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!