I had a bit of a sore arm last night, following my covid jab on Saturday morning, but it didn't keep me awake and is fine this morning. So no real side effects to speak of, hopefully the flu one will be the same.
When I saw the GP last week, he asked what pain relief I take for it.....I said paracetamol, but only when the pain is bad, and on rare occasions when it's really painful I might take cocodamol. He sort of told me off and said pain relief meds don't work like that, to get proper relief I need to take them regularly, every day (he said 4x daily) and not just once in a blue moon. Well, turns out he was right, who knew?! 😒😂 I haven't been taking them 4 times a day, nor will I - I've always been reluctant to take lots of pain meds, I don't want my body getting used to them - but have been taking them morning and night for the past few days. The pain is now much more bearable, I'm pleased to say, so I will continue to take them 2x daily for a while.
The hospital was practically empty when I got there for my x-ray yesterday morning - hardly anyone queueing for the covid jabs, and nobody waiting in x-ray, so I got in straight away. A very nice man, who said he would be x-raying both hips (2 for the price of 1, he joked) - it said just the left one on my referral letter from the doc, but I wasn't arguing! Makes sense to me to do both, anyway. Around a fortnight's wait for results, he said.
Husband's taking me to a garden centre this morning to get a few more plants for the back garden new flower beds.....he didn't even grumble when I asked him, although did roll his eyes. I think he's getting the message that I want him to do things for me when I ask, and without complaining.
I've bought an electric heated clothes airer, apparently they use much less electricity than a tumble dryer. As my dryer has given up the ghost anyway and I'm not getting it repaired again (it's already been repaired twice before) or buying a new one, getting washing dry in the winter will be a problem. Even on sunny days, the washing isn't completely dry after being out on the line all day, the sun's not strong enough now. And I don't want wet washing hanging around the house for days. It's a lovely sunny day today, so I'm about to put the washing out now.
The trouble with drying laundry indoors in the winter is all the water that's released back into the house. I've found that running the dehumidifier near to the drying laundry solves that problem and takes the chill off the air too so two jobs for the cost of one. My tumble dryer is ancient and won't be getting used very often. I'll be keeping any sheets and duvets in a large bag and only washing them on a sunny windy day..ReplyDelete
Yes, it's the bedding that's the biggest problem isn't it.Delete
A little tip for your heated airer, once you’ve put your washing on it, cover it over with a dry sheet or duvet cover, it keeps the heat inside and the washing dries much quicker. I think some airers come with covers but not all do.ReplyDelete
Good tip, thank youDelete
I love my heated air dryer. It has a cover and it's a useful source of a bit more warmth as well as drying the clothes. No good in a power failure, of course, but better than just a rack. It's pouring here at the moment and I have washing so I can see it being called into action today.ReplyDelete
I never knew that about pain killers. Like you, I just take them now and again and they do the trick but I can see that for ongoing pain it makes more sense to make it ongoing. I'm so glad they are helping.
Fingers crossed the x ray is really informative. xx
Yes, he said for chronic pain one should take the painkillers regularly, not as and when, as that's only really suitable for acute pain episodes. xxDelete
Listen to your doctor regarding the paracetamol. I have been taking 2 tablets four times a day for over eighteen months now, and it's only the days when I think I'm not in too much pain and then miss a dose thinking it will do me good, that I really suffer the next day. When I quizzed my doctor about the long-term side effects of paracetamol, he said that as long as you don't exceed that dose it would be safe to take them for 40 years or more, and as I doubt I will reach a hundred I'm not worried anymore!!ReplyDelete
40 years! Blimey, I hope I (and you!) don't have the pain that long haha.Delete
I think I'd heard that (and forgotten, of course) about pain meds. Makes sense when you think about it. I hope you get some joy from the x-ray, and great that you were straight in. And good for you making sure your husband does as he's told!🤣 xxReplyDelete
We have a sunny warm un-used bedroom we dry our laundry in, the moisture helps keep the room from being too dry, daughter has been looking for an electric drier but most are out of stock.ReplyDelete
That makes sense about the pain meds. I am like you however I don't want my body to get used to having to take them.ReplyDelete