Writing and My Aching Neck

Writing a book takes endurance, patience, and lots of time. I knew that. What I did not realize was that it could be hazardous to my health. That has been an awful lesson to learn, which has curtailed my time spent at my computer and playing with my grandchildren.

While it is possible that the neck pain and tingling in my arms and legs could be the result of some insidious illness, my Internet searches and postings on writers’ forums validates my theory that my book has caused my troubles. (Note that insidious is defined as “proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with harmful effects.”)

That is precisely how it happened. The pain crept its cruel way into my life ever so slowly until Bam—I am now propping myself up with pillows and popping pain pills and muscle relaxers prescribed by my doctor. My daughter suggested yoga and acupuncture, and my fellow writers offered ideas regarding how to better position myself at my computer by raising the monitor, lowering the keyboard, extending my arms, and getting a foot rest. Additionally, I should be taking frequent breaks and stretching often.

Rum was also suggested, although I prefer a nice glass of Zinfandel! So I will try to implement these suggestions and hope I am back to my former pain-free self soon.

Don’t make the same mistake that I did!




About kjw616

I am a genealogy detective. I have already written one book about my Irish family's journey from 19th century Ireland to the United States- a family history sprinkled with personal anecdotes. My second book was intended to be a similar story about my Russian ancestors. Instead, it turned into a tale of just my father's immediate family. It is the tale of what happens when 6 children from New Jersey are moved to the Soviet Union by their Russian-born parents during the Great Depression. It details who lives, who dies, and who is able to return to NJ during a time when leaving the USSR was not an easy endeavor, particularly during World War II and the Cold War. It is my hope that those interested in history during this time period will find this story fascinating as well as those fellow amateur family historians who will learn some of the tools such as ancestry.com, visits to the National Archives, and local libraries I used to uncover this story.
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