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Rain day and holiday preparing.. Tips on how to ease the pain.

Nov 18, 2015 8:07 AM

Hey all. This is probably a useless topic but as you all nknow Thanksgiving is coming and it looks like I'm gonna be the one doing all the baking for my family. I don't really mind actually kind of excited. My mom is sick with a bad cold so she has been banned from cooking. So I need to do the running around to get the. Ingredients. However it's beginning to rain and turn cold. So is there a combination of medicine and rest of heat that you guys have used that helped you to get through your days when it involves lots of driving and grocery shopping and standing ect...thanks in advance

Nov 18, 2015 8:22 AM

New, if I have to stand for a prolonged period of time, I actually find for me that ice works better and having a counter height stool available is a must.

Nov 18, 2015 8:25 AM

Thanks Amanda..I'll definitely get the stool and I will try the ice..depending on how bad my pain is ice normally intensives the pain but its always worth a shot.

Nov 18, 2015 8:53 AM

Hey new- I bet we are all thinking of holidays- some joy, much pain!!!! Split up the baking as much as possiable. Don't bake them all the same day! Do the grocery shopping like now so you can pace. Stretch before you bake. Prep at a table or use a stool like Amanda said. Take baths!!!!!

Nov 18, 2015 8:54 AM

Thanks jesswoo..I actually never thought biut the stretching.. I'll have to treat baking like I'm exercising.. That's a great idea..

Nov 18, 2015 11:51 AM

New, make sure that you do some stretches (gentle) and perhaps take some Tylenol or Advil if you can. Also, wear very comfortable shoes. See if a friend is available to go with you since that helps ease the tension of standing around on line and working through the crowds. When you get home, put away the things that are perishable, take a break and then put away what you have left over. Then in the evening, a warm bath if you can and also your regular meds. Hope this is helpful.{{{Hugs}}}💕🙏🏻🌻

Nov 18, 2015 11:55 AM

Yes. It is helpful alwayz..I'm waiting in my sister to come and go with me ..and actually when I'm with her she makes me use the electronic cart at Walmart. She won't allow me to walk in big spaces since I've had a hise of fainting or just plan falling out when. I'm with her..ha..I hate using the carts but it is helpful.

Nov 18, 2015 5:48 PM

Dear New, this is how I handle big shopping days, I always take my daughter because she is a huge help. She also has fibro and has the same sense of humor I do so even if we are both hurting we can crack jokes and laughter really helps me. Also, I plan big shopping days to minimize crowds so I don't have to stand in line so much. If you can, shop during the day and avoid weekends like the plague! I make my shopping lists to correspond to my grocery store's layout. This decreases forgetting stuff or suddenly realizing there is something on my list that is across the store from where I am at now and just came from. I also always plan to pick up dinner on my way home. That way everybody gets fed without me having to cook when I am hurting and wiped out from a big day. My secret weapon for baking days is my dishwasher (honestly). The gentle, stretching movements of loading and unloading my dishwasher always helps with muscle tightness and pain. Take frequent breaks and move around. Standing in one position kills me. Also, they make these soft mats to stand on, I am getting one this year to decrease my pain. I have gotten in the habit of cleaning up little messes as I go so I don't have a trashed kitchen at the end of the day. I hope you can use some of these suggestions. Please remember to treat yourself gently, there is no point in killing yourself and ending up in bed with your heating pad while every while everyone else is having dinner and enjoying themselves. (Yeah, that was from experience)🙂

Nov 18, 2015 5:59 PM

Thank you lann....where do u get those mats? Walmart or target. I know I could order one but I don't think I can order one in time for this holiday. Your other tips are awesome... Especially the clean as u go one. But thankfully !y family has the rule if one cooks the other cleans. So I'll have s helper while I'm cooking cleaning up and doing the dishes . I split my shopping days up and I had my nephew with me today and we used the divide and conquer technique.. He. Took on part of the store I did the other . I usually use the electronic wheelchair but today they were all being used so I had to walk.. I!mstill waiting to see how that's gonna hot me..lol.. But thank you for your tiops and all of you guys thank you..

Nov 18, 2015 6:19 PM

They had them on Amazon when I last saw them. If you are a prime member you may be able to get free 2 day shipping

Nov 18, 2015 7:41 PM

Iann4963 what are those mats called. I need one in front of my sink.

Nov 18, 2015 9:30 PM

Anti fatigue mats. I bought my first at walmart, didn't last long. Got my other one at costco (is a medium brown gel foam combo that is actually not super ugly) and it has lasted me over 5 years. I recommend spending the money for the better ones if you can and don't get the foam backed ones. They tend to leave the foam stuck to the floor and it pretty much requires a pry bar and knife to get off. I put mine away when I'm not using it because my boyfriend doesn't lift his feet when he walks and trips over it. Also the kitchen looks cleaner with it in the closet

Nov 19, 2015 1:59 AM

Ive been doing a timeline for these types of days for over 30 years and I always have 30 minutes to rest added in. Start on Wednesday and do your chopping putting that in separate zip bags. You can also do the veggies for stuffing in their butter the night b4 and such things .zthese I have done on Tues . Just get paper and start backwards from dinner served and figure out when to cook stuff and what time to prep. Also keep things warm in crockpots. Tell each group that comes in to bring a crockpot to help keep things warm. Even rolls can stay on lowest setting after baked.

Nov 19, 2015 5:45 AM

This is a great topic! Thanks ladies! I will use some of these ideas. Being that in addition to thanksgiving we have three grandkids Birthday parties for the next three Sundays. This is a lot of cooking and cleaning for me!g I plan on premedication and employing the matt idea and pre prep work. Have a gentle and good day!

Nov 19, 2015 6:47 AM

I done went through a 15 years olds birthday thank God the birthday's get easier as they get older! I made some her simple but very rich lol! It was a deep dish carmel chocolate chip cookie! The preparation time was about 10-15mins if that and cook time was 30 mins and it was DELICIOUS!

Nov 19, 2015 7:15 AM

Thank you crew for the GREAT ideas !!!
I got my anti fatigue mat at Costco probably 4-5 years ago. I think it is one of the original ones. I did not have a problem with it sticking to the floor. I want to replace. They just have the long ones currently at my Costco. Maybe they have the regular size on line. It is really an awesome mat, very refreshing and kind on my feet, hips and back. It's like stepping onto a cloud. it is a nice treat/comfort :) Beets

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