I did it to myself - that was the worst part.
I hurt my back the other day by being stupid. I used to hurt my back on a regular basis - for awhile it seemed every time I turned around or bent the wrong way - I would be back in Pain-Central.
Living on the farm has obviously strengthen my back a lot. I am able to do things I couldn't do before. I even have muscles in my arms that show when I flex. I'm so proud! However because I haven't hurt by back for a few years I got a little careless.
Dumb Dumb Dumb. The first day I couldn't sit for very long and laying down wasn't helping either so I hung over the foot stool. It looked crazy but it was the only position that afforded any relief. I even managed to use the computer but my typing skills went right down hill!
I tried pain meds and massage - thanks honey - but nothing was really helping. After icing it for awhile I was searching for the heating pad when DH suggested the hot water bottle. I've never really had a use for them in the past so when he wanted to pick one up last year - more for nostalgia than purpose I said - OK whatever. I'm so glad he did. It was the only thing that helped.
Apparently modern day rubber water bottles with a stopper were invented in 1903. They were used to warm up the bed on cold nights and were later replaced with the electric heating pad and electric blankets. Did you know there's a whole museum devoted to these "hotties" or "Dutch Wives" in Europe? That may be a little over-board but I think I've fallen in love with them.
It makes so much sense as a way to save money and keep the heat turned down especially if you are prone to cold toes. So frugal! I think it's a great addition to a first aid closet. We now have two of them - I think the last one was about $14.00 at a drug store.
I suppose I should have seen this coming - every hot water bottle I've ever seen has been RED - you would think that would have been my first clue to their necessity.
The pain is more of an ache now and I am slowly feeling better but there's no place more comfortable than snuggled up under a blanket with a hot water bottle behind my back.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The Lowly Hot Water Bottle
Labels: country living
I am a mom to many and a wife to my best friend. We live on 10 acres of heaven on a small farm that needs lots of work and will keep us busy for years! We love people coming to visit, animals and the peace and quiet that you can only appreciate after living in the city for 20 years. I love to write about our adventures in homesteading, country living, food storage, canning and emergency preparedness. Please feel free to share any information from this site in part or in full by giving credit to me as author, including a link to www.adventures-in-country-living.blogspot.ca