So, if we are friends on FB you probably already know I've been having issues with my back. About a year ago I had a herniated disc and it took a good six weeks to recover. So, with excruciating pain in the same area, I assumed I had re injured a disc again. Some other missionaries recommended a doctor that had helped her husband with his herniated disc. While he was doing the examination, I started to realize that I actually wasn't having the same symptoms I had last year. I didn't have any numbness in my legs or pain when I lifted them. The doctor assured us that it was not my disc but muscle tension, irritation and inflammation. This was probably due to lots of hours in the car, coughing and stress. In short he said I just needed to CHILL OUT. The whole family has gotten a huge kick out of this and I will not hear the end of it for quite some time. "Are you OK mom? Are you getting stressed out? Don't get stressed mom, I'll get it cleaned up." You get the point. Who can blame them, it does seem awfully silly that you can get so stressed out you cause yourself debilitating pain. In my defense, I thought I was "handling" all the things we have going on fairly well. If you ask me how I am feeling, the word stressed doesn't really come to mind. Apparently, I just store all my stress in my lower back. Anyway, praise the Lord it's not my disc and I will be good as new very soon! :)
The doctor suggested cotton socks filled with rice and heated in the microwave, so Sam had the idea of making a whole back rice pad out of some of his old t-shirts. It worked great and I am enjoying it right now as I blog!
What you need:
2 large t-shirts (100% cotton) turned inside-out
about 5 k dried rice
1/2 cup lavender (optional)
thread (100% cotton)
Update: In the comments below Glen writes, " Word of warning. Use only 100% cotton t-shirt and 100% cotton thread. Polyester can catch fire in the microwave. " I haven't actually popped anything in the microwave to test this theory, but a quick internet search does seem to confirm it. So, be sure a use 100% cotton everything.
Turn the t-shirts inside out and lay together as shown.
Mark and pin.
Sew around the outer edges.
Turn right side in. I actually forgot to do this and had to rip out some stitches.
Mark every three inches down the length.
Sew along the length, leaving the top open to fill with rice.
This is what it looks like after the lengths are sewn.
Fill each section with rice.
You can mix lavender in with the rice, so it will smell nice and relaxing once heated.
Thinking. Cute outfit!
Smelling the lavender.
Then I cut and pinned the top, turning it under. In hind sight, it might be better to leave the bottom open and fill from the bottom and sew it up last. Sewing the top closed with the curve and the rice wasn't easy.
And there you have it. How to make a luxury rice pack for your back. Just place it in the microwave until it's hot, being careful not to get it too hot. It even forms around your neck and back! It will possibly stop a bullet! LOL!