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lynne Tue 22-Dec-15 17:20:07

Would anyone else admit to the fact that they sit down in the bath whilst having an overhead shower, can't be bothered standing....having struggled to get into the bath and get out......Grief I'm only 63

Ana Tue 22-Dec-15 17:26:27

Goodness, no! I'd find it far harder to get up again after sitting down in the bath than I do to stand up under the shower for a few minutes...hmm

Indinana Tue 22-Dec-15 17:33:26

I couldn't possibly do that - like Ana, I'd find it far too hard to get up again. At the moment, this is particularly true, because yesterday evening as I was coming down the stairs - quite normally, not rushing or taking them two at a time (I wish!!) - as I bent my right knee I had a sudden excruciating pain rip right through my knee joint, so much so that I cried out quite loudly and my DH came rushing to help me down the stairs. Since then I've been unable to bend that knee. Getting in the bath to have a shower this morning was challenging! As long as I keep the leg more or less straight, I am managing. Even walked around Tavistock this afternoon, and did some shopping in Lidl's on the way home.

Indinana Tue 22-Dec-15 17:34:04

(Why has this been posted in Blogs? confused)

tanith Tue 22-Dec-15 17:40:06

I haven't been able to sit down and get up again in the bath for 10yrs and I'm 67, my knees and hips just won't bend enough anymore because of 'arthur', we had our bath removed and a walk in shower put in..

Bellanonna Tue 22-Dec-15 17:57:21

I only sit down in the bath if there's water in it. To get out I have to turn myself onto my knees. Its painful but I manage. If that's how you prefer to shower, though, Lynne then it's ok. Whatever suits you really. I'd have thought standing for a few minutes would be easier, but If you can manage your way, go on enjoying it.
Indinana, poor you. I hope the pain passes soon. If you could walk around you'll probably be ok. Hope it's much better by Christmas Day.

jinglbellsfrocks Tue 22-Dec-15 18:10:19

I would hate to have a shower whilst sitting down. Just so wrong! tchgrin I prefer a smallish bath followed by a (standing up!) shower off.

I only find it hard to get out of a bath if it is one of those huge ones you sometimes get in holiday cottages. Then I have to go onto my knees first.

Indinana Tue 22-Dec-15 18:10:21

Thanks Bella. As long as I remember not to try bending it, I'll be fine.

merlotgran Tue 22-Dec-15 18:13:07

After years of struggling to stand in the bath to have a shower we now have a lovely new shower room. No more baths to clean thank you very much.

Indinana Tue 22-Dec-15 18:37:06

I'm just a teeny bit green with tchenvy merlot

Charleygirl Tue 22-Dec-15 21:55:17

I had the same problem as tanith so a few years ago I had my bath removed and a walk in shower fitted also. I also bought a stool because I cannot stand for long. It has made such a difference- it is so easy now.

Treebee Tue 22-Dec-15 22:04:33

I hate showers. How do you clean your feet and your bits? I get water in my eyes and go blind groping around for the shower gel. I love to languish and relax in the bath.

Ana Tue 22-Dec-15 22:13:13

I don't see why you can't wash your 'bits' in a shower just as well as in a bath! You don't actually need to douche...

I can see that feet might be a problem if you can't lift them up to soap between the toes etc., but you can get knobbly foot pads to stand on which are supposed to help.

Elegran Tue 22-Dec-15 22:20:32

If you have a grab handle you can hold on to that while you wash your bits and lift a foot to where you can reach it. I hate showers that only spray vertically down on the top of your head, as I don't like water pouring down my face, so I have one that can angle towards the back of my head and my shoulders.

tanith Tue 22-Dec-15 22:22:46

Whats difficult about washing 'bits' and feet in the shower? Millions of people manage perfectly well. I suppose drop your sponge or scrunchy onto the floor to clean feet if its difficult for you but aren't your 'bits' always within reach?

Ana Tue 22-Dec-15 22:26:06

Me too, Elegran - in fact I never wash my face or hair in the shower, that's a separate exercise!

Katek Tue 22-Dec-15 22:27:33

Haven't had a bath in around 30 years......have a 'thing' about sitting in dirty water! Yeuch! Give me a shower any time.

Anya Tue 22-Dec-15 22:37:31

Love a shower first thing in the morning. No problem washing my hair and 'bits' hmm but then I do have long arms ?

Baths are best for a nice relaxing soak, preferably in the evening, then changed into PJs and big furry dressing gown and big furry slippers.

"What big, fluffy feet you have grandma grin"

granjura Tue 22-Dec-15 22:57:10

Have a shower every morning- just can't do without one- standing of course- just don't get the idea of sitting down for a shower?!?

Rarely have a bath these days as my bad knee makes it difficult to get out again. BUT good job I learnt a great tip when learning to snowboard in my 50s . lol- best way to get up is to turn over on your stomach and get up on knees- extend good leg to end of bath for safe 'stop' and up- easy peasy.

merlotgran Tue 22-Dec-15 23:08:42

Our shower head is angled so it's easy to wash you hair if you stand with your back to it. Same effect as a backwash at the hairdresser.

Nelliemoser Tue 22-Dec-15 23:55:28

I am lucky in that I can still sit in the bath but I cannot sit with my legs out in front of me as it makes my back hurt. It's lie down in the bath or nothing. I usually shower.

rosesarered Wed 23-Dec-15 00:23:01

Never liked having a bath, always too hot or too cold, but with a shower you get it just right.Never thought to sit down but you can buy a folding stool to sit on in the shower if you really have to.??????

suzied Wed 23-Dec-15 03:51:06

I never have a bath unless I am on holiday in a nice hotel. At home I have a lovely walk in shower with an overhead rain head and an angled head so you can choose whether or not to get your hair wet. You can get shower seats if you want to sit down I have seen them occasionally in Lidl.

absent Wed 23-Dec-15 04:29:52

I don't think that I have had a bath for at least two and a half years, probably longer, but I do shower every morning. (Bath and shower are separate in this house and in the last two in which I lived.) I don't have a problem getting in or out of a bath but just prefer the quick convenience of a shower in the morning.

OlderNoWiser Wed 23-Dec-15 09:47:40

Give me a nice, relaxing, hot foam bath any day - Molton Brown bubbles, a few candles, a neck pillow, a glass of chilled white on the side ... what's not to like about that?