The Evolution of the Pillow Menu
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|Sun, 11-18-2012 - 11:20pm|
DH sleeps propped up on many pillows, it began with 3 and at the last count it was up to 11, arranged in quite a precise way. He has asthma and feels better able to breathe like this, so I don't have any issue with the numbers, but let me tell you, bed making is not the simple affair it once was. I should point out now, before I progress, that DH does a lot of housework, and cooking, but bed making has always been my responsibility.
In the beginning DH had just 3 pillows, and as long as they were the same 3 pillows he didn't mind in which order they were, he marked each of them with and "X" so I could make sure he always had those same 3 and they didn't get mixed up with mine, and while ever all the "X" pillows were on his side all was good. Then over time the asthma got worse and the number of pillows began to increase, so a new system had to be devised. The "X"s changed to numbers, which may seem easy, except for some unknown reason the simple 1-2-3-4 etc format changed to 2-3-5-4 , with number 2 halfway down the bed, sort of under his lower back, then the other 3 in a stack, with numbers 1 and 6 at the side of the bed in case he needed extras during the night. He even put a post -it note above the bed because sometimes I couldn't remember which order they were supposed to be in. But don't get me started on the time we went to my Mother's and I forgot to make a note of which order they were meant to go in!
Are you still with me? I hope so, because it's about to escalate to a whole new level. DH has recently changed his identification system again and we are now using letters as well. E has replaced 2, A, B and C are in the stack, but D is slightly wedged under A bit (he has written this on the actual D pillow for me.) Numbers 1 and 6 are still at the side of the bed, but we also have an assortment of pillows without Xs, letters or numbers which he uses to top up the base stack. How the additional pillows are arranged depends on the night. Getting the balance right can be a time consuming and at times frustating affair for him, and sometimes he just gives up and sleeps in the spare bed, where there is another stack of pillows which I just place there in random order. Sometimes I wake in the night and my second pillow has mysteriously migrated to his side of the bed, or beyond.
With all these pillows and the need for correct placement, bed making can take quite a while, throw in 3 cats jumping around on top and under while I am trying to get the job completed and the stress levels begin to rise. So.....next time you change the sheets, spare a thought for me and the "pillow menu". Who knows where it will go to from here.