For the last couple of years Larry has been having some problems with a hip and a shoulder. Last year he started doing some morning stretches and while this helped his hip the shoulder stretches actually seemed to make things worse. We have also talked about replacing our waterbed, it is more than thirty years old but we really like it. Last fall we looked at it seriously, whenever we would stay at a hotel that had a bed Larry liked he would look for the label to see what the mattress was. We also stayed overnight with some friends who had a sleep number bed in their guest room that we really liked. Larry even called one of the manufactures of a Sleep Number type of bed to discuss options. The gentleman asked what we have been sleeping on, Larry told him it was a water bed. He didn't think a Sleep Number bed would really help nor did he think we would like one all that much after using a waterbed, he suggested doing stretches (Larry was already doing this) and adding more water to the water bed to get more support. This actually helped his hip but at times it still bothers him, however it has not helped his shoulder.
After sleeping on a different mattress this weekend and really liking it Larry started researching beds again. Beds can be expensive, he really wanted to give a Sleep Number Bed a try but didn't want to spend thousands of dollars on something that we may not like. On Craigslist he actually found a used king size for sale in Kempner. He e-mailed the lady and made an appointment at 1:00. We drove there to check it out. It was in great condition so we bought it. It came in a lot of pieces. We barely fit all the pieces in the truck. Sleep number wants $4000 for this model without the base, we bought this one for $300 with the base. Now while I realize some folks will spend $4000 or even more for a bed this would be crazy expensive for us and since you can purchase all of the bed pieces separately if something goes wrong or wears out we can simply purchase the piece we need. We were thrilled to find one so inexpensive and close to home.
When we got home we assembled the bed in the second bedroom. We put all the pieces on the floor. You assemble the base first, then put down an enclosure cover, foam side supports, a foam pad, air mattresses, air compressor, a zip on cover, a foam topper and finally a padded zip on cover. The last step was to air both sides up to 100 and then take the air down to 50 and back up to 100 a couple of times. We'll sleep on it a couple of nights in the second bedroom to see how we like it and to decide how to set it up in the master bedroom.
|Half of the base|
|Both of the bases|
|Before adding air mattress|
|Testing the bed out|
Larry received an e-mail from PBS saying that the new season of Grantchester was now available to stream. This evening we watched the first two episodes. Then we started a new series on Amazon called Good Karma Hospital. It's a good series about a young lady doctor that goes to India to find herself. I finished watching Murdock Mysteries last night. The eighth season of Suits is now available on Amazon so I started watching it. We had a great day.