Friday, April 15, 2011

Blogging has become a pain in the neck.

Dear Friends and Random PassersBy,

I'm typing this standing up, with my chest puffed up as best as I can manage. I'm also being very surreptitious about it because The Other Half is home today, down with the flu. And if he saw me at the computer, he'd have a hissy fit. Sick or not, he's a very accomplished debater [as he calls nagging].

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I think I may have some RSI from blogging too much. My neck hurts. My shoulder hurts. My right arm is all tingly. And I haven't slept properly in days because there's no comfortable position to rest my head. In short, whinge, whinge, boohoo. I'm in pain, please feel sorry for me.

I'd like to be able to blame this pain on my capoeira master who, this week, gave us some fantastic new explosive push-ups to do. Only 5 at a time, repeated a few times. If the spring chickens in the class had problems doing them, imagine how this old hen felt. Yes, I'd bravely like to blame him, because the chances of him reading this post are nil. [Unless of course, some other friend reading this does a Julian Assange.]

But I fear I cannot. It is, without doubt, the hours I spend in front of the computer [mostly blogging] that's done me in.

Oh no, I hear The Other Half moving about. He's woken up and come downstairs and I may be in mortal danger.

So I'm quickly going to finish up.

I have to take a break from posting and commenting for a while. Just till the neck sorts itself out, which may be by the weekend for all I know, in which case I would have written and published a perfectly useless post. I'll try to read and comment as much as I can, but you know how verbose I can be, even in my comments, so that may or may not work.

Crap. I think I've been caught out. So okay, goodbye for now.


Jen said...

Oh Goodness! Get better soon!!! We'll miss you out here in blogging land!! :)

Jen and th Black Dog Crew

chandra said...

I bet it's your chair! Of course, I have no idea where you perch to craft your posts but most everyone is using a crummy chair for their hours and hours at the computer.

Rest, rest and more rest for you! And by rest I mean Zumbos and spots of sunshine. Hope your recover is swift!

-c at ddy.

Anonymous said...

[Unless of course, some other friend reading this does a Julian Assange.] ... love it

get well soon .. might drop by to see the Batizado

georgia little pea said...

Oh oh. i wonder who you might be. obviously someone who's been missing in action. hmmm. anonymity sucks, says the blogger who's a dog.

houndstooth said...

Uh oh! I never realized blogging could be hazardous to your health! Take care of yourself and I hope you're feeling better soon!

Kenzo said...

Hope you both feel better soon! You can prevent RSI by taking a lot of small breaks when you are working at the computer. The breaks interrupt the constant strain from the unnatural position your in. Please do so, RSI can become nasty!

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

I had to do it, I just looked up 'capoeira' and the online dictionary said it's a system of physical discipline and movement originating among Brazilian slaves, treated as a martial art and dance form. I've never heard of it before coming across it in your blog and curiosity finally got the better of me, so now I know. Well, what it means, but not what you do. Guess I'll have to Google that:)

I can sympathise with your pain in the neck as I do the same to myself by sitting here too long, except my pain is more across the shoulders. Would a good massage help? Can the OH massage? Have you tried acupuncture? I guess most things would give temporary relief at best and once you start sitting in front of the computer for hours again it will all come back. I know my pain comes right after having to go to work and not be able to sit here for hours on end:)

I bet you won't stay away too long;) I hope you don't anyway!

georgia little pea said...

@Chandra- yes, very crummy chair. Shhh. That's something TOH often debates about.

@Kenzo- I fear it may already be too late.

@GreyhoundsCANsit - BOL! I knew someone would google it. And of course, it's YOU :) No acupuncture, but I have tried massage, lots of stretching, heatsac, The Ball, voltaren cream and good old anti-inflammatories (which I've been taking for my knee anyway.) Yeah, unfortunately, all temporary relief :(

Pamela said...

Yes, rest is best and time away from the computer. Don't worry. We'll all be here waiting for you when you're ready to come back. We Fido friends are very faithful (you did take Latin, didn't you?)

And Georgia and Mr. Thumper won't mind a bit if you spend less time absorbed in a monitor.

Hope you get some pain relief soon. I understand that dog petting can be very therapeutic.

Kristine said...

I hope you feel better soon. I understand the need for a break. That's why I try to stay away from the computer on weekends. It's not always easy, but it is necessary for my physical and mental health.

Take care of yourself and your furry friends. We will miss you but we will wait as long as you need.

Elizabeth said...

Georgia - We were also going to need to Google the "O" word, but thanks to GCS, we know that it means "strange, gyrating tribal self-defense" (no offense, TOH, but we can only understand so many big words).

We sincerely hope you have stopped *that* nonsense and are practicing NOT repeating any movement that causes your discomfort. Our person once had a pain in her neck (not us) so bad, she couldn't sleep either. It eventually worked itself out.

Sniff you when you feel better.

Jon Farleigh and Dewi

Tell-A-Tale said...

Re the appearance of the out-at-work-human: Said one pain-in-the-neck to the other pain-in-the-neck...

Get well soon from this neck of the woods.

And yes, absolutely your eyes (especially if you are using multi-focal glasses) MUST be looking downwards towards the screen (a sufficiently high chair is essential, I use a simple swivel-top stool from Ikea and top it with a round cushion for comfort). AND you must CONSCIOUSLY tilt your neck from its BASE, stay aware of what your neck is doing on its upper pivot, you may find it tilting UP, which is not a good thing.

Do the hang-your-head down regularly, and the downward-facing-dog. NO full-neck rotations.


Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

I'm glad I popped back and read what Tell-A-Tale said. I'll try and remember all that and maybe I won't get the sore shoulder thing:) Hope you're on the improve by now! Sounds like you've tried nearly everything except for a long period of abstinence!

Karen Friesecke said...

Sometimes, blogging is a pain in the neck for me, too. I tend to rest my head on my left hand while I am reading and will sometimes get a muscle cramp in my neck. I try to switch positions when I remember, but more often that not, I get all "crampy".

sonia a. mascaro said...

Oh dear friend! I am sorry you have with pain in the neck. I hope you feel better very soon. I understand you need a time break from blogging.
Have a pleasant weekend.
(((Many hugs)))

sagechronicles said...

Darn. What our fun time in front of the computer can do to you....I hope it heals really soon!

Jean said...

Definitely, a break is in order (a break from blocking, that is, not a broken neck/arm/shoulder!). And perhaps a new computer chair? I can highly recommend one by Keilhauer (if available down under), called the Junior. My former employer bought one for me, to accomodate my disability after my accident, and it is the only ergonomic chair that I have ever used that I can sit in for hours without getting neck/shoulder/backpain. When I retired, I bought one for my home and have never regretted it. This week I'm using a regular chair as company is using my office, and I'm paying the price for sure.
The Keilhauer chair is pricey - very - but worth every penny. I have recommended it to numerous friends and family, and after an initial adjustment period everyone one of them has fallen in love with it.
I should have asked my company to give me the chair as a retirement gift instead of the assortment of lovely, but unneeded, things I did get! LOL

Rajashree Khalap said...

Get well soon! I had back pains too. Physiotherapy fixed everything!

Friko said...

Sorry you're feeling crook. I've got used to the blogging neck pain. I look at the screen through the bottom of my glasses, keeping my head tilted back most of the time.
Thank Goodness Benno is a large dog, I'd constantly be falling over him otherwise.

Pup Fan said...

Oh no! I hope you feel better soon - I've had my own battles with RSI-type issues (job involves lots of sitting at a computer), so I know how horrible they can be!