From ‘A Journey Through The Fog’.
Having a chronic illness like ME/CFS or Fibromyalgia means everyday tasks can be challenging, exhausting and painful. But there are steps we can take to make life easier, to limit the stress caused and to conserve our energy for more enjoyable activities. Here are some practical solutions to everyday problems.
I’m too weak to lift everyday objects.
Some everyday objects like kettles, crockery and food containers can be too heavy to lift but you can replace them with lighter alternatives.
- Kettle. Try using a ‘One Cup’ kettle. It only dispenses one cup of boiling water at a time. You don’t have to lift it, as the water is dispensed straight into the cup of your choice. It doesn’t take long to boil (about 90 secs) so you don’t have to stand for long.
- Crockery. Try replacing traditional crockery and glassware with plastic alternatives. You can buy heat resistant plastic bowls, cups, plates and glasses. Picnic sets are a good option.
- Heavy jars and food containers. Decant the contents into lighter and smaller plastic containers.
If you also struggle turning taps on and off, place a few plastic glasses in your bedroom and kitchen, which are prefilled with tap water by your carer or partner. Keeping hydrated is important for your health.
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