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08 April 2012 @ 02:32 pm
I went to the mall and discovered that REI no longer has rechargeable heat pacls. They only have packages of use once and throw them away heat packs. So i picked up a package of "Grabber Warmers" hand warmers, and so far i'm rather unimpressed. In theory you just open them and contact with oxygen activates them, but this one barely seems to have gotten above body temperature. Maybe it'll heat up more later, but right now i'm really wishing i had one of the nice old sodium acetate packages. Maybe a little later i'll see if i can find that rice warming pad i made awhile back or make another one. At least i think we i have a bag of rice somewhere.

While i was at the mall i also picked up some coffee for work, a couple hand towels (to wrap the warmers in back when i thought they'd actually get to a decent temperature) and a new copy of Howl's Moving Castle since my old one seems to have wandered off somewhere and i wanted to try and participate in stormfeather's reading thing. And i picked up a pinkberry while i was there.

So now i'm sitting around wondering what to do with the rest of the day that doesn't involve moving my neck too much. I guess pretty much what i probably would have been doing anyway, reading and staring at the internet and posting to LJ. Oh yeah, and i should probably do taxes =P
受け継がれる意志doctorskuld on April 8th, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
Hey, if you still want to go to the rock wall and go rock climbing sometime, I'm still going on Sunday afternoons if you wanna ever get out of the house. :) Let me know if you'd like to hang out!

DonAithnendonaithnen on April 8th, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely interested in theory, but it would probably be best to start that up again at some point when i'm actually physically capable of looking up :)
受け継がれる意志doctorskuld on April 9th, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
Sure, just give me about 24 hours notice, and take your time!
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debateakiko on April 8th, 2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
Have you checked a pharmacy? They sell one-use (kind of annoying from a reusability standpoint) stick-on things with shapes designed to fit, say, the neck, abdomen, or lower back. I want to say they're ACE brand, but I wouldn't swear to it. Friend of mine in pharmacy school swore by the abdomen ones during her period.

Or, you know, rice in a bag. (ACE also makes a gel-filled thing that can go hot or cold.)
Squidceph on April 9th, 2012 04:34 am (UTC)
Hmm. Maybe the hand warmers work better if they can heat up an enclosed space like a mitten? Those things, and the similar toe warmers, totally saved my extremities doing field work. (Although they do have a very notable problem: they have to be above freezing in order to activate in the first place. So you have to keep your spares in an internal pocket.)
rowrrowr on April 9th, 2012 04:53 am (UTC)
not that it's helpful today, but in my 'old age' i have purchased a heating pad from amazon (only like 12 bucks and works well) for such occasions. I get horrible neck cricks a couple times a year like that, they suck! Feel better!
Beth Leonardbeth_leonard on April 9th, 2012 05:26 am (UTC)
I got one of those unusual neck-cricks almost a year ago. Wow! The pain! After trying to tough it out for the first few days, I went to either Tylenol or Advil (can't remember which now) especially to sleep. Drugs and a heating pad. I think it took two weeks before I was back to normal again.

My heating pad looks very much like that one and says, "Wallgreens, by Sunbeam" on it.

Beth Leonardbeth_leonard on April 9th, 2012 05:29 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, and massage around the neck and shoulders helps too. I bought Jon the Costco Massage book being sold at that time and convinced him I really needed it.