Woman felled by old foe, kitty poo

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   Posted 7/6/2010 9:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, I'm going to feel sorry for myself.  I was doing ok tonight until I cleaned the 2 litter boxes in the basement (one day's worth.  This is something I do twice a day, every day.)  I thought the little paper bag of stuff might be a tad heavy to carry upstairs, but I told myself, "Nah, don't be a wimp!  You don't want to get even more helpless!"  So now my neck, shoulders, and sacroiliac are throbbing with pain.  I keep thinking if I push the envelope a little, I'll make progress.  But I should know better by now.   shakehead    It hasn't changed in years.  Is anyone else this restricted on and on, ad infinitum??
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   Posted 7/7/2010 4:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry you are feeling so crummy after the "clean-up." Makes me glad I don't have a cat.

And yes, there are things I just have to stay away from doing. My husband scrubs the kitchen and bathroom floors and vacuums the carpets. I can go into a 3 day flare by just thinking about doing these things. Sometimes, what most folks would think of as a little thing, is a very big thing for us. It's hard to know when a flare will happen, and we can't always predict what activities will cause one. We just need to live our lives as best we can.
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   Posted 7/7/2010 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Achey, I think it has something to do with going uo steps with weight, groceries about kill me but I can load and unload 3 - 5 hundred lbs of feed from my van.  But it is at the right height, I use both arms and hug the bag and then drop in the barn.
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   Posted 7/7/2010 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh Achey....yes...I am that restricted as well and it sucks...there's just no other way to describe it. It's always the stupidest stuff that sets off a flare for me. I'm quite short so sometimes, putting dishes away can be a bit challenging. I was putting away a few things yesterday including a wine glass that goes on the top shelf. If I stand on tippy toes, I can j u u u u u s t reach the top shelf. I reached up to put the glass in there, and could feel an almost "ripping" sensation in my pelvic and hip areas.....AAARRRGGGHHHHH!

I KNOW I can't reach that high without pain...I know it every time I go to put something away that is over my head (which mean practically every single cupboard). And what do I do? I try to do it anyways. I mean, seriously....why would I think I'm growing taller at age 48 when it's never happened before???

I hope you haven't done anything "permanent" to yourself Achey...and I hope you're smarter than I am, and don't make the same mistake twice. More than anything, I really sympathize for you....for I think I understand your frustration with all of this. Remember, you've got a friend! :-)


ps: we have one cat - Dorie - that has lived with us since she was 7 weeks old. We've toilet trained her, to avoid the whole litter box issue. She doesn't flush (we do that for her) but she goes in there, jumps up on the toilet and does her business, and it's made life so much easier without having to deal with a litter box. If your cat isn't too old, you might want to look into it Google it for more information and "how to" stuff.
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   Posted 7/7/2010 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   

That is so amazing, I wish that I could teach my dogs to do that. And flush. lol... I can't believe that your cat uses the toilet. But I have heard of that before. So cool

Have a great day all.

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   Posted 7/7/2010 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Achey - ouch! That really sucks. Do you have a lot of cats? You said you carry the cat poo upstairs - can you put the litter box upstairs so you do not have to carry it up there?

That is so cool about the cat using the toilet! I saw that on a movie once, but thought it was a big joke. That is way cool.

Achey, sometimes I am restricted, and sometimes not as much. I have no idea why - but my pain doc said that we have flare ups for two reasons: 1. we did something dumb and 2. we did not do anything dumb.

Hope you feel better soon.

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   Posted 7/7/2010 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh how well I know about restrestion!!! I had them before I had surgery on belly button herina,and with the pain, but now it has poped out again and there is even more I can't do with out alot of pain. I am soooo furstrated and angery. I sit and cry. My bf has steel rods in his back and he has limts and before we would share the lifting ect, now he is having to do it all and it is upsetting me so bad. Tommor I go see the dr and find out what he is going to do.

I am trying to get all the dr's to get together and get all straight on what is going on. I have never been so limted as I am now. I have delt with cp for over 27 years and alwasy been able to get dr's to work with me on the meds and me work on the pain and how to do things. Now it is so out of control thanks to my EX pm I am not dealing with it. I have gotten so "Blankey" I can't stand my self!!!! Sorry for complaining so much. I am so glad to find this place I am not alone. THANK YOU!!!!

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   Posted 7/7/2010 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Achey, hope you are feeling better! Cleaning litter boxes is not my fav job either,
so I gave that job to hubby. I do know what you mean about what used to be routine
tasks throwing a body into a tizzy. Fibro can keep you guessing, that is for sure:)
Feel better my friend!

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   Posted 7/7/2010 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
You might try putting bags of 'used' kitty litter in a diaper pail, the kind that has a way of sealing up the 'item' and the odor. The Diaper Genie is good but way expensive, like about $130. But you might consider a cheaper container of some sort with a lid. A 5 gallon bucket with a lid, the kind that Costco-size laundry soap comes in. I put kitty litter in old plastic grocery bags, tie it up well and out they go. I have, on occasion, put them in the indoor trash and it wasn't a problem but never left them for more than over night.

And once this container is full have someone ELSE haul it out for you. ;-) Always thinking! We must be on our toes and one step ahead of the things that cause more pain.

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   Posted 7/7/2010 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the great answers, everybody!  Once again, you've all made me feel better.  :-)
Denise, I think you're right about going up steps.  It's very strange, isn't it??  Sometimes even carrying a set of sheets upstairs will set me off.  Holding weight close to the middle of my body and then dropping it usually works for me, too.  Pam, I'm definitely NOT smarter than you, I've done this SO many times (definition of insanity - doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result!)  What does that say about us??  I can't put dishes away on the high shelves, either; at least, not without paying for it.  Sue, what your pain doc said is a hoot!  And so true!!  Our cat situation is complicated - we have 1 who lives up with us and 2 who live "down below" due to behavior problems/dog conflicts.  My husband wouldn't even have them if it was up to him, Robin, so it's just me cleaning up after them.  I have to just remember to keep the bag weight under that of a leaf.
   Fibromyalgia, possible Meniere's, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting on back, arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraine headaches, tachycardia, skin cancer surgeries on face
    Nortriptyline, Clonazepam, Darvocet as needed
    Multivitamins, l-lysine, probiotics, magnesium, malic acid, calcium + vit. D, vit. C
    Chiropractic adjustments
This too shall pass....

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   Posted 7/7/2010 4:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Chutz, I used to do the bigger container thing, but it was just one more thing I had to ask someone else to do....my husband's the only other one left around here and he reaches his limit pretty fast! (I can do this, I just have to be more careful about the weight.)
   Fibromyalgia, possible Meniere's, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting on back, arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraine headaches, tachycardia, skin cancer surgeries on face
    Nortriptyline, Clonazepam, Darvocet as needed
    Multivitamins, l-lysine, probiotics, magnesium, malic acid, calcium + vit. D, vit. C
    Chiropractic adjustments
This too shall pass....

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   Posted 7/10/2010 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   

Achey, we finally had to give up having cats because of this problem.  We had to restrict them to the basement because of behavior problems, and it became too difficult for me to navigate the basement steps on certain days to change the boxes.  The rest of the family wanted to keep them, but wanted no part in maintaining the boxes, so I decided that they must go.  Have you ever used the clumpable type of litter where you just scoop out the poo and the clumps, and you supposedly don't have to change the litter as often?  We tried it, but it seemed as if the litter would get wet and have to be changed after just a couple of days.  Our basement is extremely damp, though, and this probably contributed to the problem. I just thought that  it would be much easier for you if you didn't have to trek up and down the steps a couple of times a day. 

Ms Bunky, I know what you mean about having to reach upward!  It is my worst enemy.  It seems as if everything in kitchens is geared toward people who are at least 5'7".  I'm constantly yelling for my family members to come in to get items from higher shelves in the cabinets.  However, they are not always available.  I don't like to wait until someone gets home to help put dishes away on the higher shelves, and I always end up paying for it later.  I have decided that I am going to rearrange my kitchen cabinets, and put items that I use frequently in the lower cabinets, and those that are rarely used in the higher ones.  However, I haven't gotten around to it yet. 

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   Posted 7/10/2010 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
What a good topic. Lifting stuff doesn't get me anymore. However, weird things will get me. Like when I used the electric knife for a long while and my hand refused to uncurl from gripping the handle. Or, when I reached off the edge of my bed for the lamp last night and I got sort of a stitch in my ribs that wouldn't let me breathe without pain. I know twisting and reaching awkwardly does that to me - yet I always try to see if I can get away with it. Ugh! So don't feel bad. You're not alone at all. Hope you feel better soon. (Actually, hope everyone feels better soon!)
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