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Jun 22, 2011 - 34 comments

I wanted to warn all of my MH friends about a potentially dangerous product out there.  We need to contact manufacturers, our Congress members, anyone who will listen to educate the public about this danger!  I'm actually the latest victim, with a back injury and subsequent Sciatica.  These products are made by different companies, so you have to check your homes and see what brand you have so you know who to contact.

The dangerous product is a laundry basket.  Apparently, the user is not supposed to overfill the basket with 15 loads of laundry and then attempt to pick it up.  I'm angry because there was NO warning label indicating to me the proper and safe use of said basket.  I would personally like to see these (and the related laundry chore) outlawed all together but I think we could at least push for stronger legislation on how these products are managed.

I received a medical cleearance, absolving me of ANY clothes washing or laundry tasks for the rest of my life, so I'll be safe, but I worry about all of you.  We need to come together and protect each other.  Since this happened to me yesterday, my eyes have been opened to the scary and dangerous world of household chores.  The laundry basket is the tip of the iceberg.  Dishwashers are unsafe also, the dishes can be HOT and slippery when the machine is unloaded!  Even washing dishes by hand gives no safety guarantees, as the dish soap could EASILY find its way into a cut and sting like mad.  Plus, now with my back injury, I've been advised not to lift anything heavy, so I'm not even taking a chance!  A wet and soapy dishcloth is heavy!

Running the sweeper is another task that really should be outlawed.  It's heavy, cumbersome, and the dirt cup/bag that requires emptying produces dust in the air that NONE of us should be exposed to!  Imagine those with allergies!  It's just irresponsible of the founder of household chores to expect us to put ourselves in harm's way each and every day.

I will continnue my fight against this outrage, and I would like to hear from all of you YOUR take on these dangers and other household chores YOU feel threatens our well being!  We'll band together and put a stop to this madness!  I've started with a laundry basket, but will not stop until we are safe in our homes.  Safe in our newly dirty homes.

LAUNDRY BASKETS ARE UNSAFE!  BAN LAUNDRY  (<--------I'm having bumper stickers made of this catch phrase, please contact me if you are interested in ordering one)

Thanks for listening and supporting this important cause!!

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by juandos1980, Jun 22, 2011

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by LIZZIE LOU, Jun 22, 2011
ROFL...amen sista ! !

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by nursegirl6572, Jun 22, 2011
I'm thinking of organizing a march, but I want it to be peaceful.  I don't think my message would be respected by burning vacuums, ya know?  ;0)

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by IBKleen, Jun 22, 2011
I too fell victim to the "Laundry Basket Scheme" and found myself in traction and one year later---reconstructive back surgery. That was 26 years ago and I still suffer with the pain today.

Just a thought, but I think the man who invented the bra also was the man who decided dirty laundry should be kept in a plastic bucket at ankle level to the body.

I would support the march if you organize it but I am afraid I will need to participate in my jazzy, instead of on foot, if that is okay. I am behind you and gotta say---YOU GO GIRL!!

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by margypops, Jun 22, 2011
hahah Not me I do it in' bits'  good journal

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by dominosarah, Jun 22, 2011
Does MH have a tracker for this?  Please look in the yellow pages for support groups.  You dont have to live like this anymore!!!!!!!!!!!  LOL

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by bbxx, Jun 22, 2011
this is great. lol

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by Mom2four85, Jun 22, 2011
while we're at it, let's add sweeping & mopping to the you know how many times my spine scrapes on my bone spurs; or the herniated discs pull even farther out when I even attempt to sweep or mop... I learned awhile ago not to lift those evil baskets...even the thought makes me cringe...bending over to put stuff in the oven should be outlawed too, sometimes I can't get back up and stay stuck at bending level or burn my face/hands and the heat from the oven makes me faint...I don't even want to get started on cleaning the bathrooms =)

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by frank_noahsmommy, Jun 22, 2011

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by beau194, Jun 22, 2011
HaHaHa. This is a great cause. You can count me in. Can we add clothes hangers (I have mental anguish from trying to untangle them), brooms and mops (I have to have music to get the rythm right), trash cans (I pulled a muscle), lawn mowers (I burned my hand on the exhaust), weedeaters ( I whacked my leg), leaf blowers (I'm addicted to their power) and garden hoses (I get water in my eyes)?

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by specialmom, Jun 22, 2011
Oh, okay.  This is probably my most favorite journal of all time here at med help!  Show me the dotted line and I'll sign for your cause!  

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by Weffette, Jun 22, 2011
ROFLMAO      Love it!!!   I enjoy making Holloween costumes and one idea I had was to be an overturned laundry basket!  LOL

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by nursegirl6572, Jun 22, 2011
I'm so pleased so many of you are on board for my cause!  Wahoo!

Sarah...I think a tracker is a GREAT idea.  I'm going to submit a request!  I hope Cheryl can push it through!

In wandering aimlessly around my unkept home this morning (and after taking a pain pill for my horrid LB related injury)...I have discovered yet more hazards that need addressed....

1.  Toilet brushes are hopelessly flawed.  It is impossible to clean your potty and then remove the icky brush without dripping unsafe and infectious water back onto the bowl/rim,  This causes an unsafe situation because then you have to bend over (back injury) to clean the drips by hand.  Then, there is always the risk of splash-back while cleaning.  I'm sure, as a medical professional, that getting that water into your eyes would cause malaria, the croup, or possibly both.  

2.  Back to the dishwasher.  On top of the dangers I've already outlined, one runs the risk of sustaining a serious laceration trying to grab utensils (ie sharp knives) that the person who loaded the machine (husbands) surely put in sharp side up.  Also, my DW has managed to somehow rot away causing the prongs to rust and become lethal weapons.  I have ended up with at LEAST a 3 cm wound as a result of trying to load/unload it.  It almost bled a little.  Scary!

3.  Dusting.  I shouldn't be forced to endure a tickly nose every time I try to dust the surfaces of my home every 12 months.  This causes sneezing and eye waterig, which compunds the dishwasher issue.  It's hard to safely unload sharp and breakable items when your eyes are watering and your vision is affected.

4.  Mopping.  Dare I even go there?  Let's slosh an already dirty (because how do you really CLEAN a mop?), soaking wet, heavy, awkward item around with only a skinny pole to hold.  Then let's pray to the heavens that the 4 hours you've allowed the floor to "dry" is sufficient enough before you re-enter the room.  I mean, the potential for serious injury here is just unacceptable.  The risks are many...from the possibility of becoming impaled on the handle (which undoubtedly has suffered a failure of the protective rubber end coming off 5 days after purchase) is one danger, and the most obvious is the chance that one will break their neck on the "nowhere nearly dried" floor.  My husband tried to remedy this for me by purchasing an industrial grade mop and bucket (NO LIE) with the big mop sqeezing handle/lever and everything.  The whole package is on wheels and is bright yellow for safety.  That's awesome, however, the set up is so large that I tripped on the bucket/mop combo and sustained a bruise as a result.  I give the manufacturer credit for placing a warning on the side of the bucket along with a picture of a man who appears to be falling, or dancing..however, the warning states "cuidado" and I don't speak Mandarin.    Therefore, mopping needs to be added to our "bucket" list (pun intended).

5.  Last one for now.  Cleaning the microwave.  When it is really dirty, it requires heavier manpower to SOS pad.  Problem with that is...SOS pads leave behind strands of metal, and supposedly metal objects are prohibited in the microwave.  I found that out the hard way when heating some spaghetti-o's, which, BTW, are horribly flamable.

Keep the ideas coming,  We NEED to stand up for ourselves and for our safety.  We have to force changes to be made before ONE more person gets hurt.

On an informational basis...So I can add something positive to this conversation, I WILL say that the Swiffer products are great.  The soft surfaces are very safe and quite easy to use.  The only downfall with them is once they get misplaced and end up under the still have to risk hurting yourself trying to retrieve it.  The longer it sits under the couch, the more "dust" (and poptarts) adhere to it. It really is a dust magnet.  I was thinking of just placing them under my furniture, like you would do with those ant traps.  I could only imagine the dust bunnies i could catch...and my kids like bunnies a whole lot, so that's a win-win situation for me.

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by jimi1822, Jun 22, 2011
LoL, Very Funny Journal =o)

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by MissMalibu, Jun 22, 2011
Now, that is what I thought children were for!  They are low enough to the ground that there is no chance of possible injury.

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by Maybe-baby, Jun 22, 2011
Bumper sticker PLEASE!!!

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by nursegirl6572, Jun 22, 2011 are so right.  I've tested many of these danger theories by having my daughter do it first.  She's smaller, fits in tighter spaces, and being a lot smaller than an adult, she probably has a lot less blood in her body, therefore she wouldn't bleed as much in the event of an injury.

She is also much more limber and is great at bending and stretching in ways I can't.  She is a typical 13 year old in that she refuses to be too helpful around the house, therefore, I say partial blame goes to her for my back injury.  I bet SHE could have lifted that overstuffed laundry basket.  Maybe I'll do a test run now and assign her some chores.

That gives me an idea for a second bumper sticker...

"Save yourself an injury and have your children do the chores"

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by nursegirl6572, Jun 22, 2011
And lauren, I shall put you on the list for the bumper sticker.  A t-shirt is in the works as well if you're interested.

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by Changingtohope, Jun 22, 2011
too funny!

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by nursegirl6572, Jun 22, 2011
There, I added a photo to the original journal.  I'm working on designs for the shirts.

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by Mom2four85, Jun 22, 2011
this has got to be the single best journal i've ever seen lol wow thanks I really needed something to make me laugh today...the follow up comments and picture have left me laughing so hard I fell off my chair...can I add that as a danger?

I think we should write a manual/handbook and start a website =)

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by nursegirl6572, Jun 22, 2011
LOL, thanks Mom (that's weird, I feel like I'm talking to my Mother...ha ha).

Laughing is my favorite thing to do, so I'm glad I was able to bring you a few.  

I should probably add a disclaimer though, that the readers will not hold me accountable for any injury related to viewing this journal.  

And, my goodness!  You fell off your chair?  Throw it away!  I sit at my computer in a lazy boy with a tightly fastened seatbelt and helmet.

GEEZ!  be careful!

(Wait till greenlydia comes along...her sense of humor requires adult diapers.  I can't wait until she chimes in.)

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by danie17075rm, Jun 22, 2011
OMGosh, thanks for the info.  I hadn't realized the extreme danger I have been placing myself in!  Not to mention, picking up laundry and loading it in the washer, taking it out and loading it in the dryer.  All that bending and lifting is terrible for the back.  PLUS, we have to expose ourselves to the soapy chemicals and sometimes even bleach.  I am going to ban these activities starting today.  What an unsafe world we live in.  Unfortunately this will lead me to sit on my butt all day eating chocolate.  Ahh, oh well at least I'll be safe!

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by Emily_MHManager, Jun 22, 2011
I think you need to add cleaning the tub/shower and mopping floors to this list.  Oh and bringing groceries in and putting them away needs to be added.

Folding laundry can cause repetitive use injuries, I'm sure.  


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by nursegirl6572, Jun 22, 2011
Thank you girls!  I will add those items to the dissertation I am preparing for President Obama right away.  

Danie...I have already adopted a "Just say no" attitude since my horrible injury yesterday. I'm so glad to hear others are joining in the fight.

I am going to ask for government funding for our bon bon supply as that is intregal to this process!

It is a terribly scary and unsafe world..isn't it?

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by margypops, Jun 22, 2011
and ironing may burn you ...oh yuck do folks still do ironing ...

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by gymdandee, Jun 22, 2011
Marg, One moment please!! I'll go along with all of this so long as you don't put a ban on SEX!! I will not speak for the other men but Marg you know me I can't live without that :>)

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by nursegirl6572, Jun 22, 2011
I'm sorry, gym, but being that in so many cases, the MEN aren't the ones putting themselves in danger doing these tasks, something has to "give" other words, we'll have to stop "giving", if ya know what I mean.  It's going to be an official clause in the proposed legistation entitled "Nursegirl vs the Laundry Basket, Keeping the Home Safe".

Thanks for understanding our position.  Hope you can find another "outlet" (not the electrical kind).

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by adgal, Jun 22, 2011
Well, they have self cleaning ovens...I demand a self cleaning house!!  Would be nice to have something useful invented for a change. Nurse, could you please fax me a copy of that letter absolving you of these duties?  For privacy you should probably white out (not black out please) your name....just out of curiousity of course.  I would never dream of adding my own name.....

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by narla, Jun 22, 2011
Women of the world united against the dangers of housework.
It's about time LOL

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by gymdandee, Jun 23, 2011
adgal, Sure and next you'll want men to self pleasure ourselves! LOL,LOL :>)

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by lynn57, Jul 17, 2011
If this post saves just ONE life, it will have been worth the effort.  Thank God I live in a no-bake zone or we could add another hazard to the list.

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by aheart, May 04, 2012
This was a scream! Sorry I missed it-sign me up too!! I believe my vaccuum cleaner is one of the worst offenders!! GO!

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by nursegirl6572, May 04, 2012
Glad you liked it, aheart.  I JUST got around to accepting friend requests here dated back to 2009 (no lie). My pc is slow and that process takes forever, so now that I've added more MH friends, more people can take a stand against housework!  ;0)

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