Friday, November 19, 2010
For years, we've been using a tube sock filled with rice and knotted on the open end any time we need warm moist heat. We'd toss it in the microwave for a minute, and it worked well despite being unattractive. The problem is, the rice would shift to one end, and after much use, the sock got a hole in the toe. Being too lazy to sew it shut, I rolled the toe end and safety pinned it. Good thing I always remember to remove the safety pin before throwing it in the microwave!
Verne's accident has left me wanting to make him as comfortable as possible. I found some ultra-soft, buffalo check flannel and whipped up a new rice warmer. It's about 6 inches across by 18 inches long, is lined with muslin to help keep the rice from poking through, and has stitching every 4 inches or so to hold the rice in place. He's been using it often, and is so pleased with the new design that he's already asked me to make more. He needs one for his kidney and his collarbone, and the sock just doesn't cut it anymore.