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    • pollyanna 26
    • By pollyanna 26 11th Sep 16, 9:56 PM
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    OS ways and Poor Health
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    • 11th Sep 16, 9:56 PM
    OS ways and Poor Health 11th Sep 16 at 9:56 PM
    Earlier today I joined a very good new thread on getting back to old style ways . I managed to take it in another direction by mentioning how ill health can impact on doing everything the old style way . As this was off topic to the original post . I will be posting on the original topic but without going off in another direction
    This seems to happen a lot of the time across the threads as many old stylers do have to cope with this problem .
    Many moons ago PREPARE AT HOME began a lengthy thread on being os with health problems and there have been a couple of other threads over the years .
    I am wondering if the time is right for another thread on the subject with the proviso it is not offering advice on medical subjects as that is for the professionals . We all do many things day to day to minimise fatigue and pain and though they are little things we have developed them to cope and others may not be aware of how helpful the little changes can be .
    I would be interested to see if others would like to join such a thread . I am not very techie as you will gather from my rambling post and have never started a thread before - I hope this posts !
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    • Prinzessilein
    • By Prinzessilein 4th Jul 17, 6:30 PM
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    Hi Polly...hope you are feeling better!....Gentle virtual hugs for Caronc too!

    My Water-Boiler is from Lakeland ( one of my favourite stores!)...they no longer make the exact design I have...but this is very similar...

    http://www.lakeland.co.uk/70560/Lakeland-Coffee-On-The-Move-One-Touch-Filter-Coffee-Machine

    Although marketed as a coffee maker (as mine was!) the description says you can make a travel mug of your drink of choice. (You remove the coffee filter and it simple boils the water and dispenses it into the mug....you just put your tea bag or soup mix ...or hot choc powder et.c into the mug and let the water pour into the cup.)

    You can set the thing up next to you on a table, and keep a bottle of water handy...when you want a drink, pour cold water into the little tank...close the lid, pop the mug onto its stand....press one button and in a minute or so you have a drink in your travel mug....no lifting a kettle of hot water!

    I do love mine....but have to admit this shiny one with the travelmug looks very nice...do I need to upgrade??????????
    • Tink_04
    • By Tink_04 4th Jul 17, 6:41 PM
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    Caronc I have meniers disease too and it's awful - was DX 2010 with it and sometimes it's fine for years and other times it's awful all the time - I have MS too to lots of balance issues! I have a stick I use to steady myself when things are bad.

    Today I've done quite a lot! No washing as it's hoying it down here! Took a chilli out of the freezer for me and DH - made jelly for the kids tomorrow in some new pretty glass dishes I picked up cheap and I made some yogurt and granola pots for mine and DH breakfast tomorrow (he takes his to work) I also have been using up the chicken left over from Sunday so have mixed it wait bacon and some mayo for DH sandwiches tomorrow. It doesn't seem like loads but it's a good house day using what I have in and not wasting stuff.

    Hope everyone is well - oh almost forgot my one thing today was to sort out DD'a forms for her summer activities with the YC group she attends ✅ done and crossed off - might tackle something bigger tomorrow if I feel up to it!
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 4th Jul 17, 7:28 PM
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    Caronc I have meniers disease too and it's awful - was DX 2010 with it and sometimes it's fine for years and other times it's awful all the time - I have MS too to lots of balance issues! I have a stick I use to steady myself when things are bad.

    Today I've done quite a lot! No washing as it's hoying it down here! Took a chilli out of the freezer for me and DH - made jelly for the kids tomorrow in some new pretty glass dishes I picked up cheap and I made some yogurt and granola pots for mine and DH breakfast tomorrow (he takes his to work) I also have been using up the chicken left over from Sunday so have mixed it wait bacon and some mayo for DH sandwiches tomorrow. It doesn't seem like loads but it's a good house day using what I have in and not wasting stuff.

    Hope everyone is well - oh almost forgot my one thing today was to sort out DD'a forms for her summer activities with the YC group she attends ✅ done and crossed off - might tackle something bigger tomorrow if I feel up to it!
    Originally posted by Tink_04
    You have my sympathies mine is steadfastly refusing to go into any kind of remission since last year (was eventually DX Mar 2016)- you kind of take your balance for granted until it doesn't play..... I'm stuck with a rollator at the moment as I just fall with a stick but fingers crossed. My original consultant told me that he believes that MD, MS etc. have common origin, many overlaps and frustrating for medics to try and resolve. I too try to do at least a few things each day - I try and concentrate on what I have managed rather than haven't which I find hugely helpful
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    • pollyanna 26
    • By pollyanna 26 5th Jul 17, 10:43 AM
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    Good morning . I caught up on a lot of emails yesterday and the hands didn't like it ! One frog too many methinks .
    We have the sun today so I hope it's the same for you too . It lifts the mood so much provided it doesn't result in the dreaded humidity .

    Prinzess thank you for the link . I have shopped at Lakeland for decades and myself and the offspring own identical items .
    I'm pleased to see that isn't too expensive , I imagined it would cost more . I just need to work out when to order . Our nearest store is over 20 miles away and it's a few years since we've managed the trip there so it will need to be an online order .
    As they use Hermes as the courier I'm going to have to give it some thought . Our original courier was wonderful but she gave up a few years ago . Her replacement is a nightmare and I've spent hours over the last few years talking to JL , Lakeland and other companies trying to track down orders she was meant to deliver .
    If it wasn't the LLand brand I'd source it elsewhere .
    I can't on a moneysaving site encourage your need for something shiny unless as a back up if your present one fails or if your mum would benefit from your present one .

    Caronc and Tink at least as you share a condition you will be able to discuss things here .

    Wishing you all a good day . I need to pick two frogs to tackle , nothing too heavy as I'm out tomorrow and Friday and they will be long days .

    polly
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 5th Jul 17, 12:40 PM
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    Lovely warm and sunny morning here, 3rd load of washing waiting to be put out an empty laundry bin until the morning at least.

    Off on Friday for 5 nights away in the caravan, Brecon direction this time. I should be looking forward to it, think that some of you lovely people may understand, but I do love my home and garden and it pains me that so much has gone to pot and I so want to use the small amounts of energy that I have to a) making some progress here and b) just enjoying being here.

    Being away, even if I do not physically do much really does leave me feeling whacked and good for nothing for a while when back home. So far we did 3 weeks touring in beautiful north-east and Scottish borders in May and nearly a week in Warks in June.

    I don't feel that I can refuse to go, this is a partnership after all and OH is so good and helpful, also I am mindful that my health issues have really made a complete and utter mess of all of our retirement plans. Hey ho, I guess that it is what it is and I really need to let go and live in the now, however a girl (even an old girl) has to have hope for better things

    Take care and don't aim for too many frogs, there is always tomorrow (hopefully).
    • pollyanna 26
    • By pollyanna 26 5th Jul 17, 1:48 PM
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    Will be back later have discovered LW is ok just taking a breather .
    polly
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 5th Jul 17, 2:15 PM
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    Great news thanks.
    • pollyanna 26
    • By pollyanna 26 5th Jul 17, 8:45 PM
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    Maddymay I understand exactly what you mean about the holidays and trips .
    I posted earlier in the thread on the same subject . Unlike yourself I do not have a husband or partner to consider now but I did meet with some flak from family when I tried to explain I wasn't always able to do the things I used to do .
    Much of it involved very long journeys and a week or so of up at the crack of dawn to go places and do things .
    It took a lot of time and I'm not convinced anyone really understood what I was saying but I had to put my foot down because the whole arguing back and forth was having a negative effect on my physical and mental health .
    I'd reached a point when any positives of a change of scene visiting lovely parts of the uk were wiped out by the utter crash and burn of the outcome .
    When I felt no-one was understanding what I was trying to point out I printed off a post from a fibro sufferer - not the worst health condition I have but one that can make you hit the floor if it flares badly . A lot of information in that post crossed over with things common to other aspects of my health in a brutal truth fashion .
    I still feel they didn't understand because if you don't have these conditions you don't see how limitations have to be dealt with to keep functioning .

    I hope you do get some enjoyment from this break but maybe afterwards it could be an idea to try to talk to your husband openly and with care . You are partners in life and you shouldn't feel you are holding him back . He may not even think like that himself .

    I do understand you'd like to be in the garden . As a lifelong gardener mine breaks my heart at the moment but I'm hopeful that when autumn comes and things die back a little if all the things in real life that we're working our way through this year as last calm down I will be out there again doing bite size bits to start getting control again .

    Caronc I hope you've had a decent day and a bit of the sun .

    Confession time sorry Maddiemay I failed to follow your advice and ate a few too many frogs so the rest have been thrown back in their pond for a day when I have a bit more sense . Hopefully one day that will happen I got carried away and know I will regret it tomorrow .
    I have everything ready for tomorrow and Friday so I aim for once for an early night . It's pretty humid here so fingers crossed for sleep .
    Wishing all a restful night , see you tomorrow evening .
    polly
    • caronc
    • By caronc 5th Jul 17, 8:58 PM
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    Evening all,

    I've been a bit "wabbit" today used too many spoons/frogs in the past few days. Still the rain did eventually stop and I had a wee potter in the garden.

    Completely get re going away - not on my agenda at the moment but even before all this I used to fret about kids/dogs/plants (not always in that order LOL).

    After some overnight rain the forecast is ok from tomorrow afternoon onwards so I really need to use some more spoons/frogs and get the last of the planting done before I start the new meds. That way I can just sit back and apart from dead heading and watering enjoy my garden

    Good to know LW is ok - I had lovely poochy hugs when my friends popped by earlier with their gorgeous 5 month old Labradoodle
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    • Tink_04
    • By Tink_04 7th Jul 17, 7:27 PM
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    Evening - I've had a busy day but was appointments yesterday and today that wiped me out!

    I find holidays and outings hard too but I have 2 young children so it's always going to be hard, last year we took my parents away with us and it helped take some of the stress off.

    Managed to get the house semi decent today, gave the kids a small basket each to run around and collect up as many of their toys up as they could and the winner would be the one with the most toys! Got a tidy living room and only cost me a chocolate biscuit each for them as a prize! Now all sat with pjs on having a bit time watching cartoons together before bed!
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 7th Jul 17, 7:58 PM
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    Today has been a bit of a "non-day"- balance decided that it was going to behave as though I'd just stepped off a fairground ride and the weather was rubbish...... Too many spoons/frogs used up in the past few weeks I think!
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    • Tink_04
    • By Tink_04 11th Jul 17, 7:20 PM
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    Hope your feeling a bit better caronc!

    I've got sausage casserole in the SC for tea and had quite a good day, washing done, beds changed too! Take it while I can.

    I'm glad tea is already prepped and there will only be one pot to wash too as think I'll have an early night with my book.

    Hope everyone is doing ok x
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    • pollyanna 26
    • By pollyanna 26 17th Jul 17, 7:27 PM
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    Hello all . Sorry for the long break since posting last . Real life has been rather challenging over the last few weeks .

    Looking briefly over a few os threads , with a few exceptions we seem to have had a lot of the sun and humidity others are missing so sleep has been almost impossible and brain fog is only slowly clearing a little .

    Caronc I hope you are a bit less wobbly now and have managed to air the wheels and get some time in the garden too .
    May need your permission to use it but " a wee bit wabbit " was made for my dd and I , our doctor would love it , I often think he's secretly writing a book on appointments with us as they usually involve utterly hilarious conversations involving anything from Terry Pratchett to Bruce Springsteen and everything in between .
    I know it's a scottish expression but my heart is and always will be in the highlands , so maybe I can adopt it .

    Hope all is well with you and yours Tink also maddiemay and Prinzess - have you been back to the craft shop since opening day ?

    Warm wishes to those who read .

    LW If you see this sending the get better vibes to your husband and the physical and mental strength to you . Quick look at the threads shows it's doggy house guest time . Enjoy every minute and take care .

    WCS I'm not sure if you will even see this but you have been so quiet for so long across os I wanted to send virtual non painful hugs over the border . I hope you and the boys are ok . I'm still fighting the good fight for some empathy and social justice to return to the uk . The moving forward twice of retirement age is way up at the top of the list of wrong calls . Take care xxx

    Now I've sort of dipped a toe in the thread again I'm off to eat something . It's been a long hot day again here so if anyone is looking for hot and sunny I will happily sent it in bucketfuls from a normally wet and windy part of nw england where we can't function when the big yellow ball stays longer than a few hours !

    Take care
    polly
    • caronc
    • By caronc 17th Jul 17, 7:47 PM
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    Hello all . Sorry for the long break since posting last . Real life has been rather challenging over the last few weeks .

    Caronc I hope you are a bit less wobbly now and have managed to air the wheels and get some time in the garden too .
    May need your permission to use it but " a wee bit wabbit " was made for my dd and I , our doctor would love it , I often think he's secretly writing a book on appointments with us as they usually involve utterly hilarious conversations involving anything from Terry Pratchett to Bruce Springsteen and everything in between .
    I know it's a scottish expression but my heart is and always will be in the highlands , so maybe I can adopt it .
    Originally posted by pollyanna 26
    Good to see you posting again polly - I hope life becomes a little less challenging overcoming weeks

    Feel free to use "wabbit" it just sums up feeling below par so nicely and I can't lay claim to it . Your Dr may also like "gubbed" (totally kaput)- it was how the balance specialist described my balance (or lack of it) to his students......

    I'm trying to adjust to the new meds - I'm finding the side effects hard going but they did say it would be at least month for my body to adjust and I'm only on day 8 so can't really complain. As always I'm doing what I can when I can and just trying to make the most of things. Life is just too short to moulder
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    • By pollyanna 26 21st Jul 17, 3:37 PM
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    This has to be some sort of record for me . Only four days since I last posted . I am having a seldom seen quiet day and have been catching up on threads .
    Caronc Youngest loved both those words " wabbit" is her best normal but " gubbed " is a wonderful shortcut for the doctor , he's going to love it . Hopefully the meds are settling a bit now and should shortly improve . Your consultant sounds perfect he must be a treasure .
    Moulder is a word I grew up hearing . I knew the meaning but not the history . I had a little google and it dates from the 16thC . I already knew you were a fellow Bibliophile but you're also a fellow Wordsmith not that you'd recognise it by my posts with my constant errors transferring words to the keyboard !

    Hi to Prinzess , Maddiemay and Tink hope all is well with you .
    Caronc I see you were one who had to create a new thread . I was wary of coming on here but I reckon we're too small to be noticed .
    It's has made me think though that I must keep learning ways techie wise . I've mentioned before I would love to be able to do bullet points and had a few kind replies here mentioning Office and other things . I upset Mar on the new fence thread on Wednesday and couldn't get back from GREEN - wont colour it this time as she'll pick up the vibes and do something again . I ended up posting in a very washed out grey but as I was was completing my post noticed all the paragraphs had a neat bullet point just like Larumbelle used to do . I'll figure out that now by trial and error but need to learn how to link to a previous thread in case I need to . The cut and paste advice from Zippy just reminded me of wallpapering so I'll have to suss that one out .
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    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 21st Jul 17, 6:08 PM
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    Hi everyone, I survived the holiday without too much loss of energy, the weather was lovely, apart from one wet day which was much needed as everywhere was looking so parched.

    Met my best friend for coffee, a mooch around the shops and lots of catching up today, we try and meet once a month, but it had been a long gap due to holidays, life events etc.

    Cold and wet and seem to be in a CBA mood this afternoon, wasted an afternoon on the internet and snoozing, but can't seem to be in the mood to read, bake or do anything useful I might hide in the bathroom for a while and try and do some beautifying this evening, if it is not too cold

    Looking forward to reading what everyone has been up to and will try and keep up with posts now.

    Take care everyone.

    MM
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    • By caronc 21st Jul 17, 6:11 PM
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    This has to be some sort of record for me . Only four days since I last posted . I am having a seldom seen quiet day and have been catching up on threads .
    Caronc Youngest loved both those words " wabbit" is her best normal but " gubbed " is a wonderful shortcut for the doctor , he's going to love it . Hopefully the meds are settling a bit now and should shortly improve . Your consultant sounds perfect he must be a treasure .
    Moulder is a word I grew up hearing . I knew the meaning but not the history . I had a little google and it dates from the 16thC . I already knew you were a fellow Bibliophile but you're also a fellow Wordsmith not that you'd recognise it by my posts with my constant errors transferring words to the keyboard !

    Hi to Prinzess , Maddiemay and Tink hope all is well with you .
    Caronc I see you were one who had to create a new thread . I was wary of coming on here but I reckon we're too small to be noticed .
    It's has made me think though that I must keep learning ways techie wise . I've mentioned before I would love to be able to do bullet points and had a few kind replies here mentioning Office and other things . I upset Mar on the new fence thread on Wednesday and couldn't get back from GREEN - wont colour it this time as she'll pick up the vibes and do something again . I ended up posting in a very washed out grey but as I was was completing my post noticed all the paragraphs had a neat bullet point just like Larumbelle used to do . I'll figure out that now by trial and error but need to learn how to link to a previous thread in case I need to . The cut and paste advice from Zippy just reminded me of wallpapering so I'll have to suss that one out .
    polly
    Originally posted by pollyanna 26
    I'm glad your daughter like the words. My local dialect is peppered with these gems and many, many more to boot so if she needs a "word" to describe something I suspect Scots slang may be a good "go to"

    I started a new thread just to be on the safe side - better that than disappearing suddenly!

    I managed with quite a lot of assistance from my son to do something I've not managed in over a year - go to the library. I was missing "real" books and go through too many to afford buying them all the time when I could get loads of e-books for £8 a month on my kindle. I was definitely very wabbit aferwards but delighted to have managed.
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    • By Tink_04 22nd Jul 17, 2:55 PM
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    Hi everyone I'm having a good weekend! Was at hospital yesterday but managed to do a big shop and I'm going to batch cook some stuff today and tomorrow as I've got to do it while I feel good!

    The kids have broken up from school so have a full 6 weeks to fill. I'm going o try and go week by week and have days in planned as well as days out, craft and baking days should help as well as cheap cinema trips and the library is very local too. I'm lucky my parents are very active and help us a lot.

    It's raining today so we have just had a chill out day and I'm going to start cooking when DH gets back as I have no onion - I buy chopped frozen onion as my hands don't work very well and I could have sworn I'd seen some in the freezer! I also buy grated carrots and freeze as it's easier to chuck into meals when bulk cooking.

    Hope everyone has a nice weekend
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    • By pollyanna 26 22nd Jul 17, 4:13 PM
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    Hi everyone .
    maddiemay You sound pretty ok and I'm pleased the holiday turned out better than you'd feared . The CBA days are the days to stop and consider what your body , mind or both are telling you . Usually it's you need to slow down for a while and just "be"

    Caronc Brilliant news about getting to the library . I couldn't imagine a life devoid of books . I was the young child with a torch under the bedclothes long after it was time to sleep .
    I know Kindle and other means of reading are very popular and with good reason . My eldest daughter wanted to buy me one years ago but I knew it would be seldom used so told her thank you but I think you'll be wasting your money . I have a small number of ebooks which weren't available in a book version . They were downloaded from Amazon either free or at a very low price to my laptop so I had a 15.5 screen too read on . I did read each once but unlike the books you can hold in your hands I never felt the need to read them a second time .
    To my mind " The book is always better " They take up a lot of space ( well they do here ) are magnets for dust but to me are more of a pleasure than on screen versions.

    I'll be back in a while the phone is ringing .
    polly
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    • By pollyanna 26 22nd Jul 17, 5:03 PM
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    Back again . I swear my offspring have some form of esp when I'm doing something like trying to post , that's the second long phone call in the last few hours both times when I was on mse replying .
    Tink You sound as prepared as you can be for the next six weeks and that planning is the secret to less stress and having an alternative plan should the weather not be good . I hope you have lots of sunny days . Having your parents involved will make for good family times and many happy memories .

    It was still raining here until around midday but the sun is now shining in a cloudy sky , much warmer than much of the past few days but not that oppressive heat and humidity prior to the last week .
    I can feel an improvement in my joints so I'll be happy for the weather to stay like this for the rest of summer , Last night was the second full nights sleep in a row for me after all the sleepless nights .I have some energy today and am doing short bursts of housework .I really struggled to eat through the hot weather but since yesterday my appetite has really improved . This must be the weather most suited to me functioning at my normal .
    After all the things DD and I never did over the past year we actually got to do something on the list . Was just a few hours to a nearby village but it did us both the power of good .

    Cranky Who's posted here was on the new fence thread and LW and LynP are around . I think Prinzess may be on holiday .

    Meanwhile Enjoy your Saturday whatever you're doing .

    polly x
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