Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Toxic Necessities?

As much as I try to buy non-toxic products, it makes me cringe to purposefully buy a product that is full of chemicals. I mean, I know I bought toxic products for years, but I've been making a conscious choice in the past two years to look for natural alternatives.

Last week, I fell down our deck stairs and really banged myself up. Hardwood is really slick when wet and I skidded down six steps on my tailbone and forearms. Ouch... It was a really bad fall, which totally threw my neck and back out. I had my very first experience with a chiropractor, which has helped tremendously but I'm still in a lot of pain. I absolutely cannot sleep at night and wake up in sheer pain every hour or so. Ugh... Luckily my wonderful husband has been working from home and helping me take it easy. The lack of sleep is so exhausting that I went out and bought a Tempur Pedic pillow.

OMG, it's sooooooooooo smelly from the manufacturing process! It even has a sticker on it that reads, "Tempur material may have a slight odor remaining from our unique manufacturing process. It is completely harmless and will dissipate over a short time with regular use." Gross! So what is this wonderful product made from? 100% Polyurethane Foam. And I knew it when I bought it, but it IS amazingly comfortable for side sleepers. I absolutely cannot fall asleep on my back. :-( So I'm using it at night and then bringing it outside to air out all day on our deck. I'm tellin' ya, the smell almost knocked me over when I went in for a good sniff. I'm still not even sure if I'm going to keep it...



maltese parakeet said...

we got the mattress pad and it was recommended to us to jump up and down on it to get the cells to release the trapped air that has the bad smell in it. we did and it worked like a charm. throw it on the floor and let the kiddies jump around on it a bit!

Green Republican said...

Oh that's funny. What a great idea though. Actually, I think I'm going to return it. It is nice and comfy, but halfway through last night, I switched back to my old pillow. Maybe I got the wrong size (not standard vs king, I mean thickness), but for a $100 pillow, I expected MIRACULOUS sleep... ok, as miraculous as you can get while in pain. LOL Maybe I'll exchange it for less thick size (I bought the "medium" one because I have broad shoulders) and then let the girls jump on it before using it. :)

chewymama said...

i have one from select comfort and its much thinner than I ever would have picked out. i never thought id need/like such a thin pillow but the salesperson had me lay down (im a side sleeper) and then told me which one was best. i love mine, couldnt sleep without it now! hope you find something that works!


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