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10/6/20 7:02 P

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hot water bottles can be dangerous. I had one explode on me and I was badly burned down my neck and chest. Magic bags that you heat are better.

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10/6/20 5:42 P

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I think they can also be used for cold water as well. Freeze the bag

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9/19/20 3:53 A

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I've decided not to get a hot bag.

I already have a warm shawl that I use to cover my chest.
It's warm enough.

I wish I had more than one shawl though because it comes pretty colours and patterns! But it is a little pricey.



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I have a few rubber hot water bottles, which I use in places where I don't have electricity but do have a way to heat water (over the fire when out hiking). They do expire, so I make sure to replace them every year or two, and I have fleece covers for them so that they can not cause burns. I suspect that it is the combination of burn danger and bursting due to age that makes them an issue in some places. Of course, they also contain latex (a common allergen), so often are not allowed in places such as hospitals where they try to limit allergens. They are still easily available and inexpensive here, but only in pharmacies.

If I have a microwave available, then I go for a grain bag option (mine are currently filled with oats, but I have used wheat before). You could check with the staff at the clinic to see if they will allow a couple of these, and if they have a microwave to heat them in. You will likely need to bring them in a hard plastic or glass container that they can wipe down before putting it in their microwave (to protect your grain bag from what is in the microwave, and their microwave from what is in the cloth of the bag).

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9/16/20 5:59 A

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There are also rice bags, which are similar to the wheat bags Kris mentioned. They are bags filled with white rice and you pop into the microwave. Personally, I would always use a plate under it, wheat or rice based, no matter where I was. My microwave isn't always perfectly clean, which reminds me...I need to clean it.

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I found this - something along these lines might be an idea for you
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Hot Water Bottles are easily found in NZ. I prefer wheat bags and use them regularly . There is no leakage, and so long as you don't overheat them, there is no risk of burning. They just get popped into a microwave. Given you are in a hospital setting, I would place them onto a plate before turning the microwave on.

OR you could get a little electric blanket

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You can still get them here, but it is harder to get them now.



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Do they even make them any more?



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Are they banned where you are going? Do you know why some hospitals have banned them?

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Do you think they are dangerous? As they are banned in some hospitals. The basic principle is to fill them partway with hot water and screw the stopper on. Then they are used to provide warmth in cold places.

I really need one because the dialysis centre I go to is very cold, and I have to sit right under the air conditioning for 4 hours.

I had one but it burst/sprung a leak! I am not sure if I should replace mine. Its torture to sit still for 4 hours under the air conditioning vent!

I do have a very nice, soft, warm shawl that I use to withstand the cold. It's keeping me quite warm but I sure miss my hot water bottle.

Do you think it's dangerous, and I should forget getting a new one?





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