"Hard work never killed anyone," or "I have to give up knitting."

by compound complex 37 Replies latest social humour

  • GrreatTeacher

    Well, yes, Coco, the metaphorical is derived from the literal!

    My dad had them as well when he was a child, but true to the name, his went away as an adult.

    The doctors haven't dismissed me, but the only treatment available is NSAID pain relievers. Ibuprofen usually works well, but, of course, it isn't preventive, and I continue to have further episodes.

    Ibuprofen was a prescription drug when I was a child. Thank god it's been over-the-counter for years now. It truly does help me get through daily life.

    Oh, and if you (or Snowbird) have any advice on scrubbing tubs, I would love to hear it. We put in a new oversized tub that holds more water, but also more soap-scum, and the scrubbing is getting tedious. Surely there's a professional hack? Oven cleaner? Sponges strapped to the feet? A maid? It gets dirty quicker than the old one, too. Maybe because it's acrylic rather than fiberglass?

    I'm putting way too much mental effort into this!

    Maybe I should just close the shower curtain!

    Happy Saturday!

  • snowbird

    One good tub scrub down with CLR - the kind that comes in the little gray jug, NOT the yellow spray bottle - should last for a good while.

    Be sure the bathroom is well-ventilated!

    Mine looks so clean that I could sleep in it.



  • GrreatTeacher

    I've never heard of CLR, either the yellow spray bottle or the little gray jug variety.

    It does not appear on the local grocery store shelves. Where does one find some? I'm willing to try anything!

    Oh, and about your tub being so clean you could sleep in it: just because you can...


  • snowbird

    Are you in the USA, Grreat Teacher?

    CLR is calcium, lime, rust remover.

    I told my granddaughter in Japan about it, because she has the same problem.with her tub.


  • Still Totally ADD
    Still Totally ADD

    I have always worked hard. I was in masonry construction since 1972. In the late 90's I got into house remoulding. It was easier work and I really enjoyed it. For the last few years I have been working as a wheelchair escort for the local bus service. March first this year I slipped and fell and hurt my back. I am now looking at back surgery. I will soon be 63 this June and I can tell you hard work won't kill you but it can really hurt you. LOL. Still Totally ADD

  • compound complex
    compound complex

    I had periodic asthmatic attacks when cleaning clients' bathrooms. I was initially diagnosed with COPD. Yes, good ventilation is a must. In the US, we have a product called Shower Power -- effective, but oh so potent. Don't want to breathe it.

    I'm happy to hear you're managing the pain, GT, but it would be so much better if these aches and pains our elders complained about when we were younger had not been visited upon us!

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  • GrreatTeacher

    Yes, I'm in the US. I've looked online and it appears that I can get CLR at home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowe's. Funny they don't sell it at the grocery store where I buy all the other cleaners in my life. I might pick some up when I go to get some annuals to plant next weekend.

    As far as Shower Power is concerned, it must be good stuff because it's currently out of stock! I'll keep my eye on this site for when it comes back in stock.

    I'll open up the window, turn on the ventilation fan, and don a hazmat suit. It will be epic, if only because of the "my crazy mom" pictures my son will post on the internet!

  • Xanthippe

    @ Greatteacher

    (From the NHS website)

    Vitamin B6 is found in a wide variety of foods, including:

    • pork
    • poultry – such as chicken or turkey
    • fish
    • bread
    • wholegrain cereals – such as oatmeal, wheatgerm and brown rice
    • eggs
    • vegetables
    • soya beans
    • peanuts
    • milk
    • potatoes
    • some fortified breakfast cereals

    Don't take more than 10mg of vitamin B6 a day in supplements unless advised to by a doctor.

  • Pete Zahut
    Pete Zahut

    Hard work never killed anyone but nobody's ever died from taking it easy either.

    I didn't have time to read any of the previous posts but here's what I know.

    #1 Get medical advice and possibly physical therapy

    • Inflammation is not our friend.
    • White blood cells attack inflammation and inflamed joints can become permanently damaged by this.
    • Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin relieve pain and reduce inflammation
    • Ice reduces inflammation.
    • A combination of ice, and anti inflammatories (used as directed) is very effective in reducing the pain, inflammation and the healing time.
    • Not using the painful joint can sometimes make it worse.
    • Don't stop using the inflamed sore joint but use it moderately but only after doing very light stretches (as directed)
    • Always do stretches and warm ups even if you're not currently having any joint problems and ice joints when they've been stressed even if they don't currently hurt.
  • Still Totally ADD
    Still Totally ADD

    Xanthippe you might know this. Omega 6 which is found in great quantities in most of all are process foods and even commercially raised meat and fish causes obesity and inflammation. It is omega 3 we need more than omega 6. Both needed but omega 3 is the good one. Still Totally ADD

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