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Thursday, February 21, 2013

I know most of you have read my status, so you know I will tell you what went down for us today.

Last night DH could not sleep, he was told not to lie on his left hip where the surgery was done. He sleeps with a full face Bi-Pap mask and has done for a lot of years. His incision is getting very sore. Nothing to see but he is in some pain. I am now in the same room and I noticed he is trying to turn to the right and cannot do it. No-one thought to tell him how he could accomplish this, no PT showed him how and since I had not been in the room with him for such a long time this just came up.

I laid on that side of the bed and I found the pillow top that is supposed to have memory foam has obviously lost it's memory.
When it was purchased it was advertised as a non-flip pillow top.
I had once tried to Flip it and discovered the other side had no pillow top, I should have tried to do something about it a while ago so I dragged my heels and the time went by.

I felt if DH could use the other mattress from the spare room it would be easier for him. The other queen size bed almost fills the spare room it is great when company comes so we left it there. It would be too cramped for our dressers etc so I decided I would move the mattresses from one room to the other. I told DH I was going to do this he said NO way.

I have been turning mattresses on my own for a long time. When I showed DH how I do it he was amazed. To which I replied Women THINK and men DO.
It is mostly very true I never do a project without thinking it through. Most men usually begin a project and kind of muddle through often with their strength to get them through.
I pushed the mattress off the side of the bed with my foot, It is stronger than my wrist. I went round the other side and set the mattress up on end. I was able to get sliders under the mattress and hauled it out in to the hall. I needed space for them to pass each other and the hall is narrow.

I did the same procedure in the spare room it was even easier I had leverage with the wall so I was able to get that mattress off faster. I was un-able to get the sliders out so DH had to steady it for me so I could get them under to move the other mattress. I slid it in to place on our bed and, let it drop. I had to lift it back on to the bed that was the hardest and most time consuming part of the procedure DH was wanting to help but he knew it would be a foolish move.

I got my back underneath the thing and used my head to get it up on the bed and it worked. DH thought it was very funny but I had the job done -just not his way,

I had to retrieve the other mattress to put in the spare room, I decided I would flip it so that just maybe the pillow top will recover it's poor memory and get smooth again. I can hope, I know I am dreaming but it will give us time to find a new one and test it together and by that time the front door can be opened, it is still blocked with snow. When the snow is gone we can shop for a new Mattress and bring it in through the front door. It is much easier doing it that way so it will wait.
Itís just not happening right now.

Oh! How I am hoping this will help DH to be able to sleep and sleep in comfort. If Not I will request some therapist to show him another way to turn over to sleep on his right side.

Now you have the whole story and I am off to the bed in our room once again.
It is my favorite mattress.
Hopefully sweet dreams for both of us.

HUGS Pat in Maine.
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  • v POOHGIRL1970
    You rock...way to think smarter not harder! Hope it helped...will check your other blogs to see :)
    1283 days ago
  • v EGGBASKET1
    WAY TO GO, PAT !!! YOU ARE DEFINITELY A THINKER AND DOER !!! HUGS...EGG
    1284 days ago
  • v TERRI289
    You are so smart!!!! emoticon
    1285 days ago
  • v NEEDSHELP52
    Pat, we have a memory foam pillow top that we aren't suppose to flip. It was new just before Christmas. Hope it waits a long, long time before it forgets its memory. HUGS, Terry
    1285 days ago
  • v UUCEEJAY
    I also use that method of moving mattresses. Gary broke his wrist turning one about 30 years ago. emoticon
    1285 days ago
  • v BRENDAGAIL9
    Good Job Pat! I agree that it is odd that a therapist didn't show Fred how to turn over. I hope he gets some good night's sleep soon.

    We are in the midst of a big rain/wind storm for the next two days here on the West Coast of Washington State. I don't have anywhere to go for a few days.

    My neighbor passed last Monday and her family has to clear out her apartment tomorrow. Yesterday they packed it all up and will take it to storage. It all has to be stored until the will is settled. A sister is causing trouble. My poor neighbor didn't have enough money set aside for a funeral but her son and his wife were big winners at the Casino so now they have enough. I do not like greedy people. The sister will be lucky if she gets a handkerchief when it is all said and done.

    My good friend will be moving into her apartment as soon as new carpeting is installed and cleaned. She has been waiting for a vacancy.

    I hope you don't get anymore snow. Enough is enough!

    Brenda
    Chehalis, WA
    1285 days ago
  • v 123ELAINE456
    Hope all went well and the both of You got a Good Night Sleep. Yes Women think about the best way to do something and then do it. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Weekend. Take Care. I have a Memory Mattress too. Have had nothing but trouble with it. I will never buy one again. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1285 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/22/2013 12:39:56 PM
  • v 2WHEELEDSHARON
    Way to work smarter, not harder, Pat!
    Snow snow go away.
    1285 days ago
  • v IMAGINGPRO
    What a chore to have taken on, but at least you thought it all out first so you knew you wouldn't hurt yourself. I am happy that you succeeded in doing it all.

    I hope that your dear husband can get to sleep on the side that is best for him, without too much pain. It is really strange why he didn't get any therapy after such a big surgery. If he still has problems you are very wise to try and get him some help.

    I hope that the both of you had a good nights sleep with many more to come.

    Stay safe, warm, and healthy.

    Love Dot

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    1285 days ago
  • v HARROWJET
    I trust you both had a good sleep.

    Judy emoticon
    1285 days ago
  • v MILLISMA
    I hope you both got a good night's sleep after all that work. I had to replace our mattress and come to find out it had a defect. The new one was completely different. I don't flip it but I do "spin" it every other month.

    Hope you are having a great day. We're waiting for rain but I guess that beats the snow!!!!

    hugs....Mary Anne
    1285 days ago
  • v MORTICIAADDAMS
    I've lugged a mattress on my own and it is quite an ordeal. I'm glad you were not hurt and were able to get it done. Hopefully this will help your hubby.
    1286 days ago
  • v 1CRAZYDOG
    Your are one smart woman! Hope it works for your poor DH and you. HUGS! Enjoy the movie.


    1286 days ago
  • v BETHGILLIGAN
    Good job, Pat!! You are definitely a thinker!!!! Hope it works for him!
    1286 days ago
  • v CHALLENGER15
    "Women THINK"...yes, indeed!

    I hope that you both had a wonderful sleep!
    1286 days ago
  • v MIDCOASTMOXIE
    That was pretty slick maneuvering! Moving a mattress is always awkward, good for you for thinking it all though and coming up with a workable plan! I hope the mattress switch makes a difference for Fred and that he is more comfortable now. emoticon
    1286 days ago
  • v GOANNA2
    You are amazing Pat. Well done. I hope this
    helps Fred sleep better. emoticon
    1286 days ago
  • v DIANESAV3
    Great job Pat. I hope you had a good night.
    1286 days ago
  • v NASFKAB
    hope you sleep well all the best
    1286 days ago
  • v ROSEWCI
    Sweet dreams, dearest Pat! You got your ST for the day & then some!
    1286 days ago
  • v ARTJAC
    emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1286 days ago
  • v KATHY024
    Hi Pat, I don't know if this will help or not, but when I went through the hip thing and wanted to turn on my side from my back -
    To turn onto my left side - I scooted as far to the middle of the bed that I could get on my back and then using my right arm across my body - I grabbed a hold of the bottom sheet through to the mattress pad and topper if I could get a hold on that and pulled! That gave me the leverage to roll without using the leg that the replaced hip was on. This works pretty good if your good hip is the one that is on the outside of the mattress.

    I still do this today as I sleep with a pillow between my knees to keep my alignment with my hips straight. With not moving my legs the pillow between them just comes right along and I go back to sleep again.
    So right you are.....women think before doing. emoticon
    1286 days ago
  • v WOWEETOO
    you know that's how i got the bookcase upstairs there are two but one for now.. and with onlyone hand and a sturdy rope lolyep someone after my own heart figure it out and get it done lol
    the lady mary emoticon
    1286 days ago
  • v DEBBIEANNE1124
    You can do some exer4cise for me.

    How is the 28 day challenge coming along?
    1286 days ago
  • v DRB13_1
    brilliant! emoticon emoticon
    stay warm
    1286 days ago
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