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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I used to be a medical transcriptionist and could merrily type away with no neck pain, but wore out my thumbs and wrists.....

I now am a billing clerk and still on the computer and lately my neck has been killing me (spasms and aching all the time). This coincides with my doing a new job duty on the computer with lots of using the mouse and looking at small icons and clicking on them. It has been about a month for the neck pains and the new duty (it is only 1 hour a day at present but supervisor wants to expand it to 3 or 4 hours).

I noticed my posture has been bad and things have been blurry looking on the computer. I am farsighted (presbyopia, meaning old eyes) and I have had to get lots of different glasses for different tasks. I need one strength for reading, one for playing the piano and another for the computer. I have been using 2.5 readers for everything and apparently that is not working anymore as I have been having problems focusing when on the computer and I get eye fatigue when trying to read. So I went out and bought glasses at Costco 3 pairs of 2.0 and 3 pairs of 2.25. Comparing prices, Target charges $12 a pair for identical glasses. Costco sells 3 pairs in a pack for $18. So I invested $36 plus tax on a hunch this is my problem making my neck hurt.

I will give an update in a day or so. Sometimes we are forced to make changes and I find that our bodies are always trying to tell us something. Right now my knees are saying, "Get off that computer and go swim before work." (They say this by aching and feeling stiff, and I need to listen.) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 10/27/2009 10:06PM

    Neck stretches and shoulder circles can both be great for tired necks and posture. emoticon

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TEDDYTEDDY 10/27/2009 12:36PM

    report: I can see much better but need to work on my posture...and maybe do some neck strengthening exercises after my neck spasms settle down...

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MSLZZY 10/27/2009 7:32AM

    After years of sitting at a computer desk, I am trying to find a good position and angle that works. I read your blog and thought "Maybe I should get my eye exam early this year". I am
scheduling an appointment today. I have readers that I use very occasionally and think I will
have to invest in a more permanent pair. Do I really need glaases? I'm pretty sure I will!
Good luck! emoticon

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He/she who helps him/herself....

Monday, October 26, 2009

I think I solved the problem of my blankety blank aching neck....My glasses are too strong!!! Thissounds backwards but I am far sighted. I have been having trouble seeing the computer and have been leaning forward to get in focus...therefore, my glasses are too strong, so I went out and got readers in 2.00 and 2.25 (I have been using 2.5). I surely hope this is going to be an "easy fix," cause I certainly don't want any more surgery in my life..... I will write tomorrow after work and let you know if that helped my aching blankety-blank neck.... emoticon

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TEDDYTEDDY 10/27/2009 9:10PM

    I am commenting on my own blog....yes, I did need 2.0 strength glasses for the computer. It is so much better. Now I have to work on taming the spasms down and then gradually start neck strenthening exercises and work on my poor posture.... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARCHMAID 10/27/2009 11:09AM

    Sometimes the answers are easy--hope easy answers come to other problems!

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CRUZINCARIL 10/27/2009 12:31AM

    thats amazing it was so simple! hope things stay good!

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KFH3107 10/27/2009 12:03AM

    Good Luck @ getting rid of the pain in the neck - if it were only so easy for all the causes!!!! emoticon

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JETERTONI 10/26/2009 11:04PM

    I hope you're right.

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Monday, Monday....back to work in 1.5 hours....

Monday, October 26, 2009

I am up at 4:30 this a.m. and ate breakfast (forgot I was supposed to take medicine an hour before eating...that's the thyroid med). After work I am going swimming and really missed swimming on Thursday and Tuesday last week as the pool was closed. I hope my eyes are getting better from the medicated drops. I noticed that the sun bothered them and I had to wear my shades even though it was cloudy over the weekend. Bringing hand sanitizer to work and am concentrating on NOT TOUCHING MY EYES (even though they are itchy and uncomfortable) as this eye infection is very contagious but I don't think I should stay home from work as this could last 10 days or so even with medication.

At least the sinus headache is better and my neck is pretty good this morning, too.

The highlight of my day? Swimming from 5 to 6 p.m. today.....yeah!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 10/26/2009 9:41PM

    Glad you could get back to swimming! Good luck with the eye drops and meds.

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CRUZINCARIL 10/26/2009 11:34AM

    you sound like youre making great progress in your illnesses...great! and u have a fun event to look forward to after work..swimming!..im jealous...have a great fun day! carole

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NUTRON3 10/26/2009 7:07AM

    Good luck

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Finally down 1.1 lb this morning...

Sunday, October 25, 2009

I can't seem to stop myself from weighing myself every morning and for now I will just accept that I am a bit obsessed with the scale. A couple weeks ago when I bought my new scale it said 243 and now it says 36.6 and that is finally down a lb from the place I was stuck for 8 days. Spark pages suggest weighing once a week but right now I am focusing on sodium reduction and getting rid of excess fluid so I don't think once a day is a bad idea. However, I did weigh myself in the evening a few times and that appears to be my "fat" time of day so I won't do that anymore!!! emoticon emoticon

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CRUZINCARIL 10/25/2009 4:10PM

    i also am obsessed with the scale..congrats on the loss! emoticon carole

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MOTOMOMOF2 10/25/2009 2:16PM

    I am obsessed big time weighting myself. Day and night. Oh well its just how I want to do it.

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CHATERJOY 10/25/2009 9:54AM

    Weighing every day makes me crazy too! I don't put myself through that anymore. I weigh once a week...at the same time of day..first thing in the morning before I have eaten and in the nude. haha. That way I know I am comparing apples to apples. I think each person has to do their own thing though and if you feel the need to weigh everyday then go for it! I hope it works out for you. Good luck!

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TEDDYTEDDY 10/25/2009 9:18AM

    I actually do feel a little thinner in the middle and am happy I bought 2 pairs of stretchier pants to wear instead of struggling with the zippers on my too tight pants (I am sure they will feel looser after another 5 lb loss)....

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GABBIE00 10/25/2009 8:18AM

    I only weigh once a week and I hate doing it then.

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MSWEEZER 10/25/2009 8:01AM

    Don't feel bad. I also weight at night and then again in the morning quite often. I always see a 1.5 - 2 lb change just overnight. Weird indeed. Just keep at it and don't stress over it. Seeing that your clothes feel a bit looser is a nice indicator rather than the number on the scale. You'll get there. Keep at it!!


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EXACT same weigh in 8 days and holding..

Saturday, October 24, 2009

And the good news is I have not gained any weight in over a week. Weight still holding at 237.7. Watching calories and sodium and water intake. Saw on The Doctors show that 1 cup of cottage cheese is 800 mg of sodium and there it was on the label, exactly what they said (only the label said 400 mg for 1/2 cup serving). So I whipped it--threw out half of a large carton of cottage cheese and unless I find low sodium cottage cheese (the show said there is such a thing, which I have not seen) I will not buy cottage cheese again, in this lifetime.... I did check the sodium level on my no fat yogurt and that was only 150 mg for a full cup.

I really need to read all the labels more carefully when I am shopping so I don't have to waste food like that. I have read that cottage cheese can be rinsed and drained with a strainer but the residue does not sound very appetizing, does it? emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 10/24/2009 3:08PM

    No more cottage cheese for me! Thanks for posting ... Susie and Bobby emoticon

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LOVEX3 10/24/2009 11:16AM

    Thanks about the cottage cheese

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KPACILLI 10/24/2009 9:48AM

  Thanks for the advise. Today is my first day down this road so I will make sure I read all labels. emoticon

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    Every day is worth it. Eventually the scale will move.

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EILAROSE1 10/24/2009 9:36AM

    You will be surprised to see how much sodium in in quite a few things especially when you start reading g the contents on the labels

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CHATERJOY 10/24/2009 9:34AM

    emoticon Hang in there!

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MSLZZY 10/24/2009 9:14AM

    Rinsed and drained cottage cheese? Yuck. I'll pass LOL!

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