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« on: October 29, 2005 12:47:21 PM »

my boyfreind gets migrains alot, so i wanted to make him a little boy stuffed animal thing that he could hold while hes trying to sleep it off. i was thinking maybe it could be microwavable, so he doesnt have to use a hot towel on his head.  i want this thing to look like either a boy or a bear thing....naybe a boy wearing a bear costume...something like this:  how can i make him?? how could he be microwavable?
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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2005 02:20:41 PM »

You can make him out of grey socks and fill his body with plain old dry rice. Make his head, hands and feet of out felt and make sure you don't use any metal.

My husband needed something to soothe his sore neck and shoulders, I filled a sock with rice and added a few drops of essential oil. Thrown in the microwave for a minute, it really works well. Same type of idea.

I can't wait to see what you do, that puppet looks really cool.
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2005 02:43:23 PM »


Yeah, the essential oil idea is good, just make sure the oil is suitable for his condition (relaxing aroma therapy style oil).

Also, to prevent such a pretty doll from being roughed up in the microwave you could make its tummy hollow. Sort of a pocket that closes with velcro. Then make a pillow to fit inside the tummy. The pillow would be easy to take out and put in over and over again. That way you only have to microwave the pillow, and not the whole doll to protect it from excessive wear and tear.

You could make the pillow out of a plain, sturdy fabric. Fill it with rice, oats or whole wheat (and possibly aroma therapy oil or dry herbs). Also - when you microwave it, keep a glass of water with it in the oven (just a little dash of water does it). That prevents the grains inside to dry out/burn.

Good luck, and don't forget to post the result.
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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2005 03:15:01 PM »

There are things (I can't remember the brand name) like hot water bottles but no water just a special gel cushion you can heat in the microwave or freeze.

If you make the boy in the bear and stuff the arms and legs but not the body, leave an opening in the back you can slip one of these in. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2005 03:19:19 PM »

These are kind of what I was describing

http://www.hotwaterbottles.net/design.htm

I think these come with covers though, they even do ones for pets aches and pains Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2005 03:38:59 PM »

That looks like a great idea!
Make sure you check with him first about the scented stuff.  When I get a migraine, anything smelly (even smells I normally like) make me fell even worse.
I also find that cool on my head makes me feel better than warm.  So, what decibel said is a great idea.  Then you could fill it with hot or cold stuff.
That doll is really cute!
-Paula
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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2005 09:21:58 PM »

i saw some similar dtuffed animals at my store today, and they used corn, but they warned against other brands fillings being really smelly afetr a while..  i dont want that to happen!!!  what could i use to keep it smelling fresh without using oil??
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« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2005 01:55:30 AM »

i saw some similar dtuffed animals at my store today, and they used corn, but they warned against other brands fillings being really smelly afetr a while..  i dont want that to happen!!!  what could i use to keep it smelling fresh without using oil??

None of my 2 hot/cold pillows are scented with oil or herbs.
I have one pig that is filled with whole wheats, that doesn't smell at all. He's been used regularly for 5 years. I love him! Cheesy If it is a smell, it is sort of a baking bread kinda smell. Not a strong one. And not a yucky one. Also, the pig itself  is washable (not the insertable pillow) so that won't ever smell.

I also have one regular pillow stuffed with rice. That doesn't smell either, but I haven't used it as much as the piggy.
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« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2005 06:21:53 PM »

I get migraines too, so I've gotten together all kinds of things for my head!  The main thing I wanted to mention though is that you said he was putting something hot on his head!... maybe I read that wrong though, because hot is definitely the wrong thing for a migraine (what's needed is cold to close down the slammed-open vessels). 

I used to tie something around my head to hold a gel or frozen wet washcloth in a baggie, etc., but now the only thing I use is a product called "Migraine Ice".... it's really effective, and much less difficult to use and time-consuming to make and deal with.  If you haven't seen it, look at the drug store... the individuals pads come in a box... they cost about a dollar or two each, but so-o-o-o worth it.  Each one is about the size to fit across one's forehead, and is adhesive so it just sticks on (for as long as a few hours).  I've even gotten to feeling good enough to move around as long as it stays on, and once even ventured out to the grocery store (not giving a sh*t what anyone thought of me I was so happy to be in less pain).

I just pasted in a bunch of info on making rice (and other filler) bags (for either microwave or freezer) in another thread... will go find it and post it here in case you're interested.

Oh, you could still make your bf something to hold while he's dealing with the migraine.  I'm sure he'd love the thought!   My son also has had migraines since he was fairly young and used to love putting a heated rice  bag on his stomach area because it really soothed him in general (and often put him to sleep so he could sleep the migraine off).

Good luck!

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« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2005 08:11:08 PM »

So here's the link for the hot or cold bags, possible fillers to use, etc.:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=60600.msg575971#msg575971

If you want the info I have in my files on ways to deal with migraines (including taking "feverfew"), etc., just send an e-mail to me at ... DianeB...AT...glass attic...DOT...com, and put the word migraine in the subject line so my spam filter won't eat it.


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