Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Bathroom

It's my least favorite room in the house because I'm the one that has to clean it.  I don't mind the toilet because crap doesn't talk back, and well, frankly I don't have to bend my body into a pretzel in order to clean the gosh darn thing.  The shower on the other hand is my most hated chore.  I've tried hide the dirt by covering the unsightliness with a very pretty shower curtain, but alas, it doesn't work.  I know the dirt is there.

That dirt toys with me, you know.  It FB pokes me in the middle of the night-- I swear!  It wants me to give it some attention, I know and I try-- really I do because this neat freak NEEDS to.  But when I'm flaring, it's different.  Flares suck, let's face it. 

We all flare differently, but in the end, all we really want is a fast way to clean the bathroom while in one.  So here goes...

First off, those all purpose Clorox Wipes are a God send!  Use those to clean the sink, toilet, and floor.  Clean the floor around the seat and then pay attention to the corners of the floor that collect dust.  Use the wipes to also clean your shower head, shower nobs, sink nobs, and anything else that may need a dusting (like the lights for instance).


Next, clean your stall with a good reach.  I used to love that Mr Clean Magic Reach.  It was great because I didn't have to stretch too much.  The pads are becoming very hard to find so I made a micro-fiber pad to fit one so I didn't have to give it up.  The same can also be achieved with an old broom, though.  Place an old towel over your old broom and you instantly have a new cleaning tool for your shower.

The last things that need to get cleaned are your curtain liner and mirror.  The curtain can be washed with a damp cloth until it becomes so soiled that it needs replacing and the mirror can be wiped down with glass cleaner.  This all should take a matter of 10-15 minutes for a relatively small bathroom.  Allow a little more time for a larger one.

Stay fabulous!

Love and Friendship,

Kimberley

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Power of Prayer

Dr. Oz recently aired a show about a Roman Catholic practitioner being a healer for those who are sick.   Being a sensible journalist, I don't want to go out on a limb and compare Dr Nemeh to Jesus, but he's intriguing.  You can find a link to his website here....
http://drnemeh.com/index.php

The reason why I'm intrigued is because I truly wonder about faith and its role in how well we Fibro sufferers tolerate our every day pains.  I by no means want to get religious on any of you.  You all have your faiths.  I'm not here to brag about mine or try to convince you of anything.  I merely want to have a discussion that makes you think.

Faith is an interesting concept because we all have faith in the fact that when we go to sleep, the sun will rise when we wake.  We have faith in the fact that our cars will run so we can drop our kids off to school and go to work.  We also have faith in the fact that we Fibro sufferers have good and bad days.

Why do we have that?  What makes us keep on keeping on?  I believe we do because of the fact that we all have an innate nature to be positive.  I think a positive attitude helps us with pain.  It leads us to look on the bright side of things. 

I look at my Fibro disease in a positive light.  I have since day one of diagnoses.  Why?  Well, Fibro isn't a death sentence, it can help you to determine your limits with life-- i.e. your pain tells you when you've done too much for someone or something, and it even helps you make decisions about your life.  

To me, this can't be all bad, in fact it's great!  I'm one of these people that tends to over work myself.  I do it for the sake of others because it's in my nature to do so.  My Fibromyalgia helps me to realize that I should think about myself. 

I am a being that has limits because I'm human.  I tend to forget the fact I'm human because I have kids.  I do all and I'm being all for them and hubby and tend to forget I need things for me.  It happens.  Fibro, however helps me to realize that I need a hot shower or rest on occasion and I think this is positive because it gives me the balance I need in life.

What do you all think?

Stay fabulous,
Love and friendship,

Kimberley

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