wash my hair and not all the rest of me. 
I use easy rinse soaps to keep it qiuck.  Zest is my favorite.  I have heard phisoderm and cetophyl are good too but they are a bit pricey.  I am looking forward to other posts on this topic. 
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   Posted 2/28/2010 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I got one of those seats or benches with the adjustable legs that you can sit in the bath tub or shower. I find standing in the shower difficult, ( my balance is poor at best ) being able to sit and wash up is so much easier for me and allot safer! and especially having a shower with the removable shower head handle makes washing your hair so much easier while sitting down!

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   Posted 2/28/2010 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
OH BOY! I'm going to get laughed at for this! I'm a pretty hairy man, and I have equal the hair on my back as I do my chest. Every once in a while I shave off all of my body hair. Everywhere, except for my head. When I take a shower it makes me feel so much cleaner, and I'm almost dry when I reach for the towel. I know it may seem strange to the most of you, but it makes me feel good.

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   Posted 2/28/2010 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Your right eagle , it sounds weird !!! lol , But hey whatever makes you feel better is whats important As a pretty much hairless Asian guy thats foreign to me .I just got a new hand-held shower and its easier to use combined with the shower seat , so as I said whatever works , Have a great day !
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   Posted 2/28/2010 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Mikel, you are Asian? I would have not guessed it at all. Your English is perfect! :)
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   Posted 2/28/2010 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmmm.....shower tips.

I do have one tha many will probably see as not so pleasant, but I have an impossible task when I try to brush my teeth over the sink. I simply cannot lean to keep the toothpaste off of my body, my clothes, or the countertop. I have now started taking my electric toothbrush (no cord, of course) into the shower with me to brush my teeth. This way, I don't have to bend much and all of the toothpaste goes down the drain with the water. Problem solved.

Another goodie for me is to have a pump dispenser on my shampoo/conditioner and razor holders attached to the tile. Anything that keeps me from having to lean down is a blessing. I've had a towel bar installed about 5 feet high and I keep my shampoo and conditioner on that to cut down on bending. It's the same thing with the soap, which I keep at a higher level with an over the faucet attachment. Nothing is below the knees, so I only have to bend down a time or two to bathe.

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   Posted 2/28/2010 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Screaming Eagle... I AM laughing at you (you know, only in a good-natured way!!)... and only because I can relate... well, not me (thank goodness!); but I'm married to a similarly hairy man (TMI?? I don't know!). We tease the boys that they are all going to end up the same way!!

Retiredmom... Yep, I do the teeth brushing in the shower, too, for pretty much the same reasons!

I have the same heat intolerance as Gretchen. So, I can no longer take baths (which I used to love)... not only because of getting in and out of the tub...but because it raises my body temp too much. I take a very lukewarm shower and go as quick as humanly possible. I love the feeling of freshly clean hair...but only have the strength to wash my hair every other day... mainly because of having to blow-dry it. Takes way too much energy.

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   Posted 2/28/2010 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I am the Queen of the Bathtub - my baths usually last for 1-2 hours, as I simply adore soaking in the hot water. Right now, the only trick I have is grab bars to help me get in and out of the tub, but we did buy a walk-in tub from friends a few months ago, so when we renovate our bathroom (hopefully in a few months), I will have the perfect way to to safely and comfortably sit to enjoy a long soak. It was truly a blessing to get it, as it's brand new and we only paid $100 for it.

For the days where I'm in too much pain to get in/out of the tub, I use baby wipes as well as the kids soap called Kandoo. It mess free and refreshing. I am quite short, so I'll often just do a quick wash of my hair in the bathroom's easy for me to use, not a lot of bending and 3 minutes gives me clean hair and a general feeling of overall refreshing.

Screaming, you are not the first guy I've heard about who does this. My question is, do you find it quite itchy when the hair is growing back? I am so sensitive that when the hair on my legs gets to a certain length if I haven't shaved in a bit, I can "feel" it growing and I have to shave, or it will drive me crazy (or crazier as my hubby likes to say)

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   Posted 2/28/2010 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes I know it is odd, but it makes me feel clean! :) I knew it would get a good laugh! It's OK though! I can take it! I only go through a couple of days of being itchy, then I'm good.

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   Posted 2/28/2010 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I can only stand for a short time, so showering is a challenge....a race against the clock in a way. Also, my energy level is low and my hands and arms hurt and get very very tired when I shampoo my hair. One thing that helps me a lot is to have one of those holders for shampoo and cream rinse that holds the bottles upside down all ready to dispense. That way I don't have to lift a heavy bottle and shake it to get the shampoo out, plus I get done faster.
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   Posted 2/28/2010 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm a bit of a Harry Houdini when it comes to showering. I've had several blocks to overcome because I couldn't get this that or the other thing wet.

I shower with a hand held nozzle and hit the areas that can get wet then soap up and rinse off. When I was younger I had to wash my hair everyday thank goodness I don't have to worry about that everyday now. tongue
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