Monday, March 31, 2008

Rub a dub dub

So this post is not for the squeamish. 

I have to confess that when I budget my energy allowance, sometimes I just don't feel like spending my reserves on bathing. If you think about it, there's a lot of work involved in the whole shower/bath thing. All that vigorous scrubbing and then there's the rinsing and the shampooing and the conditioner-ing and drying and, well, the list goes on and on. And don't even get me started on the whole leg shaving process. Don't panic - I won't. 

Others on the Sjogren's World forum (see my list of links) have said they have the same problem. One of their readers offered these brilliant suggestions:

1. Instead of assuming that bathing will take place in the morning, schedule bath time for a time of day when energy is relatively high. 
2. Shower/bathe every other day to prevent excess drying of skin.
3. Gather all bath items and place in a waterproof tote to reduce trips to and from the bathroom.
4. Use multi-use products, such as shampoo which has a conditioner in it, as this will save one scrub and rinse cycle. 
5. This one is my favorite - Instead of drying off vigorously with a towel after the bath/shower, invest in a thick cotton terry bathrobe. Put the robe on as soon as you leave the tub. Let the bathrobe do the work of drying you off! 
6. Consider a hair style which allows you to air dry hair rather than using a blow dryer or other styling tools. 
7. Rest after bathing before continuing your day. 

If anyone has other tips to add to the list, send them in and I will put them in a future post. 

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