soulstar: (Eleven - Timelords get lost too)
So, I've been absent for a while. All sorts have been going on really - I started self-employed work, and have recently had to stop again for a while at least because my brain is just speshul like that. Not even a mental health issue this time, either. Regardless, I've been busy in one way or another, and social media is a thing that I let slide.

Anyway, a result of being off work is that I've actually had a crack at doing some writing again. First time in years other than noting down some ideas a few times. Kind of ironic, because I can't actually see terribly well at the moment. I can still touch-type, however, and zoom and spell-check are my friends! I'm hopeful I might actually finish something for a change this time. That would be fun.

I have a question for you though, fanfic readers: I've also decided to finally bung my old fic on AO3*. Shall I bother backdating the publish date to the original ones (many pre-date the AO3 site), or shall I just put that info in the notes and leave the publish date as the date I publish to AO3? What's of most use / sense to a reader or browser? I'm leaning towards backdating tbh. It feels tidier.

In conclusion / summary: Hi! (I wonder if anyone's even still there/reading? O.o) Give me your fannish opinion! And I really am going to see if I can incorporate DW/LJ back into my day. Would love to catch up with the flist!

* Some of it at any rate. Some will no doubt be mercifully culled.
soulstar: (Sam/Gene heart)

For nearly 18 months now, my left shoulder has been “ouchy”.  By which I mean, there are stabbity pains in the joint, the muscles down my upper arm have gradually got more and more tense, and putting my arm back to put on a coat or whatever sometimes just didn’t really work.  In summary: ow.

But hooray, I’ve finally worked my way up the waiting list and a couple of weeks ago I saw the physiotherapist at the hospital for my first appt.  And guess what?  My posture is completely borked, and my back is as tight as an exceedingly tight thing, which has caused and/or exacerbated inflammation of my shoulder ligaments(? tendons? I forget).  Then blah blah tl:dr subsequent tensing of the arm muscles and it’s all been a whole catch-22.

So, I’ve got exercises to do, which I think are definitely helping, but the one thing that she said also needed to be sorted out asap was my computer desk ergonomics.  I spend an awful lot of time sitting here, and I have known it needed sorting out: there was a shelf for the monitors which put them too high even if I had my chair up as far as possible, which in its turn meant that my short little legs were dangling in the air.  Plus, I was smooshed up against the wall on my left side and, it turns out, had my mouse too far over to the right!  Whoops.

I have actually been looking for a new desk for a while now, but can’t really afford one just yet.  However, my brother came up with a couple of excellent ideas: Mum is redecorating his old bedroom, complete with new furniture which meant that his old desk was going spare.  So I’ll be getting that once we can get it over here.  And then he asked if I could detach the monitor shelf.  That hadn’t even occurred to me.  Yes, I could.  So I did.  Then I moved the printer (which was on the right of the desk), pulled the desk away from the wall, and put the printer in the resulting space there instead.

New desk set-up

New desk set-up

It’s not the perfect solution: there’s a middle shelf bracket that means I can’t put the monitors right to the back of the main desk, but since the keyboard is on a pull-out tray, I’m still a good distance back.

I’m left with less workspace for now, but only until I get the second desk.  And I’ve been able to put my chair back down to a me-sized height.  This means that I’m finally, for the first time in years (!) sitting properly at my desk.  So much better!

I think it also helps that a bloke I know is doing a course in sports massage at the college, and I get to be one of his guinea pigs.  Doing the physio exercises unsurprisingly stretched things in my back that’d been determinedly tense for ages, so it was fab having that ironed back out again.  I have two more sessions with him to go, too.  :-)

Mirrored from Enchilada Sunrise.

soulstar: (All in my head)

Bipolar UK is the new name for what used to be called MDF: The Manic Depression Fellowship. I think the new version is more succinct, don’t you?  They’re launching a campaign which will hopefully become an annual event:

A public education campaign, Bipolar Awareness Day will be launched on Wednesday 27 June 2012 by Bipolar UK, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Bipolar Scotland.
- Quote from Bipolar UK

Approximately 1% of people in the UK have bipolar – that’s 1 in every 100 people, remember.  So even if you don’t have a close friend or family member who’s affected, it’s very likely that someone you’re acquainted with – a work colleague, or someone you went to school with – is living with bipolar.

Bipolar UK are planning to focus on one aspect of the condition every year.  This year it’s the fact that most people take around 10 years to receive the correct diagnosis.  That was certainly the case with me.

Anyway, go and check out their shiny new site if you’re interested, and find out some more information about the campaign there.

Mirrored from Enchilada Sunrise.

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