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Red_34
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   Posted 9/17/2008 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I think I have empty nest syndrome!  I placed my Gma in an assisted living center and my kids are back to school.  I am bored silly during the day and I just DON'T know what to do with myself!  So I thought I would come to y'all and see if you had any ideas.  I LOVE LOVE to do crafts but I am unable.  I have many issues with my hands - carpal tunnel, tendonitis, cysts in the joints and trigger finger.  Of course typing on here doesn't help much either!!! smurf   I already read like there is no tomorrow and I can go thru a 500 page book in 2 days but I'm getting tired of reading and so are my eyes.  tongue   So if you were a stay at home mom with hand issues - what sort of things would you do to keep you occupied?  I'm at a loss because I have always done needlework in the past when I was bored.  I can tell you one thing though, I think I have the cleanest house in my entire city!  smilewinkgrin
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   Posted 9/17/2008 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you like to cook? I do, so for me that's a great hobby. If so, you could always research some colon friendly recipes, & experiment. Or if you garden, it is canning time! Although with your poor hands.... hhm... that's a tough one! I'm trying to think of something you can do w/out using your hands much, & for the life of me, I can't!

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   Posted 9/17/2008 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Sherry, I am an autograph collector, and it is a blast. I try to go to many events to get IN-Person signatures and meeting many celebs. It is a great experience.
When I can't go to events, I talk to many reputable dealers who can get me the many celebs that I will never have access to.
And of course there is that excitement of writing to them and going to your mailbox everyday to see who responded.
This hobby is what keeps me going. Without it I would be lost.
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perach
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   Posted 9/17/2008 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I do pottery and I find it so relaxing and therapeutic.
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   Posted 9/17/2008 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Sudoku and crossword puzzles can be fun. I don't know if you like walking and/or hiking, but that's something I really enjoy to do. I like yoga too. How about movies? You could sign up for Netflix and get a new movie in the mail every few days. Maybe you could volunteer with a local animal shelter (I remember you said you missed having a cat, so this would give you an opportunity to be around them). I know most of them are always looking for extra volunteers to play with the animals or walk the dogs.
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bap06
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   Posted 9/17/2008 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Scrapbooking!  It is my total escape.  I do the traditional format- but that probably wouldn't work with your hands, but you can do everything digitally now, too. 

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   Posted 9/17/2008 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Buy yourself a guitar!!I'm playing 15 years and still learning!I would be lost without my guitar, it helps me through a lot of boring times, sad times, good times,stressful times.

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Red_34
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   Posted 9/17/2008 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Umm gonna have to pass on the guitar Marty - I don't think my fingers would like holding the strings for very long! lol Have you ever seen a grown woman cry because she couldn't straighten her fingers??? Not a pretty sight - that is what trigger finger does. I tried learning how to play when I was younger and couldn't figure it out no way no how! So I will settle to just listening to you play :)

Sara, yep I am already signed up with Netflix. I love it to tell the truth, mainly because I don't accrue late fees which I did with the other video stores. Gotta love it eh? :) I like your idea about the animal shelter though - then I could play with all the kitties! And yes, I already walk around the neighborhood but when winter comes, it might be a bit tough. Michigan winters are brutal!

Eva, I love to bake not cook :) I'm a sweetaholic thru and thru - so maybe I will hunt up some good ole recipes and give that a go.

Thanks everyone for the nice ideas. I may find an end to my BOREDOM!! :0)


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FitzyK23
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   Posted 9/17/2008 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I second the animal shelter idea. If not that, look into babysitting a couple dogs per day. You could make some money and be entertained at the same time. I have been a shelter volunteer in the past and it is great. You tell them what you can do. So if you can't scoop litter b/c of your hands you could just socialize some kitties or walk a well behaved dog.

There are tons of other places to volunteer. You could mentor a child at a group home or jail. You could help cook meals at your local soup kitchen. You could play games with some seniors at the community center. Or provide in home day care for a senior that doesn't like to be alone. You could visit people in the hospital. I was a candy striper and loved bringing people their mail and flowers, talking to a lonely patient, or wheeling someone down for an x-ray. There is tons that you can do!!
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 9/17/2008 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
OH and with the elections coming up there are tons of organizations looking for help. I worked once calling people to see if they were registered to vote, if not if they needed help registering, if they had questions about the issue (it was a referandum for more money for a school) that sort of thing. You could do mailings from your home.

There are also hotlines for frustrated parents, pregnant teenagers, the suicidal, etc. Most run out of a call center but I heard some have a forwarding system instead. So they call the hotline number and if it is your turn it rings through to your house. They would give you a special line for it and no one would find out your home number or anything.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


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   Posted 9/17/2008 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
You can also study with self-paced correspondence courses. I'll give you some URLs if you like. (Pop over to the Crohn's forum to find me; I don't come to the UC forum very often)
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   Posted 9/17/2008 11:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I ride my motorcycle, but I will let you come clean my house ( LOL )
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Red_34
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   Posted 9/18/2008 4:59 AM (GMT -6)   
umm gonna have to pass on that one too Rona! LOL I'm tired of cleaing :0)

Very good ideas Fitzy! I've also been tossing around the idea of volunteering at a hospital. But then I got to thinking that I am not very patient with people sometimes so not sure this would be right for me.

Ohhh Ivy, you just gave me wonderful idea! I can take some sort of course at the local community college. I have been tossing around the idea of finding a cooking class and going with my MIL. I hate to cook but I imagine if I can find something more challenging that I may like it as long as I had some instruction.
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   Posted 9/18/2008 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
You could always volunteer for CCFA! :) On their website, they say that they always need someone to help out w/ administrative tasks and other things.
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   Posted 9/18/2008 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
If I had time I would use my ellipitical machine and exercise more to get stronger and more fit. Take a daily exercise class, one that doesn't expect you to put weight on your hands (like yoga, I can't do it either, weak wrist).
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   Posted 9/18/2008 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Sherry...do something for YOU/YOURSELF such as the cooking class and not volunteering for an organisagion where more demands will be put on you...which in turn means more responsibility.

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   Posted 9/18/2008 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you like to play card games and board games? You could start a group where women in your area can get together in the afternoon and play cards or other games. Maybe start with once a month. Rotate people's houses or look for a coffee shop that wouldn't mind you meeting there. Post it on Craig's List and other websites and perhaps in nearby stores.
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   Posted 9/18/2008 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
qunicy - sometimes what people are really missing IS that sense of responsibility that comes with being with an organization. I was unemployed for a couple months after college and HATED it. Doing fun stuff just wasn't enough to make me feel worthwhile. That's how I started volunteering with animals.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


quincy
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   Posted 9/18/2008 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
That very well may be. I'm offering a perspective where I know that some volunteers are encouraged to do, do, do....it's hard for some people to say NO. On the other hand, some people need to feel needed or they cannot function. A dysfunctional reason to do things is a way of avoiding dealing with oneself. I'm not saying don't volunteer. I do hair for free sometimes...too may times...it's something I can offer someone, but volunteering isn't something that I need to make me feel worthwhile.

Regardin Sherry's original enquiry, from my perspective, (and this isn't behind her back because she'll be reading) needs to do something for herself that doesn't require commitment or obligation to another person.
I only base that on what I observe.

It's awesome you're working with animals...there is always a need.

quincy
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~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
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~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 

Post Edited (quincy) : 9/20/2008 12:50:27 AM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 9/19/2008 1:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Just an idea, but if you love crafts could you volunteer as a craft assistant with a school / Scout troop / nursing home / recreation centre?

You could supply the ideas and guidance and have the benefit of being around people with similar interests, but might be able to save your hands from actually having to do the craft yourself.

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   Posted 9/19/2008 6:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Peety, I bought a Yoga video last year and tried some of their beginning poses. You're right, not only it hard on the hands and wrists but my poor back as well! I didn't know at the time that something was wrong and I found out the hard way that bending in those positions is not good for bulging and herniated discs! But I have been upping my exercise by walking more, doing floor exercises and trying the ellipitical - which I can barely make it to 1 minute! lol But it's a start and I have been feeling overall better already.

Q, no need to worry. I have absolutely no problem saying no because I know my limitations. I find joy in helping others - just as long as it suits my own personal schedule! That may sound a bit selfish but I have found that I need to look out for me because of my health status. So I give when I can and only if I feel up to it.

Ivy, I used to be a Girl Scout leader and I absolutely LOVED it. But it was a bit demanding so I had to quit. Now that my daughter is in junior high, I'm a bit out of the loop with the troops but I still know the ladies who run them. I may give them a call and see if they need a hand with things. They have a lot of activities that normally they use the girls within the troop, even the older ones to help the younger. But every now and then they need adult chaperones. I tell you though, I did the leader thing for 4 years and it was the most rewarding experience that I have ever had (well besides having my children that is!). I have so many fond memories with the girls and it is even more rewarding seeing those girls to this day (growing up) and they remember me and all the good times we had.
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   Posted 9/19/2008 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I recommend getting a Nintendo Wii and buying Dance Dance Revolution. It is so much fun and you get a great workout while playing! When I mention it at work, people always say 'I thought that was for kids'. But hey, I guess I'm just a big kid then at 33. I've never heard anyone who has played it say they didn't like it. You use your feet mostly and just use your hands a bit - to hold the controllers and give them a shake every once in a while.  We have 2 dance mats and my husband plays with me. It's so much fun!!
 
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   Posted 9/19/2008 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
My daughter has DDR for the PS2 (or maybe it's the Xbox - can't remember) and it's a hoot! I am so clumsy with it that all I ever manage is to get is E's lol And yes my daughter just shakes her head at me and then does it while getting A's. My MIL has a Wii and I tried playing it but it's a bit tough on the hands and wrist. I do spend time playing computer games that are solely mouse driven and it's fun but when I play I feel like I'm slacking or something. My mind (and body) is always thinking it has to do other things so I can't keep my mind on it. I used to be a heavy gamer with the PS2 and my all time fave series was the Resident Evil but after I started playing this one (RE:Nemisis) that would send my heart racing it also sent me to the bathroom! lol
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madabs
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   Posted 9/19/2008 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
How about writing your memoirs.  Or writing stories about your relatives and anscestors to pass on to future generation.  Or ghost writing a memoir for your gma. 

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   Posted 9/19/2008 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   

Sherry, I also feel like I'm slacking and that I should be doing something more productive when I play most video games. With DDR I don't feel like that because I'm getting a good workout at the same time.

Tara

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