my old bones are getting tired

United States
November 15, 2007 6:18pm CST
Although I really enjoy my job, I am not sure how long my old bones will be able to endure this type of work. I believe that I have a touch of arthritis in my knees and hips. There are times that I ache so bad that all I want to do is sit in a lazy chair and wrap up in a warm blanket. I take ibuprofen for the pain. It helps somewhat to dull the pain. Working weekends is not easy for me. My body protests when I work for 6 days straight. I would like to talk to my supervisor about the possibility of working just a normal work week of Monday-Friday and having every weekend off. I believe there are other people who only work Monday thru Friday. Maybe I should wait to talk to her. But, I am not sure my body agrees with that thought.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
16 Nov 07
My bones and your bones should take nice long vacation together! I know where you're coming from, up until two years ago I was delivering mail often 9-10 hours a day, six days a week. For me it was the combination of walking all those hours and all those miles plus carrying the heavy bags, the harsh weather conditions and all the bending and lifting. For you it's many of the same conditions, especially bending and lifting. Our bodies aren't meant for this kind of abuse, let's face it! I hope yu do get your work schedule cut back a bit, Hon, because you're going to pay for it more and more as time goes by. I wouldn't wait very long, your bones are talking to you! Annie
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• United States
16 Nov 07
I don't want to become one of their clients!
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
16 Nov 07
Sorry that you are feeling so bad. Maybe if you talk to her, and she needs you on Sat., you could get two days in a row somewhere else during the week.
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• United States
16 Nov 07
I have clients that I see on a regular basis. They all look forward to my visits as I do too. But, working the weekend is becoming a hardship on me.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
16 Nov 07
You can only ask Elusive and see what she says There is no harm in asking she can only say yes or no and if it is affecting you bad to work that much you must do something about it
16 Nov 07
work is dull,but,it can take your money.that is important.
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
16 Nov 07
I know exactly what you are talking about. It is no fun to get over 40. :) It seems that my body aches more each year and the cold only makes it worse. I think you should talk to your Supervisor if that is what your heart and body is telling you to do. I know it is hard but we are not 18 anymore. :)
• United States
16 Nov 07
Quit your job, and start actively investing. Great way to make money without even leaving your chair!
@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
20 Nov 07
I can so relate to this. I have the motivation to do the chores sometimes but I get knocked up at the drop of a hat. Today was a good day. I swept the hall carpet (does a better job than the vacuum) and the carpet in the office. I cleaned the cobwebs in those rooms, and tidied the office and put stuff away. I swept the loo and bathroom and scrubbed and mopped the floors, I hung a tapestry in my room, swept the floor, dusted and cleaned the window sills. I did 3 loads of laundry and the dishes. I could keep going but this isn't always the case. Prior to this burst of energy all I've wanted to do is sleep. My neck and shoulders and back have been so painful whenever I try to do anything. My knees and hips are always hurting. When I was working I took 3 paracetomol before work to keep the pain at bay. They work because if I forget them, I'm r/s. Just be careful. You don't want to give your boss the idea you can't manage the work and may become a liability.
• United States
18 Nov 07
As some one who also suffers hip and knee pain I fully understand your situation. There are days I just don't think I can get up and start moving. You don't mention what kind of work you do or how old you are so I am wondering if it is time to find a less physical job? I can really sympathize with you on this one. Hopefully today won't feel so painful. Hugs
@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
16 Nov 07
I know how you feel. I'm so stiff and achy I couldn't keep up with a regular work schedule now. The only thing that helps me is to get some good rest.
@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
16 Nov 07
If I recollect you are about the same age as me. I wouldn't be able to work 5 to 6 days a week, at a physical job. I have not been officially diagnosed with arthritis, although years ago I was told I had the beginnings of arthritis in my back & neck. I know I am slowing down. Some days in winter I am quite stiff! So, what I am saying is, I can see that it may be too much for you to work that many hours. Speak to your supervisor. If they are not cooperative you may need a certificate from your Doctor.
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
16 Nov 07
Hello elusive butterfly. It is really too hard a job for to work for six days straight as you are now suffering from arthritis in your knees and hips. So I suggest that you not always sit at your table working for so many hours a day, but stand up and walk around for some time to make yourself feel better from sitting too long. Stay healthy, dear friend.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
16 Nov 07
Perhaps you should have that talk with your supervisor, Elusive. What you are feeling can lead to stress, and that is not good. Most of us have to slow down a bit as we get older, and it is nothing to be ashamed of. Put yourself first. Do not make too many demands on your body and it will thank you for it.
@GardenGerty (101748)
• United States
16 Nov 07
I know what you mean, especially with the colder weather. You like what you do, but not what it does to you. Sometimes it is a hard financial decision to make. It took you a long while to find this job, and you need the money while your hubby has seasonal work. Are there things you can do to ease your body besides the ibuprofen?