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Laundry day

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Today is laundry day. I have been putting it off because with the boot on I am not comfortable going up and down the basement stairs. The basement stairs are fairly narrow and steep. Heck I am not comfortable carrying the full laundry basket down from the second floor to the first floor... and those stairs are much wider (both front to back and side to side). So I Shanghai’d dad into putting the first load in for me. Normally I only wait on doing laundry until there’s one load, but today there’s two loads, because I thought I would only be in the boot for a short time... I will have my aide do the second load. She’s only here for two hours, which is not enough time to do both loads. Our washing machine takes forever to run a load! We don’t have a dryer, so when it’s cold and/or damp everything gets hung on clotheslines by the wood stove. (Good weather they go outside). I can do that part just fine... it’s just those pesky stairs that give me pause. I have this klutziness that means that I would probably fall down the stairs (or maybe up the stairs?!) dirty laundry everywhere! Dad realized I had left the window in my library room open a crack when he went upstairs to bring down the first load of laundry. Oops! I hadn’t noticed, lol. My bedroom has been comfortable temperature-wise even with the cold, damp weather we have been having. (We have had a fire in the wood stove for a couple of days now, and that makes things more comfortable). I feel like I ought to be able to handle the stairs and the laundry basket just fine... even with the boot on. But I am just so worried about those stairs, and not being able to see my feet while carrying the basket. Since the assistance is there I am going to avail myself of it though... no matter the oughtas that are running through my head. I think I am just trying to justify myself now... So I am going to shut up. Wherever you are in the world I hope you have a marvelous day!
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    my stairs are real steep also to the basement and i just go down backwards and drag the basket after me
    25 days ago
    I tried to master the laundry basket on my head but it only made my husband roar with laughter and he actually volunteered to do it.Getting up and down stairs on crutches is hard enough on it's own without a laundry basket on your head I don't know how those African women do it !
    25 days ago
  • _CYNDY55_
    Be careful on the stairs carrying the laundry basket... emoticon
    25 days ago
    Are you able to put a laundry shoot in? My parents did that with the house that they bought. It made life so much easier. Their stairs to the basement was narrow and VERY steep, so anything to reduce the risk of carrying stuff down was good. It's much safer taking them back up. Make good use of your caregiver while you have her.

    25 days ago
  • KATIE5668
    you actually remind me of myself...even when there is help and I have accepted it ..those coulda ..woulda and wanna's keep running thru my head. Better choice to be safe!! much better!
    25 days ago
    I HATE the boot!! It is so clumsy and I am enough of that on my own!!

    Hope the aid was aidful (LOL like that made up word? Sure I COULD of reworded it, but sometimes it's just FUN to slay the English Language. Well okay we KNOW I do that A LOT! Sure do wish my 6th Grade English teacher would see it! LOL)

    Laughter is always a welcome.
    25 days ago
    No need for that you are taking care of yourself and being careful a good idea, yay for Dad's :)
    25 days ago
  • JILLIAN0216
    Carrying a laundry basket can be a pain without a boot. I try to do a load a day to keep up on my laundry.
    25 days ago
    You should never be ashamed or sorry for asking for help if you need it.
    25 days ago
    Ask for help and you did. Good for you...
    25 days ago
    I definitely wouldn't like the idea of steep, narrow stairs in a boot when I can't see my feet. I think that's one of the primary purposes of the aide, and the aide would likely prefer to be the one to do that! I remember when DH was in his boot; it was like a Herman Munster foot. It'd be one thing to go down and up without your hands full, though I'm not sure that's called for, but I think you'd be going way above and beyond to do it with a basketfull of laundry in your hands. Just my .02. I hope your day's been marvelous, too! emoticon
    25 days ago
    Do you need help with the laundry? Let’s see - steeps steps, already in a medical boot (which messes with balance) Help is currently available ...

    Hmmm - take the safe choice!
    25 days ago
    Definitely no shame in asking for help! TAKE IT!

    HUGS and continue to take care of yourself.
    25 days ago
    put the basket on the step and go down backward, step down, move basket down a step and do this till you get to the bottom. emoticon
    26 days ago
  • SUSANM18
    If you have the assistance, use it. No shame in being careful.
    26 days ago
  • DEBBY4576
    I hear ya. Reminds me of my daughter and I. With that in mind, I definitely think you are being very wise emoticon
    26 days ago
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