In tears, I noticed I hadn't dusted under the dining room hutch in a long time, so my first set of instructions spoken through tears of pain were for my oldest to please get the Swiffer and clean up those spider webs. Yup, I've got screwy priorities at times. Meanwhile, I asked my middle son to get me a cold wash cloth because I'm prone to fainting when I get injured, and I was already starting to sweat. My husband took care of our youngest son who had smartly grabbed one of our many cold packs we use for lunches from the freezer and lay on the sofa. During my fall, I had slammed him into the door. Poor kid. Thankfully, all of my kids are hard headed, literally. They are also hard headed in the figurative sense, but that's another story.
Once my pain alleviated from my buttocks and knee, I got up. Sweetly, my middle son had run upstairs and grabbed my crutches for me. Thankfully, I didn't need them. My knee was bruised, but I hadn't twisted it this time. That reminds me; I was going to go to the gym today. Oops.
Okay, so why all this personal rambling you wonder? All this commotion made me realize that I need to make some real ice pack and ice pack covers to have on hand. After all, with four active kids and a bad knee, these will come in handy... a lot. I decided they would need to be made of some fun fabric, something that would make us laugh to take our mind of the pain of the injury. I didn't have any such fabric, but I knew I could find some though it would mean yet another trip to the store, and I had just gone today. I wouldn't have a chance to go back for at least a week. Darn.
Now, flash forward to this week. I was walking with my daughter (holding hands rather than on my hip, luckily) when my bad knee just went out. We were simply walking down an incline to get to the parking lot at my middle boys' school when I fell. Thankfully, a moms' group were chatting in the parking lot and rushed to my side. Remember how I had meant to go work out the day I fell on the ball? Well, I still hadn't worked out. I know, I know. With a shredded ACL, it is imperative to work the leg muscles regularly so this sort of thing doesn't happen, but I still haven't figured out how to juggle working out with my work, my family, and blogging.
The mothers quickly entertained my daughter to keep her from running through the parking lot with all the great stuff in their purses. With crayons and old McDonald's kid's meal toys occupying my daughter, I knew she was fine. Meanwhile, another mom got an ice pack from the nurse. After icing it for 20 minutes, I felt good enough to go home, take my prescription Ibuprofen, and rest my leg. That's when I remembered that I never did make those ice packs and covers as I had planned. Oops again!
Today with my leg still sore, I vowed to make one. I had already found these ice pack instructions at www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com. What makes these ice packs similar to the ones you get at the hospital after surgery is they are bendable so it contours to your body. I know bags of peas can work, but we don't keep those small frozen bags handy. Plus, I don't want to ruin veggies every time we get hurt.
I followed Jillee's easy instructions, but I double-bagged the water and rubbing alcohol mixture using 2 quart-sized freezer Ziploc bags. Then I grabbed a couple of old t-shirts to make the cover. I figured this would create a cute and free cover while re-using something that was already not worth wearing any more due to the holes in the front of the shirts.
Okay, so here's what I used:
- 2 old t-shirts in coordinating colors
- measuring tape
- sewing machine with coordinating thread
- Quart-sized freezer Ziploc bags
And here's how I made the cover:
I cut out an 8" x 12" rectangle from the back of one t-shirt and an 8 x 9 1/2" rectangle from the back of the other -shirt. I intentionally cut from the bottom, so I could use the part that was already hemmed nicely for the top portions of my ice pack cover, thus saving me a step.
Then I pinned the two pieces of fabric with the good sides facing each other and making sure the pre-hemmed portions would be on the same side.
I sewed the two pieces together with a 5/8" seam and sewed the sides of the longer green fabric just to clean them up a bit. It's not beautiful by any means, and since t-shirts don't fray, I didn't have to worry about that. If you want to make yours more stylish, you could, but I didn't feel like figuring that out.
And that's it. Now I have a homemade ice pack and cover that cost me nothing since it was made out of all products I keep on hand. I'm sure it will work great, but I sure hope we won't need to test it out any time soon!
I'll be sharing this post at some of these parties here or here.