Life has taken on a ridiculous cast in my household. Tonight, as on many other nights, my husband and I sat at the kitchen table, each on our own computer. This struck me as so funny that I had my daughter take a picture of us.
I am sure this is not an anomoly in many households, especially with two professionals who both use a computer, but it is such an unforeseen outcome of the direction our lives have taken. My husband has been chained to one computer or another for years at work. For a long time he worked at Newsday and we can both still remember the introduction of computers at his job. He now writes for a CUNY College and is on his computer all day, every day.
Over the decades he has sporadically had serious Repetitive Injury Syndrome (RIS) from doing so much typing. Eventually more ergonomic devices were installed at his work station which would temporarily alleviate the pain, but not for long. About four or five nights out of seven he sits and watches tv with an ice pack wrapped in an elastic band around his arm(s). He has had extensive physical therapy and massage and has resorted to strong doses of anti-inflammatories when needed, which is frequently. At this point I think he is resigned to suffering until he retires in about two years.
I have been more fortunate. Computers were not really introduced into school settings until about 20 years ago, and in classrooms much later. Although my students and I occasionally used computers in the lab, most of the time I was happily oblivious to the digital world. Only in my final five or so years of teaching did I feel I must introduce my ESL students to computers to help them keep up with their peers.
Now all that has changed for me as well. Since I first began blogging a year ago on SOLSC #15, I am never far from my iPad. I do often suffer from back and neck discomfort when I have spent too much time on the iPad and am forced to pull back for a day or so. But this March Challenge is without pity and, besides, I love it so much I just type through the pain. Fortunately I am not much of an online shopper, nor do I pass the time playing computer games and the like. Nope! I am much too busy happily writing on my iPad until my hands and neck muscles begin to tell me to stop as they are doing right now!