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#21 judyt

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 07:24 PM

Hi Kathy,
So sorry to hear you have been sick. Happens to all of us I guess but a bit of sympathy doesn't go amiss. I hate it when it happens and I get so far behind with things. My husband is really good and helpful but he needs to be told (asked nicely) what to do and sometimes I forget where I am up to, so then he complains that if only I had said something he would have dealt with it. Oh dear! never mind.

Hope you get on top and catch up with your undies soon!!

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#22 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 01:23 PM

Hello Kathy

I have a pile of laundry calling me as well and I insist on doing it. Laundry is the one job I never gave over to my husband or mother and have been doing it since diagnosis. Don't know why laundry is the one task I refused to relinquish? Hope you get yours dons before me!

Take care.

Hello Judy

"I can do it" is a phrase my husband is well accustomed to as I struggle on until I can't do it and then hubby takes over musing he might as well have done it to start with!

Take care.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 10:38 AM

Well ladies and gents. I'm back.

I suffer from vulvar and rectal lichen sclerosis (scarring of the vulva and rectum) Now we're talking fun (not).

I consider myself an expert on panty advice. :) I have to deal with some issues in that...erm, realm so here we go.

1. Only and always cotton. Not a nylon or silk WITH cotton crotch, ONLY cotton.
2. Only panties with NO elastic in the legs. Yes, they are out there. Resort to boy shorts if you must, or go without.
3. Speaking of going without, try only skirts. Pants are killer and make too much heat. A little air is good for you.
4. Wash the underwear in clothes soap made for babies and skip fabric softener. Use a little apple cider vinegar as your rinse agent.
5. Wash YOURSELF with non soap products.
6. If you are still menstruating, do not use pads with additives or bleach in them. Buy non bleached products.

I hope this helps, any or all of you having issues of this sort.

P.S. If you have trouble finding non-soap products or non-bleached pads, you may PM me for brand or store suggestions.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 09:03 PM

Awww,

Thanks Judy! That bit of sympathy felt great, guess I did need some though I usually dont complain......You too Amanda, I really appreciate it. Yep Kselibrary, got the no panties at all down to perfection :)

Warm hugs and sympathy back at YOU all
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Posted 04 October 2012 - 06:02 AM

I know we are not supposed to use slang but when it comes to underwear but sometimes it is just funny and you have to laugh when it comes to your private areas. :lol:

In this area going out with no panties is call "going commando." I have no idea where this term came from! :emoticon-dont-know: This is fine unless you have slight bowel leakage. :D

No matter how well I clean myself after going to the bathroom I seem to always have "skid marks" which are those brown marks on your panties. I even use special wipes. Since my bowels move so many times a day it seems like I go through underwear like crazy.

I have also found that my doctors, especially my scleroderma specialist seem reluctant to look at my bottom. After I was diagnosed with scleroderma I noticed I was getting some small hard spots right where I sit. I brought it up with my doctor and she didn't even look. I had so many other issues with renal failure and lung disease that it just passed by. Several years ago when these bumps had multiplied I was able to get her to look at them and she gave a casual glance and said it was calcinosis. A couple of months ago I told her they seemed to be multiplying again and she said the only thing for them was surgery asked me if they were leaking, which they are not, and didn't even look at them. My dermatologist was the same way when I mentioned it to him.

I had an MRI of my spine several years ago as I had a growth in my neck that turned out to be calcinosis and the scan also showed boney deposits on the base of my spine. I feel like I am sitting on hard, lumpy baseballs. Oh well, there are other things that could be worse.

kselibrary76, you gave some excellent advice. I have surrendered from sexy bikini underwear to comfortable colored briefs to match my outfits (bras, too) but am not ready to go to cotton underwear. However, my crystal ball shows it in my future.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 11:49 AM

Miocean, what I worry about is whether or not they will have adult diapers in plus sizes and fashionable sexy designs, before we all converge on the nursing home scene.

Because I am not going to submit to those dreadfully plain white lackluster things, without a fight!
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 11:27 AM

How funny Miocean!!

In my house we say "I'm out there Jerry!", a great line from a tv comedy we watched in the 1990's
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 09:12 PM

Yes, Kathy, I know what you are referring to. :lol:

Shelley,
You just gave me a great idea on how to make a fortune. The only problem is, I forgot what it was. :VeryHappy:

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 03:49 PM

Did somebody mention my name?! Yep, or rather nope, to fabric softeners, especially when washing my undies. I had been looking for tips to deal with sicca syndrome and found that fabric softeners are a real no-no.

What's worked for me in the undie department is super-sizing. Since I needed to replace all my clothes after being so sick ( got skinny, woohoo!) earlier this year, the budget all went before I got to even dreaming about new knickers. Y'know, the 4-sizes too big panties don't chafe anywhere! Mind you, I live in jeans so there's not much danger of being hobbled by an unexpected descent of my frillies. :-)

My daughter-in-law recommended a particular brand of diaper rash goop and it has always cleared up the rashes in a day or two. PM me for the brand name if you'd like.
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#30 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 08:13 AM

I did, hello Jeannie! Super-size undies eh, hmm, too much like granny pants for me and having mocked Sis & Ma for wearing them in the past... Yes, yes I know I am a Granny and about4 months from now I'll be a Granny again but I just can't get on board with the pants!

Does anyone have any tips as to what to do about static cling when tumble drying? Now I no longer use fabric softener, in the wah or dry, I have wicked static cling, you can even see little flashes of blue light and hear the crackle as the clothes touch each other.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:47 PM

Hi Amanda,
I don't know what it is like at your house for line drying undies, but personally, I gave up tumble drying anything which lives next to my skin about half a century ago.

I actually manage to line dry all those things plus others too in various ways. Our apartment in the city has a ventilation system which is marvellous. It is a symple system of the fresh air coming in from outdoors (filtered in some way I presume but not heated or de-humidified) then that air goes out either under the front door or into a vent in the ceiling and outside again. Consequently I can hang light items in the laundry and they will be dry by the morning. Then in this country we have a marvellous system of a hot water system which uses a 40 gallon tank to heat the water, and the cupboard which houses that tank is always warm so a few strategically placed shelves do the trick of finishing off the drying process.

I also have folding racks which will stand in front of a window and do a good job on a sunny day. Not my choice if we are having visitors but the spare bedroom is very accommodating when needed. A portable de-humidifier running in the same room will do the job overnight. Just shut the door and window so you are not trying to dry the whole world and you will find your frillies are dry by the next day.

My memories of living in London include having to lump the laundry bag to the launderette and dry everything at sixpence a load in the big tumble driers, but somehow I still think that I brought stockings (pantihose/tights) and knickers home to air dry or I would be driven mad trying to wear them.

There are all sorts of gadgets and pads available now in the shops here to 'so called' dry your laundry static free but I have yet to find one that works for me.

As an alternative, in the house I grew up in, the water heating system didn't have a tank of hot water so my Mum had a cupboard with racks for shelves and a small enclosed heater on the floor which got about as hot as two light bulbs and it is surprising how warm that cupboard got overnight with the door shut.

As far as I am concerned, there is no alternative to patience while we wait for things to dry themselves.

With winter coming on I can appreciate your feeling concerned about getting things dry but with a little ingenuity and No.8 fencing wire all sorts of problems can be solved.

Best wishes
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Posted 15 October 2012 - 07:05 PM

Amanda, to prevent static cling when tumble drying, you can use anti-static dryer balls. They're inexpensive, reusable, and available in stores (at least in the U.S.) and online as well. They're basically plastic balls (about the size of tennis balls) covered with little protusions.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 01:05 PM

Thanks Judith, I'll see if I can find them here in the UK, if not online. Take care.


Thanks Judy, I have a rack for hanging clothes to dry on as well as the stair bannister and of course the raidiators but I just can't walk around the house hanging clothing up, it's easier to throw them into the tumble dryer and then put them away. It's less standing and walking and it gets the job done in one go. Take care.
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