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Thanks, Past Self!

Last night, my back around my right shoulder blade was achy. It was Will's idea to heat up the rice sock I made for myself. I was able to balance it with part of it in front but the majority right where I needed it. Today I've got some lower back pain that feels like cramps are incoming. I should probably pre-treat with some rice sock heat. It's a little thing but I'm glad I did it for myself.

Sometimes I'm not good at taking care of myself, for whatever reason so I think it's important to rejoice in the little things. This is a rare example of a time that Past-Gayle did something awesome for me. It's more likely that she puts things off for me to stress about and deal with so it's nice to have a little change of pace.

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JeanC wrote on February 17, 2015, 2:34 PM

Yes, self-care is something a lot of us are not good at. Those rice socks are a wonderful idea, good on your past self to have made one for when you need it emoticon :smile:

LindaCPearson wrote on February 17, 2015, 3:47 PM

I've never heard of a rice sock for relieving pain. Do you just put rice in a sock or do you heat it. Do you use a specific type of rice? More information would be welcomed.

WordChazer wrote on February 17, 2015, 5:51 PM

You need a rice sock for the soul, honey! I did the standard chicken soup for the soul at lunchtime today and it worked a dream. Value chicken soup in a can. Two fresh pitta breads, toasted, filled by me with garlic and herb soft cheese. Meal fit for a queen. I achieved much more in my long afternoon than I had achieved in the short and snippy morning beforehand. Past-Gayle needs to remember that chicken soup thing, because it works a treat for cramps. It is indeed a rice sock for the soul.

Last Edited: February 17, 2015, 5:51 PM

WordChazer wrote on February 17, 2015, 6:01 PM

I don't know about rice socks, but the wheat socks/bags I've heard about are similar things, where it's something you stick in the microwave and heat up for an amount of time then stick on, round or against the part of you which is aching/cramping/hurting and the heat will help you feel better. I have a couple of old joint injuries that respond well to heat from a wheat bag, but I can imagine if you are wheat-intolerant, then a rice sock would be just as good. (Microwave rice in this country does for 2 minutes in the average microwave. Who's to say you eat it after that, eh?) Also, as an aside, if the bit which is aching is an area you are supposed to be exercising for physio, such as a knee or ankle, the extra weight of the heat pack might help you achieve some extra movement from lifting the pack even while it's hot and soothing the joint.

AliCanary wrote on February 18, 2015, 4:11 PM

I need a rice sock pretty badly, myself--I slept wrong a couple of nights ago, and my neck and shoulder are killing me!

BodieMor wrote on February 21, 2015, 8:39 PM

Past Gayle sounds like a good buddy. Perhaps you should invite her around more often...