There is something I must confess: I have an addiction. It started off quite harmless – just a few minutes here and a few minutes there as the weather grew cooler and the arthritis got worse. Then I began noticing I wasn’t just spending “a few minutes” with the heating pad, but an entire hour. It grew from an hour to several all stretched out.
The heating pad moved from the horribly pained right shoulder to the right knee, and finally to my lap where it could warm my feet and both knees. This week the heating pad has followed me to bed, to the kitchen, to work on stories, and even to just sitting and watching TV or reading. The minute the heat decreases I crank it up again.
Next week there are several doctors’ appointments I need to make and I don’t know how I am going to take the heating pad with me. If it can’t go with me, this means it will be left. What will I do without it?! *sigh* Is there a support group for heating pad withdrawal or a Heating Pad Anonymous?