The Folded Wet Sheet.
IN domestic practice, a modification of the wet sheet may be had by folding four double a common coarse sheet, for enclosing the trunk from the armpits down. Two thicknesses of this are wet in cold water to come next the body.
This is a valuable application in a host of ailments, as pleurisy, inflammation of the lungs, inflammation of the bowels, colic, cholera, cholera morbus, rheumatism, painful menstruation, after pains, etc. This remedy, which can be applied in five minutes, will often soothe a patient quietly to sleep, whose lot, without it, would be a night of agony. One advantage of this application is, that if a patient is too weak to rise, the sheet may be opened in front, so that fresh water may, when needed, be sprinkled upon it, and wet towels may be added under it upon the abdomen, if necessary.
In all the methods of applying the wet sheet, there can be no possible objection to using warm bricks, bottles, etc., for the feet when cold. ,
Bath after the Pack. It is the practice generally to take some
form of the bath after the pack. If the patient is too feeble to rise, an ablution is performed while he is in bed. In other cases, a wet sheet rubbing, shallow, plunge, towel, or other bath, is resorted to, but not strictly of necessity. It is better however, as a rule, to make the process a compound one, that is to take some form of bath after the pack. This should also be followed by exercise in the open air, if it can possibly be taken. A pack, followed by a faithful turn at work, or by exercise in the open air, is always worth much more than when followed by rest within doors.
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