To all petite stature persons

  1. Does anyone else have the problem that when they sit in the chair that their legs don't touch the floor when they sit all the way back, and if they sit in a chair forward so the legs do touch the floor you get permanent bruises or spider veins on the back of the thigh. And yes this is a problem with all chairs, so finding a good chair just doesn't cut it. Anyone else had this happen and what did they do about it.
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  2. 24 Comments

  3. by   Q.
    I've had that problem Moon! That and also having scrub pants be entirely too long!

    I haven't figured out what to do about it - other than moan and groan and tan my legs to hide the bruises.
  4. by   Q.
    Hey Moon - I just realized you are also from the state that houses the fattest people and uses the least amount of soap!

    Where are ya??
  5. by   moonshadeau
    Near Eau Claire. But I don't classify myself as a Wisconsinite.? You don't after moving 14 times in 22 years.
  6. by   moonshadeau
    And I do use soap, most of the time. And I have to say the fat issue comes from having 10 fast food restaurants in a town of 1000 people.
  7. by   duckie
    I am only 5'2" tall and the biggest problem I have is trying to get my supplies from the shelves at work. The 2 LN's on day shift are much taller so everything is organized to fit their height. I am very lucky to have a couple of taller CNA's that think it's just so cute that "MOM" is so short and cannot reach anything and they are more than happy to retrieve the things I need. The whole world is set up for taller people. I cannot tell you how many times I've stood in the grocery store, busting my gut trying to get something. But I have to say, even the taller woman are really nice and if they see me struggling they'll ask if they can help. I thank them kindly and assure them I will grow up someday. Folks are pretty nice if you give them a chance. I gave up trying to reach the floor from my chairs long ago, just let 'em dangle and hope I don't fall on my face when I try to stand up and my legs are numb!
  8. by   moonshadeau
    I so know what you mean. My IV's never seem to work within my arm's length. I always end up standing on the IV pole to reach the IV. My patients always say to me, Don't fall, I need you. And lets not even discuss the clothing situation.
  9. by   night owl
    I'm only 5' and to reach anything is a pain in my arse!!! I look like Edith Ann from Saturday night live when sitting on the couch, my pants are always too long, so I've become an expert at hemming them. Grocery shopping...Everything is always up on the top and in the back, so I bring my 15 y/o son to get it all. He's 5'10". At work I had to bring a step stool and climb for everything to solve that problem. In my next life, I want to be 6' and RICH!!!
  10. by   moonshadeau
    I keep asking for 6 inches for christmas but santa always ignores me. Just 6 inches. To only think how tall I will be in 60 years. to make it worse, my 14 year old sister keeps asking me when I going to be taller than her.
  11. by   kewlnurse
    I might be able to help out with the 6", maybe a little more
  12. by   leesonlpn
    Hey - I'm telling your mom
  13. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Kewlnurse, LOL!

    OK ladies, I hear your arguement. But I must tell you there is a flip side to it. I'm 5'11", and have been so since the 6th grade! If I had a quarter for every time I've heard "how's the weather up there", I"d be filthy rich. My ankles are constantly exposed in those new fashionably long pants everyone are wearing, and don't even get me started on scrubs! And all those chairs around the nurses station that are lowered to a foot off the ground for the petite statured nurses make me look like I'm sitting on juvenile furniture with my knees tucked under my chin. And when I'm dealing with patients, I either take the LONG time it requires to slowly raise the bed to a level that's comfortable for me, or I bend halfway over to get to them.

    The grass is always greener on the other side, ladies!

    Heather
  14. by   leesonlpn
    sob sob!Do you know how humiliating it is to be 43 years old and still have to get a chair to reach the cookie jar!Counselling helps a little, I think I can get over it.I just take six cookies while I'm up there so I don't have to make any return trips.

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