I’ve certainly been feeling a lot tighter in just about all of my muscles lately. My legs and back are the main culprits, but my neck is not especially happy at the moment either.
Part of it I think is the cold, and the other big factor could be that I haven’t been leaving the house as much of late either. This means less walking and more time sitting hunched over a laptop, and trying to remember to break my days up by good long sitting to stretch out my legs and also give my back a different kind of support.
More and more of my days will probably be like this over the next few months as winter gets closer and closer and brings with it the ice and snow and cold and all those other things I love so very much.
(I came to the conclusion a long time ago that snow if one of the most physically disabling things out there for me.)
I’ll probably spend more and more time cuddling a wheat bag, both to help me keep warm and to try and keep my body a bit happy with me, and I think it’s getting to the time of year now where I’m going to need to use more than one at a time.
Thankfully, I’m not the only one who uses them in my house so we have a pretty large collection of them in all different shapes and sizes, so I think I’m going to go and heat two up; one for my back and one for my legs.
My neck would probably appreciate one too if I’m being honest, but then I think I might get a bit too hot.
I’m writing this post on Monday evening. I’ve spent most of today trying to keep warm, with varying degrees of success.
I spent most of the morning wearing my dressing gown over my clothes because it was cold. Then things got a little warmer, which I was grateful for because I had to head into town, but then by the time I got back it was so cold that I crawled under my duvet for a book with a while to take try heat up a bit.
I’ve told you all time and time again how much I value the support I get from my family and friends. I value it more than I think they’ll ever know. I’d love to be able to repay them all, but I have no idea how.
This week my awesome friend Donna, (who blogs over at craftyquiltsblog), has made me some really cool Very Hungry Caterpillar wheat bag covers. I’m really greatful because I use wheat bags a lot to try and get rid of or lessen any aches and pains I get.
To find out how she did it and what they look like, go and check out her post about it.
So I thought I try and raise a smile this Friday so here goes.
I decided that I’d try do this by posting a picture of my Smurfette Wheat bag, mostly because I think it’s actually quite cute. Yes, I know I’m 22, but in my opinion it’s fine to always carry a torch for those TV shows and characters you loved to watch before school while you were chompping down your Coco Pops (other breakfast cereals are avaliable).
I actually though I’d lost this one somewhere in and amongst the other army of wheat bags that my family seem to own, I always did like this one because it’s one of the smaller one because it smells of vanillia, which makes a nice change from all the other lavender scented ones that we have.
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.