I hope this newsletter finds you well. We’ve had some dreary damp weather of late, but Christmas is on the way so it’s all mince pies and log fires from here on.
My new hobby
We have a lovely big shower in our house. Plenty of room for a good scrub and sloosh! It also has plenty of glass. And with glass comes limescale. Did you know (and you probably do) that the Isle of Wight has some of the hardest water in the country? It only takes a couple of uses for our shower to look like it’s been lightly dusted in flour.
Cleaning a shower, or any surface with limescale, can be difficult. Especially if you have trouble with your hands or other joints. Sprays and things are available, but they are expensive, and I find they make my chest bad with the vapours they give off.
I tried vinegar, but that irritates my chest just as bad. So then I tried lemon juice. And it works! A 36p bottle of lemon juice mixed with two teaspoons of liquid soap will clean off any lime scale, and it just rinses away. I stick it in a small pump-up garden sprayer and do the shower with it. Leave it 10 minutes and then rinse. Brilliant. It’s cheap, easy to make, and no nasty chemicals. And no painful, laborious scrubbing.
I’m sure there are some of you who are thinking “Yes, Chris, we’ve known this for years”. But you’ve got to remember I’m a bloke, and all this cleaning lark is a whole new world to be explored. For example, did you know you can separate eggs with a hoover? I bet you didn’t. And it scrambles them as well. Fab.
Next month I’ll tell you how to clean paintwork with some mayonnaise and the top off a crème brulee.
Now, an appeal. One of our members is looking for a ‘Fibro-friendly yoga teacher’. This sounds like something which could be useful to many of us, so if you know of, or attend the classes of someone like this, perhaps you could email me on this address firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll pass it on.
Something fishy going on
How are your Omega-3 levels these days? I came across an article from 2006 by researchers at Pittsburgh University’s Department of Neurological Surgery about the effectiveness of Omega-3 fish oils compared to NSAIDs like Ibuprofen. 250 patients were put on doses of 1200mg per day. Of these:
“Fifty-nine percent discontinued to take their prescription NSAID medications for pain. Sixty percent stated that their overall pain was improved, and 60% stated that their joint pain had improved. Eighty percent stated they were satisfied with their improvement, and 88% stated they would continue to take the fish oil. There were no significant side effects reported.” (Maroon and Bost, 2006. Source: PubMed 16531187 – link below)
The article goes on to compare the anti-inflammatory effects of Omega-3 EFA’s as being equivalent to Ibuprofen. I’ll say that again: Equivalent To Ibuprofen. I don’t know about you but I’m off to Boots in the morning because this has got to be worth a try. Especially if it means fewer drugs.
“To sleep – perchance to dream”
If you’re anything like me and thousands of other Fibro sufferers, sleep doesn’t come easy. Christmas, with all its noises, distractions and excitements can just make this worse. Now, I’m not going all humbug about this – far from it. But with all the pre-Christmas running around and preparing, the stress levels can run away with themselves a bit. So here are a few tips for protecting your sleep and your self:
- Set aside an hour to unwind before bed.
- Make a list of the things you need to do tomorrow, so they don’t play on your mind all night.
- Don’t go to bed hungry. Or overfed.
- Don’t use alcohol to sleep. It makes you wake up later.
- Practice Mindfulness to calm your mind before bed. If you’re not sure how you can find some simple exercises using the link below. The gong meditation is particularly calming.
- Try to make your home, or at least, your bedroom, restful. Soft lighting, some gentle sounds playing perhaps.
Try some of the above and see if you can’t get a decent nights’ sleep before you get up to unwrap your presents.
Our Next Meeting…
Will be on the 8th of January 2019. We will be having an American Supper so, if you are attending, please bring something to share. These are always lovely events so don’t miss out. As usual it will be at All Saint’s Church Hall, Ryde at 1:30 pm.
In the meantime, stay well, have a great Christmas, and best wishes for the New Year!
All the best,