Household chores

Why is everything such a task.. I'm now severely allergic to dust but I just don't dust enough and tend to dust when someone arrives I'm house proud when I have a visitor but can't find the oomph to do chores for me... Which make me wheezy.. Is it lazyness or just not motivated. When I get a gift or I get OCD and spend the time cleaning all rooms shouting through or my guest follows me... I can't sit at peace when they are thete

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  • Get a guest it's meant to say which triggers OCD and need to clean

  • My mother used to say to me 'there'll be plenty of dust when you're gone' so enjoy the day you have now.

  • I'm just the same. I used to be really tidy and kept my Home spotless but now it is a different story! My sister with hypo is the same but she can afford a cleaner! I also have a hypo friend who really struggles with housework.

    I still have a life and a pretty good one and the dogs don't give a stuff about the clutter and dust they still adore me untidy or not.

    Perhaps life is too short for excessive levels of cleaning etc?

  • I experience the same but with my hobby. I am a web application developer (internet programmer), web designer and hosting provider. I used to be able to program nonstop and was very productive. Nowadays I would sit and stare at the screen for hours and get nothing done. What triggers me is when a client calls to say his email is not working or need some change is a program. Once I get started I can't stop.

    Problem is I can't concentrate and forget halfway through to process what I was suppose to do.

  • Get both free T4 and freeT3 tested. GP wont or lab wont even if requested. We have private labs who will do a home pin-prick test and members have said either Blue Horizon or Medichecks is good.

    Levothyroxine is T4 (an inactive hormone) and it's job is to convert to T3 but we may not do so efficiently. Read in link below why these two are necessary.

    The usual applies, no hormones for 24 hours and take after test. The test should be the earliest, fasting (you can drink water).

  • I done the Blue Horizon test and the GP is still reluctant to take action because the Endo said "everything is normal". The GP did take enough blood on Friday to leave me feeling dizzy. Doing a full blood count and requested vitamins. Interestingly she said the labs are reluctant to do Vit D and despite requesting the test they might not do it.

  • It's not laziness, it's low T3. :(

  • I tend to tidy up for a first visit then after that any visitors have seen it tidy then can take it as it is.

    You could always investigate 'natural' cleaning products rather than wheeze inducing chemicals. You could also be like me and make a list of what you want to do then tick things off as you do them. I have always loved lists.

  • Am certain many Hypos have varying degrees of OCD. I once made a career out of cooking/dressmaking/gardening/housework/childcare. Pleased to say that with age I am content with lower standards and a good book. So guess I am close to being optimal with my treatment 😊

  • Housework is a bore and far too energetic. A trick with the dust is to use a damp cloth then the dust doesnt just move to another spot and doesnt hang in the air and make you sneeze!!

  • Hi I have to pace myself now do an hour of house work then have an hour's coffee break though don't do as much housework now as I used to, as someone else said it will be there when your gone. I use baby nappy wipes to dust they are brilliant, good for all sorts of cleaning and no sneezing.

  • That's a good idea. You can also buy Mister Sheen dusters which are impregnated with polish and therefore a bit damp, but I bet baby wipes are cheaper, so I'll probably be switching to them!

  • It's funny how you can feel Isolated thinking it's just you and then you see many people in the same boat.

    Thanks for the feedback

  • It's always good to share a problem ThyroidWilma then it is halved.

    I grew up being told to keep things to myself,however I now know better.I have my husband in care at the moment because the hospital discharged him.I spend a few hours every afternoon with him ,but am grateful for the respite in between.I do not have the energy that the young nurses have and realise that it would be hard on me to have him home,for which I feel guilty. However,when shopping for him yesterday I met a friend and we had time for a coffee.All her problems came tumbling out too.( I haven't done a thing like that in years)

    Keep sharing things with us when you have a need....we have the same needs too.x

  • Aww sending hugs for your husband and one for you too. It's is good to chat

  • Thanks so much for your good wishes .I shall be thinking of you tomorrow as I definitely need to get a duster and vacuum cleaner out🙆X

  • This has been worrying me a lot recently. We have a huge amount of clutter, and dust acumulates...I used to have help with the house, one hour a week and reasonably priced, from Age UK (you only have to be over 50), but the lady had to leave through illness. I can't bear the thought of someone new - I've never liked having people working in the house - don't know if that's a symptom? - so haven't been able to force myself to find anyone else. My son's room is appalling!!!

  • I stopped having people round, it was easier! i visit friends or meet out for coffee. All my friends know not to call round uninvited as it sets me off. I use to be OCD about cleaning but my husband makes such a mess, i gave up as too tired. He now understands how tired i get with my thyroid and he has got better (not great but better) I tried having a cleaner but hated it, that unsettled me lol xx

  • I have the same problem! Some bits of the house haven't been cleaned for three years since my mother died. I'm now caring for my soon to be 90 yr old father and I'm panicking as we're going to have a party for him in two weeks time and I need the house cleaned and sorted and I haven't got the energy to do it! Didn't know Age UK helped people! Will try them! I'm 65. ☺️

  • The service is called Home Help Plus (as far as I remember!). I assume it's countrywide, but they can get very busy. Hope they can help.

  • I used to be a clean freak. It killed my back but I loved the shiny look and spring cleaned regularly Now it's just soo hard My RA causes such heat intolerance etc

    I was ready to move last year to somewhere low maintenance but didn't go through because of low energy This house is getting me down its never been so shaby and neglected but we're trying to try do one room at a time we being my husband I love Shaw's post there's a poem "Dust if you must" Its a problem when you have health issues. And illness creeps up without warning.

  • Now this is my type of poem! Thank you Mintychristine :)

    Dust if You Must

    Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better

    To paint a picture, or write a letter,

    Bake a cake, or plant a seed;

    Ponder the difference between want and need?

    Dust if you must, but there’s not much time,

    With rivers to swim, and mountains to climb;

    Music to hear, and books to read;

    Friends to cherish, and life to lead.

    Dust if you must, but the world’s out there

    With the sun in your eyes, and the wind in your hair;

    A flutter of snow, a shower of rain,

    This day will not come around again.

    Dust if you must, but bear in mind,

    Old age will come and it’s not kind.

    And when you go (and go you must)

    You, yourself, will make more dust.

    By Rose Milligan

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