April 15, 2012
Last year, when I had my ankle trouble, it was hard for me to stand on my left foot. I had to get creative when it came time to wash up the few dishes that don’t go into the dishwasher.
By sliding a kitchen chair over to the sink, I could rest my left knee on a pillow and take the weight off that broken ankle.
As I write this, I recalled the times in the past when even the thought of putting any weight on my knee(s) would have been excruciating. I’m so grateful for Flare-Free Days.
November 18, 2011
It was a particularly tempestuous night. The rapid changes in barometric pressure resulted in a storm outdoors, but also one inside – my body.
A contrast bath is a process of soaking your hands in tubs of hot (test first!) and cold water, for alternating cycles of twenty minutes.
As I was doing the dishes that morning – hot for washing – cold for rinsing, I noticed that my hands began to feel better. I was creating a contrast bath without being aware that I was doing-so!
Who doesn’t like a two-for-one deal? Dishes done. Fingers flexible.
So, when your hands are puffy and hot, forego the dishwasher. Load a basin of cold water alongside your hot wash water and do as Madge suggests – soak in it!
Image courtesy of Kaan Tanriover.