When you are in an Arthritis flare up, there is nothing worse than having to trek up and down the stairs, while on crutches, to exchange your ice packs for your swollen, achey joints. Making that trip multiple times a day when the flare will not simmer-down can be even worse. I’ve found a solution that can save you a few trips to the freezer for ice and, as a result, let’s you spend those trips on the important things!
While I am fortunate that my Rheumatoid Arthritis does not flare as often as many, those few times a year are often enough! Every time, I become frustrated with myself, especially when I have lost most of the range of motion in my joints. When the medicine does not work fast enough, I lose a lot of hope because the joints swelling up means me slowing down. If you know me, you’re aware that I’m from New England and, therefore, everything is a race! While flaring, I just can’t move at my normal pace; I lose that part of who I am.
What I don’t lose during flare ups is my love for chocolate, pickles, nachos, just to name a few! Those cravings only become heightened when flaring, whether you’re on steroids or off. You are ravenous because you’re fighting a very big fight! The part that drives me crazy about flare ups is that I sometimes have to choose what’s more important: food or ice.
Both are equally important; I NEED to fuel my body to fight off the flare up (not to mention maintaining sanity). I also NEED to decrease the secretion of synovial fluid. When I am home alone and just NEED those things, I can’t retrieve both for myself. My body allows for one at a time and usually the trips are spread far apart. I usually can’t muster up the strength or flexibility to make that trip upstairs again to grab those nachos or pickles after carrying down ice packs. Taking care of myself by getting ice every hour or even two hours is exhausting.
Which is why I’ve never been more grateful for this ice machine. Praise the Lord and bless that soul that said “someone needs this”. It’s me. It’s you. It’s the entire Spoonie community.
I’m grateful for this machine because it saves me trips of going to get ice pack after ice pack all day long. The ice machine plugs into the wall and after you fill it with a few cups of ice and some water, it circulates the water through a brace that you wrap around your joint. I use it for my knees, wrists, and ankles.
This machine stays super cold. You can also control how fast you want the water circulating, controlling how long the brace will stay cold. Depending on the setting I choose, sometimes I wear it over-night and it will still be cold in the morning!
All those trips of me hobbling upstairs to get ice— cut down to a couple of times in 24 hours. Now, I actually can have both ice and food to care for myself during an Arthritis flare. I don’t have to choose.
It seems silly, yes, but this ice machine has actually changed my life. It’s given me more independence, it’s helped maintain my sanity, and statistically, it has probably somehow reduced the risk of me falling and breaking a hip from being too exhausted, but still going up and down the stairs.
I full heartedly mean it when I say this is one of the best investments you’ll make for your health. It definitely was one of mine.
I’ve learned that while modern medicine has come a long way, there still is not a cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis and I’ll still have flare ups. Without making a million trips in a day to take care of myself, I would never appreciate the ice machine. So, I’m grateful for both the adversity and the inventive solution.
Check it out here.
Enjoy your ice machines and best of luck with your future flares!
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