Yet again today I’m feeling grateful for the small things that make the biggest difference to my life. Yes, things like my walking frame Martha and my walk-in shower have a huge, huge impact and I couldn’t imagine not having them in my life anymore, but sometimes I think the over shadow the small things that really, really help. Today for example, I am thanking my lucky stars that my family have quite a large collection of wheat bag
I know that wheat bags might not be suitable for everyone to use, and I am not a medical professional so I cannot suggest when anyone else may want to use one, or should not use them. This post is a reflection of my personal experience with wheat bags and should not be used as a replacement for medical advice.
I’ve heard people refer to them as many different things from heat cushions to heat pillows and hotties, but they all pretty much do the same thing. You pop them in the microwave for a few minutes to warm them up (like my microwave socks) and then I can put them wherever I’m feeling stiff or sore to try and sooth the problem. Some of them even come scented like lavender or vanilla, but in the end I always think that after you’ve had them a while they start to smell like popcorn. No one else agrees with me on this point but I like the aroma and I love popcorn so I don’t really mind because it makes me happy nonetheless.
On the surface I know it sounds almost no different from using a hot water bottle, but the thing is that I can’t fill one of those up for myself (not safely anyway) so when my mum introduced me to these a few years ago it was like a revelation – I could use these whenever I wanted rather than having to wait until there was someone else around! When I went to university I forgot to pack one in my suitcase and didn’t make it all the way through the year without one. I think I did manage to hold off getting one until second term though, which I was quite impressed at. Now I’ve learned my lesson and it is the first thing I pack if I know I’ll be away from home for anything longer than about four days.
This morning when I woke up with both of my hips and my neck feeling quite stiff I didn’t really think twice about hunting one down and using it. I’m not saying that they are the best thing for everyone – we’re all different so I know that they won’t be suitable for all, but they really help me personally to feel better. Another reason I like these quite so much is that I can wrap them around my body too which I find to be an advantage if I’ve had a long day pulling Martha around and my arm and shoulder muscles start crying out for some TLC.
They come in all shapes, sizes and colours and my mum gets me a new one every Christmas or birthday. Last year she got me a Smurfette one (which I was VERY excited about – way too excited, if I’m honest) and the year before that I got a squirrel teddy that had one inside, but I love this one far too much to bring myself to take it out of the packaging.