Last week I saw that Chloe from CPstudentblog was talking about an electric hot water bottle on Twitter and it made me curious and so I went onto amazon and ordered the Bauer electric hot water bottle and thought I would share my thoughts.
It was £17.42 and because I have Amazon Prime I got free delivery. So it was much more expensive than my usual trusty hot water bottle that was about £5 but I thought it worth a try.
I use a hot water bottle every day, since my last surgery I am in pain every day and heat on my stomach is really helpful with pain relief. I even have one at work so I can have one wherever I am!
Patientinfo says “Heat and ice have been used for many years to treat pain and to reduce swelling, and many people have found them effective. More recently, studies have been done to investigate whether heat and ice really make a difference to healing and the results have been inconclusive. In general, when used sensibly, they are safe treatments which make people feel better and have some effect on pain levels and there are few harms associated with their use.”
I have no contact with the Bauer company and this isn’t sponsored in any way it’s just sharing my experience so it might help others.
This is a plug in device into the mains, it has a charger that sits flat on the floor and is easy to attach to the water bottle. It is a soft touch fabric pillow filled with liquid and has the charging port in the middle. You put it on charge for around 10 minutes and a light on the charger goes off once it is heated up.
The first charge I found the bottle was only warm and felt really disappointed, I put it on to charge again and then it felt really nice and hot. Since then I have only had to charge it the once, I then give it a jiggle and it feels as hot as a normal hot water bottle and lasts for hours.
It has really changed my life and is so great for pain relief and also just to warm your toes if you’re a bit chilly!
The best part for me is that I feel it’s given me back my independence, before I was constantly asking my husband or teenagers to go and fill my bottle for me and I found that upsetting and a bit embarrassing. The guilt of asking your family to care for you is enormous when you have an impairment or chronic illness, even though they say they don’t mind helping, I always feel bad asking.
And so to have this plugged in right next to my bed just gives me a sense of independence that means so much! Knowing that I can plug it in whenever I want, I don’t have to go up and down the stairs, I don’t have to ask others is wonderful. There have been times when I was so sore that I couldn’t manage to go and fill it myself but it was the middle of the night and I didn’t want to wake anyone so I just suffered till morning.
I am a huge fan of anything that gives comfort and independence to people and the electric hot water bottle is certainly doing that for me. I love the easy plug in that most people would be able to manage alone even if you have poor mobility.
So there we go! I would recommend this product if you’re a hot water bottle fan and would go as far as to say that it would be a great present for someone with chronic pain this Christmas!
Its one of the best things I’ve ever bought!