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I've been a bad girl

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#1 living linda

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 01:08 PM

I have been feeling so much better lately that I decided to do some Spring cleaning in my closets today. As a result my old friend regurgitation visited me and my stomach, chest, and throat are giving me fits this evening. I bent over too much and as a result I will pay the consequences tonight. My lung doctor warned me not to do much bending because he said that the regurg. can damage the bottom of the lungs too. Oh, I get so frustrated! Just when I think I am doing so well I go and mess up my stomach again. And, my neck and shoulders are so painful. Do any of you ever do as I did today and cause yourself pain? Wouldn't you think I should know better? If my eyes would produce tears I would cry! Thanks for letting me vent again!

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 04:29 PM


Sorry to hear of your stomach problems. Are your shoulders and neck hurting because of the regurgitation? Susie54

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 04:59 PM

No, they are hurting because I lifted, pulled, and tugged on too many things today. I am so aggravated at myself. I know better, but when I am feeling so well I forget and overdo.

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 02:50 AM

Oh, I know that one. You get a surge of energy and the world is yours to tackle. Then comes the next day!!Ugh!! Hope you feel better. Susie54

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 06:47 AM

living linda,

I am sorry you are suffering the consequences of spring cleaning. :blink: I, and I'm sure many others, will be attempting some sort of cleaning project since the weather's been warming up. I have to tackle my basement and sort through boxes from a house fire we had three years ago. I managed to go through half of them with a helper two years back. I couldn't believe the stuff I had saved, donated things I didn't use and threw out so much accumulated clutter. I still have at least 10-25 boxes to go through. Usually I try not to accomplish a major project in one day. I'll break down whatever needs to get cleaned or organized into segments, like I'll do half one day and the other half the next. It's so easy to forget how tired or achy we get until we're all done and feeling the aches and pains later. I also can't bend down too often or pick up heavy things because when I do I aggravate my hernia. I limit myself to a few items or wait for someone to help me.

I hope you're feeling better and recuperated from your cleaning project! :)

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 09:30 AM

Hi Linda,

Like Razz, I find it very important to pace myself and to break larger projects down into smaller components. Not like the good old days when I could decide to do spring housecleaning and then just do it. Now we do a little here and a little there and hire people to do the bigger jobs like washing windows. We have robots to do the vacuuming and floor scrubbing every day.

But another issue is that I think our abilities on any given day are like a constantly moving target. Sometimes we can do more and be just fine afterward. Other times, we can just do a little bit and suffer greatly afterward. So do your best to pace yourself and to take some advantage of your better days but try not to get down on yourself if you misjudge and pay a price for it afterward.

Stuff happens! And even though there is a continual adjustment to chronic illness, I still think it is better if we are bumping into our limits every so often as it proves we are at least being as active as we can be, under the circumstances.

I just survived a very busy weekend which I would not have been able to handle anytime in the past 15 years. I was absolutely shocked that I was able to get out of bed on Monday! So sometimes you'll take a gamble on your energy reserves and actually win the bet, however those times are not quite as memorable as when there is a backlash so we might tend to overlook them a bit.
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Posted 28 April 2009 - 10:02 AM

Hi Linda,

Yup, I can relate with you too.

Shelley, Razz and Susie54 have all said it well...

We do what we can do and that's all we can do. Yet, as Shelley's had happen, there are those days when we are able to sneak under the wire and "get away with" doing more.

At any rate, I'm like the rest of you, in that I know I should pace myself, but invariably I usually end up "pushing the envelope" and paying for it the next day -- or two or three. :(

Re: regurgitation when bending
As with swimming, I've found I can prevent the regurgitation if I don't eat much or too soon before I plan to do much or any bending.
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