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In Which Fatso Hates Heat

1st June 2013

The weather widget I have on my phone says:

2013-06-01 02.27.01

Feels like 5°C my ASS
Also, if anyone’s wondering: my background is a Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep wallpaper.

I am in the unfortunate situation, in my first home, that I have to wash dishes by hand. That means, in my condition of oh Jesus Christing hell, what is this new level of agony?!, instead of washing the dishes every day – which would be the smart choice – I was the dishes every couple of days.

By which point, there’s enough that it sometimes takes me an hour to wash them all.

You can imagine, if you know how much pain I’m in (I take Tramadol, Diclofenac, Morphine and Gabapentin for the pain… and I’m STILL IN PAIN), how bad this is, when I’m hunched over the sink.

And how much my neighbours must hate me when I start the dishes at 11pm, but I’m still singing my heart out at midnight. (Sorry, neighbours.)

Add to that the heat. Ignore what my weather widget says. It feels like the Sixth Circle of Hell. (Or the Inferno. Or just The Sixth Circle. I’ve never fully finished Dante’s Inferno, but I’m pretty sure it’s the Sixth Circle that’s all fiery and flamey.) It’s sticky and warm and hot and.


And I had to stand with my hands in a sinkful of really, REALLY hot water, with a back that was so sore it made my legs tremble, so that I could wash my bloomin’ dishes.

It’s so much easier in the winter when it’s cold. (Except that then, your hands are cold, so putting your cold hands into the hot water feels like KNIVES. Like Jack describes it in Titanic. He wasn’t kidding!)

The only good thing that came out of it was that my dishes got washed. And I got to sing my little heart out for a while.

I always wonder how many calories you burn doing something like that. Does washing dishes burn calories? Or do you have to do it extremely?

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  • Angela

    I have the same problem with standing over the sink for more than a few minutes too and am about your height. Not sure if you might have tried this already, but do you have an armless chair or stool that you could use to sit down and wash up? *Possible TMI* It took me a few tries to get used to but (on the kind of chair that goes in a table set) if I sit with my legs wide I can get closer to the sink and avoid splashing water, and reach the drainer properly, but now I can get on with just the dishes and singing instead of putting off and dreading it 🙂 Hope this helps x

    • I used to do that when I lived in my parents' house (not the one they currently live in, but the one we lived in before that, when we didn't have a dishwasher) – but I have no stools or chairs in this house! I have my computer chair, and I have couches. Haha, I'm sadly lacking in the things-to-sit-on department. I've tried using my computer chair for when I was doing soup and things that needed me at the cooker for longer periods of time, but my work surfaces seem to be really high up?! It'd mean that getting my arms in the sink would end up with my arms soaked to the elbow. *SIGH*

      If I had one of those high stools, that might be of some help. 🙂 It's something I could think about or look on Freecycle for. Although it'd look weirdly out-of-place, as I don't have a table, haha.

      But yeah, it's something I've tried before! Mostly, just now, I make sure I'm as medicated as I possibly can be, and take breaks when I need to. It means that what would take a normal person 20 minutes would take me 40-45. It's RIDICULOUS, but at least they get washed!

  • Angela

    Aww, that's a shame. Oh I just thought of another thing I do if I wash up at someone else's house – I just bend forward and lean my elbows on the edge of the sink to prop me up as I wash. Forearms may get more soapy than usual but I just make sure my sleeves are up so not much damage there 🙂 it's worth it for the rest for my back, such a relief! Then I just swap back and forth from standing to propping if I feel able. If this doesn't sound doable, then sorry I couldn't help more, but just know I understand how frustrating the pain is and ridiculous that is should affect being able to do something so simple!