I’m having a pity party…I have been sick for almost four weeks now! I started out with pneumonia which was no picnic to deal with. It was like two elephants sitting on my chest and uncomfortable to breathe. I was dutiful in taking all of my antibiotics, prednisone and used a nebulizer.
I still have a cough and a bad case of laryngitis. I haven’t heard the sound of my own voice for two weeks now. Which also means no one else has heard my voice either. Very frustrating! Yes, I have been feeling very sorry for myself as of late. To pull myself out of my funk I decided to make something to make me feel a bit better.
Warm heat on my chest feels so good. I’ve already gone through almost an entire tub of Vick’s Vapor Rub, but man I love that stuff. I decided to make myself a heating pad. My sweet Honey Bee carried Big Bertha, my sewing machine, downstairs for me. I found a cute fabric remnant in the closet and I sat down to work.
I then created four channels by sewing a stitch from the bottom seam of the pouch towards the top of the pouch. I left about a 1/2 space to allow for a hem later. These stitches are about 1 1/2 inches apart.
I then filled each channel with dry rice. I filled it almost to the top stitch, being careful not to overfill it. I wanted the rice a little loose and with the channel seams the heating pad can be easily molded to fit where you want it. For example, it feels great rolled and placed under my neck.
This heating pad can be placed in the microwave for safe heating. I placed it in my microwave for two minutes and the heat temperature was perfect. The rice holds the heat longer than a commercial heating pad and it is so soothing. My current survival kit is my new heating pad, Vick’s, throat lozenges, tea and patience.