Weighted Vest Update
If you remember, back in April I got a weighted vest for my birthday. After extensive research, I decided to get one that was actually intended for weight lifters. I decided this because of a few uber important reasons:
- The vests made specifically for people with SPDs (sensory processing disorder) are only made in children’s sizes. I did find one place that would make an adult sized one, but you had to pay an extra 20 bucks or something ridiculous like that.
- Oh yeah, that cost thing. The weighted vests made specifically for kids with SPDs are all $100+. And that’s before shipping and handling. 😮 Eep. Meanwhile, the one I got was only about a 3rd of that price. Hmm.
- Order time. Apparently, since those vests are specially made (i.e. – the ones for SPD folks), they take bloody forever to arrive at your place. No, I wanted [read “needed”] it then. I’m sort of impatient that way. *rolls eyes*
The picture on the right is the catalog picture of the vest that I got.
Picture description: It’s a black vest with pockets all over the front (and the back) used for adding little rectangles of metal one pound weights. The vest has reflectors on the front and is partially made of a mesh material, in order to let one’s body breathe and not get too hot. On the right shoulder, there is a pocket with a headphones picture; this is obviously meant for an IPod or MP3 player. On the other shoulder there is a yellow circle emblem with the words “Gold’s Gym” in the center.
So in order to update you on my situation, I’m going to have to give you a little background on my medical history (what, more?).
One thing that I’ve never [yet] mentioned here are the extreme level of my cramps during my period. I mean, it’s bad. When I was a tween (pre-teen/barely teen), I gave myself an allergy to ibuprofen, just because I was trying to make it through the days of my period without spending every moment surrounded by blinding pain. Seriously.
It was a great help to me when I figured out that my IBS and my cramps were related. After all, part of the blinding pain is in fact due to the [excruciating] diarrhea my cramps elicited in my system. So the whole thing about eating chocolate when you have your period? Nope. That’s one of those things I try to avoid at all costs.
Many moons later, here was my solution:
- stick-on heating patches *puts hand over heart and looks misty-eyed*
- 400 mg of Celebrex every morning for 4 days
- 2 extra strength Tylenol every 4 hours
So what does this have to do with anything?
Well, I’ll tell you.
I’ve wearing my weighted vest for just about 3 months now. I wear for an hour or so each day and then fall asleep with it over me at night. On the weekends, if I don’t have to go anywhere, I usually just end up wearing it all day.
Here’s there thing. Sometimes, even with all of the measures listed above, my cramps still get to me and they still make me non-functioning.
Well, with the vest wearing, that doesn’t happen anymore. Not only that, but I don’t have to take the Tylenol anymore. I just have to take the Celebrex and do the heat, and I’m really quite fine.
Okay, here’s another thing. I haven’t taken my anti-anxiety meds since April. It used to be that I couldn’t sleep, think or function without them. Now? I can take stuff in stride. I’m very mellow about disasters. I still don’t like doing certain things (like calling back bill collectors), but I think–rather, I know–that my anxiety is much more under control now.
One reason I know: When I started taking my anti-anxiety meds, one added benefit was that my IBS got much better; when I didn’t take the pills, then my IBS got bad once again. Well, I’ve been off those meds since April and my IBS is still under control.
Not only that, but I fall asleep faster now.
And, my heart rate’s lower. I just checked it a moment ago. 72. My normal resting heart rate, thanks to an underlying current of subconscious anxiety, is usually in the upper 80s, low 90s.
72. Holy poo.
If you needed proof of the worth of weighted vests/blankets, I think I just provided that.