@alleycatkate Kate, regarding GERD, I’ve tried 2 different types of wedges for sleeping and ended up rejecting both. The first was the standard 2-foot long wedge that made me bend at the waist instead of at the hips, which was very uncomfortable. The second was a full bed wedge. It was only 3 inches at the head to an eighth inch at the foot. However, even with the mild slant, both my husband and I ended up sliding down the bed in our sleep, with our feet scrunched up at the bottom of the bed in the morning.
Your reminding me not to sleep on my right side also resulted in an hilarious experiment this morning. I typically fall asleep most quickly when my husband cuddles me by spooning. I’ve been sleeping on the right side of the bed (if facing up to the ceiling) for the 40 years of our marriage, so when we spoon, I’m lying on my right side. This morning while we were cuddling (not spooning), I remembered your post and I suggested we try cuddling by switching place on the bed, so that when we ended up spooning, I'd by on my left side. We would have made a great comedy on “Candid Camera!” Our arms were all akimbo trying to do the mirror image of what we’d been doing for so long. I almost ended up on the floor laughing so hard. (I think I’ll first try staying on the right side of the bed, but not spooning to fall asleep. 🙂 )
Regarding the Red Tide and blue-green algae in Florida, I'm not at all hopeful. If current industrial farming practices continue and the problems of climate change continue to be ignored, I expect things will only get worse. 🙁