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Old 07-31-2008, 12:13 AM #1
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...I'm sure we were....you all have probably discussed this, but how many pillows do you use and for what purpose? Do you sleep on tummy, back, or side?

ME??? you ask!? On my side.

FIVE pillows...SIX if you count the t-shirt I roll up to put between my 'girls' to make breathing easier!
1. rolled under my neck
2. above my head to prop up my arm that my head/pillow is on
3. between my against my stomach
4. between my legs
5. against/slightly under my back.
6. the rolled up t-shirt for the 'girls'

AND....EACH PILLOW HAS IT'S PERMANENT ASSIGNED SPOT...NOT JUST ANY PILLLOW WILL DO... SOME ARE NEWER, FLUFFIER, OLDER, MORE SQUISHED, KING SIZE, REGULAR SIZE!

PLEASE, OH PLEASE Tell me I'm not the only weirdo when it comes to pillows!!!

SO AFTER ALL THE TROUBLE OF PLACING PILLOWS AND GETTING TUCKED IN JUST PERFECTLY,,,,,,,WHY AM I SITTING HERE TYPING INSTEAD OF SNORING!!!!
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Old 07-31-2008, 12:47 AM #2
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I do similar things.

I have four normal pillows. Two under my head, two next to the those pillow, but those pillows lay in a different direction from the head pillows. The off-to-the-side pillows are for me to put the top head pillow on top of. I kind of sleep diagonally across the bed, instead of laying with my feet towards the foot of the bed, my feet sort of hang off the side of the bed.

Then, I have a square pillow that's made of foam. I dont always use it, but it's a between the legs pillow. I have three roll pillows (shaped like tubes)

Depending on what kind of support I think I need, the roll pillows for support between the legs. If I'm not using the square foam pillow or the roll pillows, those pillows are right in front of the off-to-the-side pillows. I sleep with the tv on sometimes, and if the light is bugging me, I put a blanket on top of those pillows to shield my eyes from the light of the tv.

I also have a teddy bear. It's blue, and his name is Blue. (I'm so creative with names!) Blue is for me to hug while I'm sleeping. He's kind of a support for the ta-ta's.

and then...for really special occasions (when I have a cold, really sore back, or allergies) I've got a wedge pillow. It's foam, and is shaped like a ramp. That pillow gets added to the pile of pillows when I'm sick and want to have good support for my head and neck and if I've got a cold that's causing me problems breathing.

The wedge pillow also comes in handy if I'm doing a lot of crocheting or knitting in bed. Put it up against the headboard, and I've got a comfy back support.
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You are NOT the only pillow weirdo!

I start the night propped up, on my back.

Later I turn to my right side.

Later I turn to my left side. (Depends on when I wake up and which side of my nose is stuffy.)

Pillow configuration when on my back:

Four under my head.
One under each arm (arms straight out by my sides).
One under my knees.

Pillow configuration when on my right side:

Four--maybe removing one to make three--under my head.
One crammed up against the small of my back.
One between my knees.

Pillow configuration when on my left side:

Four--maybe removing one to make three--under my head.
One--sometimes two--under my right arm.
One between my knees.

Since getting a titanium bolt surgically implanted in my skull above/behind my left ear last week--first step to better hearing with the BAHA system!--my pillow configuration has changed temporarily, due to the big cup dressing covering the wound and held in place by a Velcro headband, thus I can't sleep on my left side nor exactly on my back:

Five or six pillows under my head (piled up nearly vertical against the headboard), the top two moved sideways so I can use my right arm to smush them forward to cradle my head as I lie nearly sitting up.
One crammed up against the small of my back.
One between my knees.

Can't wait til the wound heals and I can lie on my left side again! Even more... I can't wait to get this huge dressing off tomorrow so I can wash my hair for the first time in a week and hopefully scratch all that horrible itchiness beneath the "cup"!

Oh, and yes, of course I can't use just any old pillow in these positions. The hardest pillow is lowest under my head, then comes a Tempur-Pedic pillow (for no particular reason except that it's smaller, and I take it out of its assignd place to use for napping on the recliner), then two smushy ones, the top one being one of the lightest-smushiest down pillows so I can smoosh it just so under my neck.

The pillows under my arms must also be very smushy. If there is any difference in their smushiness, the smushier one must go under my right arm.

The flat foam one goes between my knees.

A merely semi-smushy pillow is best to cram against the small of my back.

When lying on my left side, the pillow that goes under my right arm may be semi-smushy if a super-smushy pillow is not at hand.

I am so obsessed with pillows that I even asked my surgeon if I could bring pillows for under my neck and arms during the operation! She said no, that the OR nurses set you up with something under/around your arms (it's a straitjacket, but it was fine, I was completely out of it).

Still, I brought a small pillow to the hospital just in case I EVER had to lie in ANY bed where there might not be a pillow. (My knee was hurting and I needed a pillow under it.) Fortunately the nurses were very attentive and I always had a nice hospital pillow under it; they even put one under my knees for me during the operation.

When I go anywhere overnight, I always take a couple of my own pillows.

I always have a pillow in my car in case I need a nap while driving or at lunchtime at work.

When I'm a passenger on a car trip, I take two pillows--one to smoosh under my head, and one for my lap, to rest my arms on.

Sometimes I think I've lost my mind!

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Oh... and my dh has ONE, count them, ONE pillow. I've offered him more....said we can buy as many as we want.... there is no rule. But he wants, quite simply, JUST the one!!! NOW THAT'S WEIRD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Two pillows under my head, top one must be down, both high loft. A cylinder pillow from a drugstore, slippery fabric, stuffed with micro beads that goes between legs, size and slipperiness make it easier for me to change position.

Have a backergnomic pillow - Reading pillow, upright with the stuffed arms coming out for reading and TV watching. But my hips still hurt when I wake.
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Chris says it's the only way he can sleep

2 under his head
1 under feet
1 under calves
1 under each arm

sleeps like frankenstien on his back with both arms to his side
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I sleep on my side, but I found that the only pillows that I can sleep on now are my Mediflow water pillows. I have 2. I don't stack them, I sprawl on my queen sized bed and either sleep on 1 or the other, depending on which is more comfortable for the night.

One is filled with 2 liters of water, the other with 3. So they're a bit different (2 liters is 'softer') to accommodate whatever I feel is more comfortable any given night
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Wow...you all put me to shame with the amount of pillows you use!

I have two under my head...the top one is fat and firm. Have to have head high or vertigo visits me.
I have a pillow next to my bed in case my back starts to bother me. It goes under my knees when I'm lying on my back, and between my legs when I am on my side.
My DH has two pillows, one on each side of his head.

Do pillows under the calves reduce spasms during the night? Just wondering how to stop those.
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Oh... and my dh has ONE, count them, ONE pillow. I've offered him more....said we can buy as many as we want.... there is no rule. But he wants, quite simply, JUST the one!!! NOW THAT'S WEIRD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I totally agree! People who only need one pillow, or who don't care what kind of pillow it is, are WEIRD! I cannot understand it!
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When I am really unwell, I only sleep on the couch so that I can have the sturdy back support when laying on my side. I've done that for as long as a year at a time.

After my last flare, I noticed my hands and legs were numb/tingly when I awoke. My doc told me it was like a L'hirmettes reaction to having my neck in a bad angle for my lesions. I had to ditch my other two pillows, and now I only sleep with one.

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