Pain and projects
Sunday, September 15, 2019
I have been staying at my dad’s house for about 2 weeks now. The elevator in the apartment building that I live in is undergoing modernization. So, it has been out of service since Labor Day. Normally, it wouldn’t bother me too much, even though it is almost 6 flights of stairs up to my apartment, but I am having a flare up of arthritis in my knees. The left one is especially painful. Sounds like crunching cornflakes or potato chips when I straighten my legs, or walk up stairs. And of course walking up stairs hurts the most.
While staying at my dad’s house my niece, Tigan, and I have been cleaning and purging the back storage room. We finally finished the project yesterday! We mostly filled an entire dumpster (since there’s a little room left my brother is clearing out some of his workshop in the barn as well) over 4.5 days... working together at the project for close to 4 hours each day. It took so much time because my mom tended to just tuck random family photos in any available envelope or stack of paper, so we had to go through every envelope and stack of papers piece by piece. Very time consuming! We found some interesting stuff though. We found pictures that predate the Civil War, including some of an ancestor who served in the 4th New York cavalry during the Civil War. As well as the family genealogy that a previous family member did dating back to the 1600s! Thank goodness it is not in Danish (as many of the old family letters are), as none of us in the current generation read any Danish. We also found some pictures from dad’s side of the family, which is significant as my dad very rarely speaks of his family, seeing as how he was estranged from his parents when they passed, and to this day has no contact with his one surviving sibling.
Tigan and I also cleaned mom’s china hutch. (It has been over two years since she passed away, and no one had touched the project). And in the process we ended up clearing and cleaning the shelves in the kitchen as well. We washed all of the dishes in the kitchen in the process. Haha. Neither Tigan nor I are particularly neat freaks, but we are both somewhat compulsive, and when you have two compulsive types working on a project together things tend to get a little ridiculous...
All of these cleaning projects required heavy lifting, bending, twisting, etc... all while dealing with the effects of dust, mold, and spider webs! Yech! I didn’t mind the physical activity, as it kept me busy, but the cleaning (and spiders) got old after a couple of days. I guess I have gotten spoiled living alone, and only being responsible for my own accumulation (or not) of stuff and the cleanliness of said stuff.
So, I have NOT been resting and relaxing, and babying my sore knees, as I probably should have been. But at least I had not had to walk up and down all the stairs, like I do at my apartment. This was brought home last night and this morning, as I decided to spend a night at my apartment with the Cooper-dog. I walked him twice, than called another niece to walk him later on in the evening. I wasn’t sure I would make it up to my apartment with the dog a third time. Ouch! At least at my dad house there’s only one flight of stairs!
I am headed back to dad’s house this morning!
It was bad enough that I went to the doctor and got a prescription strength NSAID to take. It’s a good thing I am no longer on warfarin, or the doctor would have been very limited in what she could prescribe. (So far I have not noticed a lessening of the pain or stiffness, but she said to give it at least a week).
Well I have to get packed to go back to dad’s... I hope wherever you are in the world you have a marvelous day!