With the thought that it might alleviate some of my arm issues, JJ bought and installed a new flatscreen monitor on my computer this week. My old monitor was great picture-wise, but it was HUGE. It was given to us by a gentleman from our church whose Silicon Valley company was upgrading their computer screen (probably to flatscreens!), and at that time I needed a new monitor, so it worked out well. But, it was huge, the screen was right in my face, and it took up practically all the space on my desk. The new monitor is great, the picture is no longer right in my face, and it has made my computer desk feel entirely different. This is a real blessing, because we had also thought about getting me a new computer desk to help out my arm. But, I like my old one; it’s compact, it fits all my Music Together and Kids Sing CD’s perfectly, and I’m happy to be able to keep it for now. However, we are going to look into getting me a real computer chair, rather than the extra kitchen chair I’m currently using.
Best of all, this new flatscreen monitor seems to be helping my carpal tunnel issues. When I sit at my desk, the monitor is no longer right in my face, which probably was causing some of my problems. I know that I I feel more ergonomic already. I talked to a friend of mine who has had carpal tunnel issues in the past, and he said that the important thing in avoiding carpal tunnel problems at the computer is to have your body at as many 90 degree angles as possible. That’s what I already have with this desk, and it’s even better now with the flatscreen. So, perhaps I won’t get a new desk afterall.
I’ve been thinking about this carpal tunnel business a lot, and I’ve realized that my problems MUST be coming from something other than just the computer. For all that I feel I am on the computer too much (although I am better than I have been in the past), I know that I’m not on it enough to get carpal tunnel. My right shoulder has had issues for many months, too. It’s one of the reasons I consistently go to the chiropractor, because he does help it.
In thinking about what else could be causing me such problems, I realized that the other part of the problem most likely is — Curious J. She’s a solidly built toddler, and whenever I lift her up onto her changing area, I always lay her down with her head on my left, which means I’m extending my right shoulder at an awkward angle. In thinking about this today, I remembered having similar shoulder problems with Lyd. I didn’t start potty-training Lyd until she was over 3 years old, so I was lifting my big girl up for quite a while.
So, now I’m lifting Curious J up a little differently so as not to strain my shoulder, I’m making sure to be as ergonomic as possible when I type, and I’m trying to type as little as possible. Hopefully, all of this will help.
Maybe I’ll just have to try to potty-train Curious J earlier than I did Lyd. I actually have the potty seat up in the bathroom already, and J loves to sit on it in her birthday suit before and after her bath. She accidentally peed a bit on it once, but it didn’t make an impression on her. But, I figure it’s just a matter of time. I’m not going to push her like I did with Lyd, because that completely backfired on me, and made potty training take SO much longer! But, J wants so much to copy her big sister and me, so I’m hoping that those examples will rub off on her, and she’ll potty train earlier than age three and a half. My arm needs a break from changing diapers!