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Old 04-28-2013, 12:54 PM   #4751
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Yes, I have Tylenol or Narcotics for what I am able to take...I've basically decided I would rather hurt than put up with some of the side effects of narcotics. I can take 2 Lortab (Vicodin) and be awake all night...they make me hyper.
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:08 PM   #4752
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My mum has really painful arthritis in her hands/fingers and she has tried taking tablets but they really upset her stomach, so sadly she has to just put up with the pain, it hurts me to know that
I belonged to a Welcome Wagon that had all kinds of smaller groups for members to get together. I'd go to regular "Stitch and Bitch" sessions - most times we did more talking and eating than stitching, but it was great fun! One of the women had bad arthritis in her hands and found something simple and medication-free that worked. She'd fill the bathroom sink with as hot of water as she could take and immerse her hands in there until the water cooled. Most times just one "bath" and her hands were good for hours. If your Mom's skin dries out easily she might want to do this with rubber gloves. I hope it helps her.
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:19 PM   #4753
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I bought my cat Iams senior cat food, since he's old and I was feeling nice. Apparently this food has made him extra barfy......

He's taken to barfing on the carpet in the basement. I can highly recommend Woolite pet stain spray. Sprayed that on the barfy stain, ran the carpet cleaner over it and it was like it was never there.

I guess that it is back to the 9 lives plus care urinary tract formula. Upside, it's a lot cheaper and he likes it.
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:27 PM   #4754
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I belonged to a Welcome Wagon that had all kinds of smaller groups for members to get together. I'd go to regular "Stitch and Bitch" sessions - most times we did more talking and eating than stitching, but it was great fun! One of the women had bad arthritis in her hands and found something simple and medication-free that worked. She'd fill the bathroom sink with as hot of water as she could take and immerse her hands in there until the water cooled. Most times just one "bath" and her hands were good for hours. If your Mom's skin dries out easily she might want to do this with rubber gloves. I hope it helps her.
I like a paraffin bath for feet and hands, the temp is just right, reusable and it does not dry out your skin. The therapists at work use this for our folks whose hands really hurt. Good for elbows, too.
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:54 PM   #4755
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I had just had surgery on my bad leg. I should have been in a wheelchair. I told the surgeon that all I wanted was to be able to dance just five steps at my son's wedding. Well I danced with the DJ, my son, my SIL, all the Albanian men and women, and anyone else who would dance with me. I danced the night away. Two weeks earlier there was talk of amputating the leg. The next day I couldn't even move my legs to get to the bathroom. Needless to say when I went for my next visit to the surgeon's office I told her what I have done. "Just five steps?" That was all she said about it.

Well that's me. Always pushing myself beyond what I should be doing. Since I can't kick myself, would someone do it for me? Please?
I've done something a little similar. I has to have a hysterectomy one summer. My work was having a mandatory meeting a week later, to the day. My doc tol me I could go only if I got someone else to drive and I came right home afterwards. It's about an hours drive to where I work and it was 110 in the shade - the middle of summer when I had it done. My mom drove me up there, so that was OK. She decided she wanted to stop and see my sister who lives in the same town and we had to go up stairs. Luckily there was a ramp that I could go down. By the time we were done I was hurting really bad and ended up having to take a pain pill on my way home. I got home and went right to bed. For the next week I could barely move.
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:36 PM   #4756
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I like a paraffin bath for feet and hands, the temp is just right, reusable and it does not dry out your skin. The therapists at work use this for our folks whose hands really hurt. Good for elbows, too.
Quite a few years ago I was introduced to paraffin baths. I have Osteoarthritis in my thumbs. It's amazing how much pain that can take away. True enough that it's temporary, but it's so worth it.
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I've been on the phone with my credit union's tech support trying to sort out why I cannot use online banking. Everyone has a different idea. No one has a solution. It has to do with the latest version of Java.

Finally had it bumped up to the really smart guy who will look into it and call me back Monday or Tuesday.

Meanwhile, SO's iPad gets me where have to go.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:32 PM   #4758
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I've been on the phone with my credit union's tech support trying to sort out why I cannot use online banking. Everyone has a different idea. No one has a solution. It has to do with the latest version of Java.

Finally had it bumped up to the really smart guy who will look into it and call me back Monday or Tuesday.

Meanwhile, SO's iPad gets me where have to go.

I still use inline banking and it can be just as frustrating!
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:19 PM   #4759
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I belonged to a Welcome Wagon that had all kinds of smaller groups for members to get together. I'd go to regular "Stitch and Bitch" sessions - most times we did more talking and eating than stitching, but it was great fun! One of the women had bad arthritis in her hands and found something simple and medication-free that worked. She'd fill the bathroom sink with as hot of water as she could take and immerse her hands in there until the water cooled. Most times just one "bath" and her hands were good for hours. If your Mom's skin dries out easily she might want to do this with rubber gloves. I hope it helps her.
Thank you CG, I will pass that onto mum
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:20 PM   #4760
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I like a paraffin bath for feet and hands, the temp is just right, reusable and it does not dry out your skin. The therapists at work use this for our folks whose hands really hurt. Good for elbows, too.
Cheers Fi, will look into this too for my mum
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