Aug. 28th, 2011

duriyah: (Me and Rob)
For the past two or three weeks, Rob has been complaining of back pain in the mornings. Sometimes it wakes him up in the middle of the night. I have not dealt well with this role reversal, especially when he wakes me up in the middle of the night trying to get comfortable. I'm the one with insomnia and back pain, dammit!

He only gets the pain in the night and morning; later on in the day it dissipates. That points to the bed as the problem. Earlier this week we took off the memory foam topper, which is about 5 years old and not all that supportive anymore. Or as Rob now calls it, "senile foam". Get it? That made an instant difference to me. The neck stiffness, which has been bothering me quite a bit of late, is much less now. I wake up more refreshed than I have in months. I thought it was because I'd quit getting regular acupuncture treatments, but it looks like it was the old memory foam!

He is still having back pain now, though he says it might be a little less. He figures his mattress is about 11 years old. Must be time to get a new mattress!

We stopped at The Original Mattress Factory yesterday, which still makes the same model he bought before, the Orthopedic Pillow Top mattress. He pointed out to me some time ago, while flipping through a Consumer Reports magazine, that mattress being one of CU's top rated mattresses.

We ordered a new one, exactly the same as the old. Plus new box springs, which are also recommended to be replaced when you replace the mattress. Actually, there is one difference in the new mattress. They now offer the option of making the mattress with a hinge in the middle, so it is easier to get around narrow staircases, as well as easier to flip. No extra charge, and they say there is no disadvantage to the hinged mattress. Sounds almost too good to be true.

The new mattress will be delivered on Wednesday. We plat to give the old one away to charity.

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