My Number One Household Hack
My number one household hack or trick to beat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) limitations is hands down the robotic vacuum. Of course, the favorite trick changes almost on a daily basis depending on the need of the moment. It may be the back scratch or the rubber thing used to help open a jar tomorrow. But today it is the robot.
Now this robot is a big help to me when I turn it loose to vacuum while I can be doing something else. The big advantage is the ability to go under and around furniture so there is no need to have to move heavy pieces. Moving heavy furniture has been a problem with my back and shoulders in the past.
Since I fell down a flight of stairs over the weekend I would be crazy to try to move a couch right now. I’m trying to move my body just enough so it doesn’t get stiff, but not in a way it will make my muscles and nerves angry.
It seems as though it is always something. For someone who works very hard to make my RA footprint as small as possible in my day-to-day life, it sure is on my mind often, more like always! If it isn’t planning what’s for dinner keeping anti-inflammatory foods in mind it is assessing my schedule keeping over commitment and stress in mind. The disease seems like a fulltime job at times! My household hacks ease this footprint burden.
“It is not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential” Bruce Lee
That is why finding a good household hack or trick such as the robot is a great thing.
To be clear, I am not receiving any compensation from the robot company before telling you the virtues of the invention. I actually had the vacuum for almost two years before I used it. When I received it as a gift, I wasn’t as excited as I should’ve been. I figured I needed to roll up all the rugs before I could let it do its job until I saw one in action at my neatnik niece’s loft. She has a rug that looks like a thick- furry-hairy thing and the robot just rolled over it, no problem. I then took notice of how the robot effortlessly cruised around picking up dust bunnies and crumbs. I came home, watched a You-tube video on how to set it up and have been letting it do my vacuuming ever since. I still need to use my upright vacuum from time to time to get in the corners, but the robot has really helped me out a lot.
An added bonus is alleviating some of the symptoms of my allergies. When my eyes itch, I know there are more allergens hanging around. I can just push the “on” button of the robot, and walla the itch soon improves
Fatigue has been as big of an issue for me as the pain and swelling of my joints, therefore I’ve simplified my life out of necessity. I am always looking for ways to adapt to living with RA. That includes what I eat, the clothes I can comfortably wear, the design of my doorknobs and many other things such as a robot to vacuum my floors. You know, using Arthritis Wisdom!
I know it is a bit pricey. Perhaps your family could pool resources and gift it to you. That is how I got mine!
What are your favorite tricks of the RA trade? I look forward to all suggestions. We do not need to reinvent the wheel, I love learning from others!
Take good care!