The Changes We Have to Make
Last updated: October 2021
The last couple of weeks I have had plenty of time to think, or should I say dwell (the dwelling didn't last too long). The thinking has stayed but not in a negative way like when we look back at the things we used to have and the things we used to do.
My favorite rooms
It may sound a bit strange but I love cleaning the bathroom and kitchen. They are my favorite rooms to clean. I also liked the smell of bleach and sprays and used to clean them often.
Sprays and wipes
Learning to use different things to replace the old ones was a bit of a struggle. I'm sort of old school in the cleaning side of things, but I've changed from the sprays to wipes so the smells don't linger in the air as much. I've been using Dettol wipes and polish wipes, though with what's going on outside I'm using plenty of Dettol wipes everywhere.
Effects on COPD
Not coughing as much
Using wipes to clean instead of sprays actually works well and they don't take so much space up. It so much easier using the wipes and there isn't the lingering spray in the air. I am also not coughing as much.
I have noticed that as my COPD is severe I cannot handle any citrus in the home (lemon, lime, orange, etc.). I'm not sure if it's a psychological thing or if it's my COPD. Even the washing-up liquid has been changed. Mopping the floor is a bit difficult as finding a floor cleaner without a strong smell is hard.
Do you generally embrace change?
A way that works
Yes, all these changes are pretty hard, but we do get used to it so it's a win-win for now. On good days I'm able to peg the washing out, but instead of putting the washing in a basket, I sort it indoors and then put the washing over my shoulders. It saves on bending all the time and keeps the pegs in my pocket. Again it's a good win. If we search for a way that works it's a positive way of moving forward.
Learning my limits
It is becoming a way of life searching and practicing new ways of learning how to do things. I find it exciting to see what I can change so I can carry on with my life and do as much as I can before I ask for help. I'm not saying I don't ask because I do. I know there are things I cannot do anymore. My husband now puts the quilt covers on (I do the pillowcases). If I'm cooking and need to use the grill, hubby will stand over it as it is too warm for me. Hubby does the food shopping and then I put it away.
Asking for help
There is nothing wrong with asking for help. It's pointless to stress and get worked up when you can't breathe. I do as much as I can. It's so important to listen to your body and not ignore the telltale signs of when things are too much for you. Life is precious and we need to live it as best as we can.
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Editor's Note: We are heartbroken to share that Debz passed away in October of 2021. She is deeply missed but her positivity and resilience live on through her articles. Thank you for everything, Debz.
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