I read a few articles that gave tips and tricks (a.k.a hacks) to make living with chronic illness easier. I decided to put them to the test and see if they may actually work. Here are my findings:

 

Bar Stoll in the Kitchen

“Having a bar stool in the kitchen can help you get through cleaning the dishes with less pain.”

restaurant-852735_1920I can testify that this one works. Try to get a bar stool that the right height so that you do not have to reach upwards or you will be in pain anyway. I tried this when living in my old apartment as I was at the point where I could do the dishes without ending in tears and in pain for the rest of the day. It simply didn’t make any sense anymore. Sitting on a bar stool took longer before the pain became unsupportable and my legs started giving under me. What works even better … getting a dishwasher. If you can afford the addition, invest. It’s worth every penny.

What works even better … getting a dishwasher. If you can afford the addition, invest. It’s worth every penny. I enjoy working in the kitchen again.

Heating Seats in the Car

This works. They are amazing for my back and hips. I turn the seat heating all the time, even on super hot days. I discovered heating seats when I first started dating the man who would become my husband. He had heating seat in his car and it made me feel so much better. I barely use my own car anymore. As the chronic illness progressed, I find that driving my car hurts too much.

I discovered heating seats when I first started dating the man who would become my husband. He had heating seat in his car and it made me feel so much better. I barely use my own car anymore. As the chronic illness progressed, I find that driving my car hurts too much.

As the chronic illness progressed, I find that driving my car hurts too much. I can’t drive anymore on days where the pain is bad. If I sit in a car without heat for any length of time, the pain gets so bad, I lose control over my legs and feet.

Reach to Meds First

“Set your alarm early and take pain meds. It will give them time to kick in before you have to get up.”

I tried reaching for pain pills first thing in the morning. It helps, but not enough to really make life easier. Maybe it’s because I don’t have miracle pain pills yet.

Shower Chair

Having a shower chair in the bathroom work in 2 ways. On days when you are in too much pain to stand in the shower you can sit down. If you like me and can’t stand on one leg anymore, the chair helps with shaving your legs.

Using the chair on days when you can stand up, make sure that everything you need can be reached when sitting down. I also found that having a shower with a detachable head is a must.