Arthritic haulage

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stickywicket
stickywicket Member Posts: 27,731
edited 12. May 2014, 13:50 in Living with Arthritis archive
I have just been informed that the venue for the post-christening nosh-up that we are attending tomorrow is upstairs with no lift. I have been promised manhandling facilities with the men of my choice :D Assuming a minimum of two and a maximum of three (I don't think I could cope with more than three blokes at once :wink: ) who would be your hauliers of choice?

I am considering:

1. The guy at Schipol airport who once helped me up the steps of a Fokker. (Great, safe, delightfully intimate technique.)

2. Alistair Cook. (A safe pair of hands – not to mention the rather dishy rest.)

3. You know, a third might just get in the way. I guess I could have Mr SW to hold my drink. (Memo to self - just the one drink before ascending the stairs. We don't want a repeat of what happened with D, C and the champagne :oops: )
If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you.
Steven Wright
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  • mig
    mig Member Posts: 7,154
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Have I got to be serious ? Or can I fantasise ? 8) Mig
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,731
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    :? Where's the fun in being serious, mig? Let's face it, I'm probably going to get a couple of boring blokes of my own age. Let fantasy reign :lol:

    (P.S. You? Serious?? When did this happen :wink: )
    If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you.
    Steven Wright
  • Slosh
    Slosh Member Posts: 3,194
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Colin Firth and Johnny Depp for me please
    He did not say you will not be storm tossed, you will not be sore distressed, you will not be work weary. He said you will not be overcome.
    Julian of Norwich
  • mig
    mig Member Posts: 7,154
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Dressed in lycra ? Mig
  • Slosh
    Slosh Member Posts: 3,194
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    I was thinking Mr Darcy (wet shirt) and Jack Sparrow!
    Alternatively, or just for the fun of it, Liam Neeson and Bill Nighy
    Well a girl can dream!
    He did not say you will not be storm tossed, you will not be sore distressed, you will not be work weary. He said you will not be overcome.
    Julian of Norwich
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,731
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Slosh wrote:
    Alternatively, or just for the fun of it, Liam Neeson and Bill Nighy

    Are you implying, Slosh, that the other two were serious choices :lol: Yes, I'll go with any of them.

    Mig - the tightest of lycra, of course :wink:
    If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you.
    Steven Wright
  • Boomer13
    Boomer13 Member Posts: 1,931
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Thongs only, Sticky? :wink:
  • DebbieT
    DebbieT Member Posts: 1,033
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    Being awfully practical I'd 'need' Thor & the Hulk :D:lol: (New Marvel actors only mind you :shock:)

    If I was a svelte beauty ( :lol: ) I'd love them to be Ian Somerhalder:
    http://m.imdb.com/name/nm0813812/mediaindex/rm3516901632?photoId=MV5BMTUzOTMyMzQwOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjU4NDY0OA

    & Stephen Amell:
    http://m.imdb.com/name/nm1854386/mediaindex/rm385013504?photoId=MV5BMjM4MTUyMTI2NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTUwNTIwMTE

    I'd be very happy if my choices wore as little as possible :D YUM :D

    Thank you SW. Have fun tomorrow :wink:

    Xxx xxX
    Healing Hugs
    Debbie.x
  • applerose
    applerose Member Posts: 3,621
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    :lol::lol: You lot make me laugh. I think I'd have to have Enrique Engesias and Gino de Campo but I rather like the look of one of yours Debbie, Ian Somerhalder. Cor!
    Christine
  • mig
    mig Member Posts: 7,154
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Blimey Debbie think you're going to have a fight on your hands ,wonder what he looks like in Lycra. Mig
  • Numptydumpty
    Numptydumpty Member Posts: 6,417
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Denzel Washington on one side, Gary Barlow on the other, and because I'm confident I could manage three at once, Ray Winstone, shoving gently from behind. :D
  • mig
    mig Member Posts: 7,154
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    Ooooh Numps. 8) Mig
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,731
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    Denzel Washington on one side, Gary Barlow on the other, and because I'm confident I could manage three at once, Ray Winstone, shoving gently from behind. :D

    Oh I do like a spot of self-confidence. Go for it, Numpty!

    The shove from behind is very reassuring but sooo distracting :oops: I once had my rear end shoved onto a coach by a rather lovely priest and into a high taxi by a very kind driver. (No thongs, though, Anna :shock: ) Should we start a thread 'The Compensations of Arthritis' :lol:
    If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you.
    Steven Wright
  • DebbieT
    DebbieT Member Posts: 1,033
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    I'd like to think I'm generally a nice person but I really don't know if I could cope with sharing Ian, Applerose :shock: :wink:
    He's my favourite Vampire Nom Nom 8) :wink:

    Lycra .... Mig, you are a worry :lol: SW I fear thongs are just as bad :o:lol:

    How about sharing Chris Hemsworth :Dhttp://m.imdb.com/name/nm1165110/mediaindex/rm2364977920?photoId=MV5BMTg3NDA3MTU3MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTIwNTUwNw Thor is phwoar :wink:

    & Jensen Ackles
    http://m.imdb.com/name/nm0010075/mediaindex/rm306291968?photoId=MV5BMTcxMDk3NTgzNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTUzNzY3OQ

    Or perhaps The Braxton Brothers :wink:
    http://wwwcdn.channel5.com/assets/images/000/046/967/full_left_column_1024x576_RiverBoys.jpg?1379326362

    I could do this all day long :D

    Xx xX
    Healing Hugs
    Debbie.x
  • toady
    toady Member Posts: 2,289
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Interesting.. is it only me that in this sort of situation has a strict policy that no-one is even coming anywhere near me that is younger fitter & better-looking than I am? Boring blokes my own age & preferably older would be compulsory!

    That runs across the board, so yes I do know I'm running into very unsustainable odds, with taxi drivers delivery drivers postmen doctors dentists and the like. I'm all set to turn into one of those old ladies who refuses to see young Dr so-and-so :lol: so it's probably just as well I have no plans for longevity. :wink:
  • barbara12
    barbara12 Member Posts: 21,281
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    oooh...George Clooney...and the one with the long hair in the three Musketeers..and the butler in Downton abbey..I do have a broad scope when it come to men... :lol: you enjoy....
    Love
    Barbara
  • Slosh
    Slosh Member Posts: 3,194
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    Well they do say that variety is the spice of life
    He did not say you will not be storm tossed, you will not be sore distressed, you will not be work weary. He said you will not be overcome.
    Julian of Norwich
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,731
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    OK so I ended up with Mr SW and his oldest, best friend :roll: However, they are well-practised in the art of manhandling me and shot me up the stairs with only three brief pauses when I laughted so much I missed the next step. I got to the top before discovering the loos were at the bottom so just a couple of glasses for me. Going down is much easier as it is gravity assisted. I just need Mr SW on the step below me to steady me and provide a soft landing if it all goes belly up which, in all these years, it hasn't done.

    No-one 'younger, fitter or better-looking ' Toady? Blimey! I'd never have gone anywhere or done anything for most of my life. Arthritis is restricting enough without imposing further limits on ourselves. We are all much more than our disease. Enjoy the perks, I say – especially when they're young, fit and good-looking :wink:
    If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you.
    Steven Wright
  • Slosh
    Slosh Member Posts: 3,194
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    I must say that having a young and rather sexy male physio didcmake my first session of deep/soft tissue massage slightly more bearable, especially when he told me to rest my head on his arm
    He did not say you will not be storm tossed, you will not be sore distressed, you will not be work weary. He said you will not be overcome.
    Julian of Norwich
  • ichabod6
    ichabod6 Member Posts: 843
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Realistic or fantasy me and my grandson could have done it.
    He would have lifted and carried you; I would come along for the,
    hopefully,free booze.
  • toady
    toady Member Posts: 2,289
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    No-one 'younger, fitter or better-looking ' Toady? Blimey! I'd never have gone anywhere or done anything for most of my life. Arthritis is restricting enough without imposing further limits on ourselves. We are all much more than our disease. Enjoy the perks, I say – especially when they're young, fit and good-looking :wink:

    Well I did give the slight caveat of 'in these sort of situations'; and having had arthritis for a relatively short time, I've been lucky not to have to work round too many of them. But for me it's t'other way round to your argument - arthritis is restricting enough without me courting situations that will rub my nose in my limitations. I will just sit there like a nasty old cat with my fur being rubbed up the wrong way, so for me, that's not a perk. :wink: Cutting my nose off to spite my face, you say? Oh yes. Is it a good attitude? I daresay not, but perversely I get something out of it, so you pays your money & you takes your choice. :D

    Glad it all worked out :D
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,731
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Slosh - :o Which hospital? Which physio? I need to know NOW. Please :lol:

    Ichabod – You know I'm from Yorkshire. I'm not familiar with the term 'free booze'. Could you explain it, please, preferably with a demo. Your grandson? Oooh yes please. Just name the stairs of your choice and I'll be round :lol:

    Toady – I think it's much harder when one is (a)newer to it all and (b)younger. I am neither of these but I do remember wanting, and trying, to be the same as everyone else. It hit me like a ton of bricks when I finally accepted that I was not just a bit slower, 'limpier', more tired, more in pain, with less stamina, less choice in clothes etc (just what my hands could cope with) than my contemporaries: I was actually disabled. Wham! Yet, there I was, at the other side of that chasm which the able-bodied consider divides them from 'the disabled' and I was still me and just the same. It felt oddly liberating.

    I do take your point about 'not courting situations that will rub my nose in my limitations' and I think it's a perfectly valid attitude. Alas, I'm way too far down the arthritic road to avoid them. My options are to be a recluse or to just go for it, accepting whatever help is to hand and hoping it will be 'alright on the night'. I confess I get a kick out of managing something that was not, in advance, entirely predictable. I enjoy feeling that I can still wing it.
    If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you.
    Steven Wright
  • Slosh
    Slosh Member Posts: 3,194
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    Sticywicket -not sure if I want to tell and have to share him! Mind you the after effects are starting to kick in now, time for the heat pad I think
    He did not say you will not be storm tossed, you will not be sore distressed, you will not be work weary. He said you will not be overcome.
    Julian of Norwich
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    I accept help from whoever offers it and also try to offer in return because there are still things that I can do to help others. I am also happy to ask for help (especially in supermarkets) when I cannot kneel to reach things on the bottom shelves. It must have been lovely, Sticky, to be in 'practised' hands and especially the laughter - that always makes me feel better!

    There's not getting away from it, we are different to others but we are still ourselves. We might not look how we did, move like we did, dress like we did or have the stamina that we used to possess but we are still us. And we're fabulous. Simples. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • toady
    toady Member Posts: 2,289
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    Oh I do understand the merits of being helped & helping etc..

    It's not really resentment with me, so much.. (I'm less bodily 'disabled' than I am 'someone who feels tired & unwell' - disabling by its nature). Though I was never going to be a very accepting poorly person, of any sort.

    It's more about what you used to enjoy as an individual. If you liked parties & socialising, travel, theatre, or whatever, then I see you could work around doing them differently. But I've never really had interests where the end product is more important than how I'm doing them. Helping me to do something of that sort is like offering a homing pigeon a lift.. getting there is not really the aim. (Although feeling pretty grim much of the time isn't helping my outlook, as I couldn't attend said party at the moment anyway, so it's all a bit academic. If I actually felt like going, I might mellow out a little). It's partly a matter of rejigging my thinking processes I suppose :? and I may get there but it'll be a major rewire if I ever do.

    As far as general day-to-day help, & helping others, I don't mind too much if people can do more than me - obviously not everyone can trade favours on an equal basis (not that I can do a lot for anyone just now). But I'm really, really bad at handing over my 'fun' stuff. :(

    Anyway must stop dampening sticky's thread with my mutterings. Well done to you for taking the non-reclusive option & I may join you someday, who knows. :D