*Note: Whilst this post is sponsored by Drink Pure Wine, all opinions expressed in this review are my own.
A parcel landed on my doorstep, and I glanced at the address. Could this be the parcel from Drink Pure Wine? Yes it was, and I couldn’t be more delighted to receive not just one, but a few boxes of wine wands! I had been browsing their website for some time before I had approached David, the founder of the product, to see if we could work together. You could say that I was elated when he replied, and we had a nice chat over Skype. As a chemist, he shared his passion about chemistry, wines, the myth of the Asian flush, grapes and more. An interesting lesson, you could say 😉
A Revolutionary Product for Someone with Chronic Illness Like Me
It seemed like a revolutionary product, especially for those with chronic pain. Could I finally enjoy a glass of wine as and when I wanted, without the potential side effects that usually come with chronic illness? Drinking alcohol usually goes two ways for me – either I enjoy the good effects without much pain, or I feel unwell, but not in the sense of a hangover. More like a sickening feeling from having drank poison.
I had read many positive reviews about how this really helps people with migraines. Wines contain histamines and sulfites, which are potential triggers for migraine pain flares. My case is a little different; I usually get inflammatory pains from Lupus and Sjögren’s Syndrome, after I consume alcohol.
They usually manifest as swollen joints, and always raise painful bumps on my forehead and skull. I’m guessing it is my blood vessels that become inflammed, and these lumps can be quite visible. I wasn’t sure if these wine wands would be useful for such types of pains, too.
(Read Related Post: A Roundup of Biggest Pain Flare Triggers (from 40 People with Chronic Illness))
Steak and Red Wine for Dinner
We were, quite nicely, cooking steak for dinner that night. What better way to test the product out than to open a bottle of red wine, right? All in the safety of home, too 😉 I did notice the nice, buzzy effect that comes with alcohol consumption, but without the poisoned feeling this time. I was however, already rather achy that day so it was difficult to say how well the wine wands worked.
Board Games and Drinks Night
So that coming weekend, I packed the wine wands into my bag as we trotted off for a board game night at a friend’s place. I had to test them out again, of course. Wine aside, I was a little worried, as those of us with chronic illness tend to be when there is a need to socialise. I always save all my spoons, and schedule rest time before and after to help mitigate some of this stress.
When we arrived, wine bottles were ready on the table, paired with good chips, olives, ham, cottage cheese, and homemade pies. I poured myself a glass of red wine, enough to cover the filter of the wand. I swirled the wand, and left it in the glass for a little over the recommended three minutes, before removing it to take a sip. We chatted about our lives, and I consumed half a glass whilst doing so. So far so good; I started to feel nice and warm, but without any extra pain.
Another friend arrived, and we soon started the board game fun. My usual aches and pains set in, but ones that I were familiar with. This always happens when I stay out late or spend energy socialising. Yet I noticed that my ‘alcohol triggered head pains’ were actually non-existent. This was exciting for me, as I celebrated quietly in my heart. I managed to stay for a few more hours than usual, and even had a lot of fun laughing, playing and bonding!
Can you spot my wine wand?
The Day After
I needed help getting into bed when I got home. But it was just the usual fatigue and full body aches, from having overdrawn from my energy account. I had already given myself permission for full rest and recovery the day after, for some peace of mind.
But to my surprise, I actually woke up feeling not just okay-ish, but good! Living with chronic pain is like a box of bad chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get when you wake. I would even go so far as to rate it as one of the best days I’ve had in months, and I couldn’t believe that it was right after a high, energy burning night. I am definitely not saying the wine wands were the main source of this good day, but they did contribute to it!
I was in awe the entire day, and kept poking and testing various body parts just to check if it was real. I mean, I am so often in pain, whether mild or severe, that to feel almost no pain is akin to a miracle. Is this what ‘almost healthy’ feels like? It felt incredible, unbelievable.
In fact, I felt so good that I even suggested that we go out for more social activities, which is near unheard of. I am usually the one tampering them down. So off we trotted to a nice Japanese-French café for some good cake, amazing hot chocolate, and good books. After which we watched Akahige (or half of it, because it’s 3.5 hours long), with some good sushi at home. I was actually in the mood for both activities, and was glad that I could enjoy this gift of a rare, god-sent day.
I’m Definitely Adding These Wands to My Spoonie Toolbox
I love these wine wands, and am not saying it just because they were sponsored. I will definitely be keeping them in my chronic illness socialising toolbox.
I can’t drink much due to blood thinning medications I take for Antiphospholipid Syndrome (a blood clotting disorder). But the occasional glass of wine or two is fine, and these are when the wands will come in handy for me. It really is quite nice to converse with a friend slowly, over a glass of good wine.
These wands also work with white wine, and other fermented drinks such as beer. I will of course, have to test those out next 😉 You can also check out Drink Pure Wine’s FAQ page for more information on how it works here. Cheers!
This list is just a rough guide, and nothing in this review should be taken as medical advice. Always be sure to check with your doctor before you start on any new treatment or protocol.
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