Yesterday was my birthday. Every year I go for my bi-annual checkup on my birthday. I don’t recall how that got started. Had blood work done, etc. Despite two blood pressure medications my BP was a bit high.
I think it’s because of the pain. So I was out and about before the winter precipitation began and happened by a new Sleep Number store in Tulsa Hills. So I decided to stop and go in. I tried different beds, but came back to the first one, which was the cheapest.
People have been extolling the virtues of Sleep Number beds to me over the years.
Ordered a sleep number bed:
I’d been thinking about getting one of these beds for awhile. So I went ahead and ordered one (full size) and bought a pillow that addressed neck problems for people who sleep on their side. The pillow was $110. I have been paying around $40 each for pillows and thought that was high.
However the pillows I have been buying used to be comfortable and now nothing helps with the pain, and I switch them out every six months or so. This neck thing has been somewhat gradually coming on. I went from buying $5 pillows to $40 pillows to deal with the problem over the past 4-5 years.
This pillow is carved out for your shoulder. I have wide shoulders, so this should help.
All told I paid for installation plus the cost of the mattress and the base you get in lieu of a box spring, plus the pillow. And it came to under $1500 for the cheapest bed. I opened an account with them and I will pay it off same as cash.
That’s what I always do because I hate to pay interest. When I was married we ended up paying a ton of interest and it seemed so wasteful.
The one I ordered:
Here’s the one I ordered. I did not buy the frame. I’m having them put it on my own bed frame.
Then I drove down the road a bit and went into the Ashley Furniture store and ordered myself a recliner. I always used to have a recliner, but got away from that in the five years I’ve lived here. I’ve been sitting on the couch and using the ottoman. But I know I’m looking down too much.
The neurologist I saw several weeks ago said that two kinds of work typically aggravate this type of neck problem: Dental hygienists and people who work on computers.
I think it might help to have my laptop on the lap desk I’m using in a recliner instead of sitting on the couch with it with my feet on an ottoman. Because I can lean back and take the pressure off my neck with a recliner and I can’t do that with an ottoman.
I don’t like to sit at a table or desk because Charlie likes to sit with me.
When they’ll be delivered:
Both should be delivered in about two weeks. I chose a beige-colored recliner. Nothing fancy, just a regular recliner that didn’t look overly “puffy.”
I don’t know why all the furniture manufacturers have to design recliners that look so puffy and ugly. But most of them I see for sale do tend to look like that.
The cost of the chair was just over $400. Delivery and taxes really bite. But then I’m also having them put that coating on it due to having pets and my clumsiness with coffee some mornings. So it ended up over $600. Ouch.
Oh well, I didn’t owe anything on my credit cards. I like to pay things off before I start with something else. And what fun is life if you’re always in pain?
Picked up my MRI:
While I was out that way I picked up my MRI that never got sent to the doctor and took it to his new office. Then I picked up my favorite Chinese food for two nights at the lunch rate. The restaurant was located less than a block from the doctor’s office.
I always get it before the lunch rate is over at 4 p.m. and heat it up in the Breville at suppertime.
So that’s what I did for my birthday. Oh, and stopped at Walgreens to get a new ice pack for my neck and back. At night I first apply ice and a shiatsu massager to my neck and back that I got at Bed, Bath & Beyond a few years ago, then heat. When the massager wears out, I get a new one. They’re about $49.
If I didn’t use all these things for my neck and back every night while I read, I would never be able to sleep. I sure hope this bed, pillow and recliner help me out. I’m out of answers for this dilemma.
Then went home:
Came home to two hungry critters. I gave Charlie a Composure pill before I left to try to keep him calm. But boy was he excited to see mom come through the door.
As soon as I was inside the phone rang and it was the Breast Cancer Foundation, so I gave a contribution. I hate to think of all the women out there who get breast cancer. I’ve been lucky thus far and am grateful for that.
Last night Ivy got in trouble for pawing the thing out that I use to keep her from putting her springy toys under the washing machine. Which for some reason she delights in doing. It looks like a pool noodle (I think that’s how that’s referred to).
Nathan gets them in the packing materials when he orders water heaters and gives them to me.
I’ve been trying to train Ivy not to paw those out from under the washing machine so her toy doesn’t get under there. But she can’t seem to help herself. She both likes to paw the thing out and also put her toys under the washing machine.
Why, I’m always thinking, does she want to do these things?
I keep a spray bottle of water nearby because I hate having to roll that heavy washing machine out to retrieve her toys. It kind of upsets me to spray her. But it also upsets me to have to keep moving the washing machine out. It’s a bit of both I guess.
Then because there’s not a lot of space I take my yard stick and reach behind and get the toy.
When she was younger, the water spray didn’t seem to bother her. But now it does.
She took off running and stuck her head under a piece of furniture. I had to laugh. Her big body was sticking out. Just her head was hidden and she was very still. She thought I couldn’t see her.
Then I felt kind of bad and talked to her using a tone of voice letting her know that all was okay. She’s so silly, but also very sweet. My funny bunny Ivy Lou.
This morning when I laid down on my yoga mat Ivy flopped over on her back next to me. I guess she wants to learn yoga stretches.
Friday Frugal Tips:
How about we discuss frugal crafting and DIY’s on Friday? Several of you have mentioned it. And it’s quite different from any other topics we’ve focused on.