I am being completely serious with the title of my blog post. It’s not a play on words and it’s not a joke.
For the past several months I have been in a lot of pain in my back and neck. I’m one of those ‘see the worst’ kind of people. I never used to be but… life. When my back started hurting I ignored it because I didn’t think it could be all that serious. When my neck started hurting I thought ‘uh-oh’, but when I started to get a horrible almost indescribable pain at the base of my skull I though – oh shit, the end is nigh.
Sorry for the swear, but I really did think that. My neck started making grinding noises every time I moved it. My back cracked and pulled every time I sat up straight. Bending over became an issue and sleep almost impossible and as someone with an aversion to sleep anyway, this wasn’t good. I got pins and needles in my thumbs and sometimes my toes.
So off I trundled to the doctor. And there was the ‘ah ha’ moment.
See, I have really bad posture and when I’m writing I sit cross-legged and hunched over the laptop with it balanced on my lap. BAD, BAD ME. So now I have to go see a physiotherapist to strengthen my back again. Ooops. I’m relieved it’s something that can be treated and repaired. I’m also relieved that, as a resident of the UK, I can rely on the National Health Service to look after me. I don’t know how much physiotherapy costs in countries without a National Health Service, but I imagine it’s costly.
The stupid thing is, this could all have been avoided.
Had I used my brain, purchased a desk and sat up straight, I could have avoided the pain, the physiotherapy and the weakening of my spine. I deserve no sympathy, it is my own stupid fault for spending hours and hours every day hunched over my laptop. So for all of you out there that spend a lot of time on a computer, sit up and pay attention to your posture or you’ll end up thinking your head is going to fall off your neck, like I did.
I implore you, look after yourself! I assure you, it’s worth it.