By Beth Terrell
Some things are easy to take for granted. Until recently, the disks in my lower back were among those things I took for granted, but for the last few weeks, I've spent a hefty percentage of my days lying on an ice pack, gently walking, and trying not to lift anything. Also, "Stay off the computer," my chiropractor said. For someone who's on the computer approximately twelve hours a day, that seemed impossible--especially with Killer Nashville (the conference I help organize) imminent. After I'd argued, wheedled, and whined for awhile, he agreed that I could type in brief spurts, which is what I'm doing now.
I guess it's a hazard of the trade, but my habit of writing while sitting on the couch with my laptop on my lap so the dogs can sit beside me probably doesn't help. It looks like I'll have to find another way to get my day job, conference tasks, book promotion, and writing done without crippling myself or losing "puppy time." Anybody else struggling with bad backs and rationed computer time? Any advice you'd care to share?
I hope to share some new-found advice next week, but in the meantime, I've used up my allotted typing time. Time to go back on ice.