If you are a CHDer or even someone who has had grueling surgeries in their life, you might know oh too well how your whole body is effected, not just the part being repaired or fixed.
I won’t get into the details of open heart surgery, but let’s just say between your chest being cracked open, pulled back for hours, put back together and then recovering from it all in a bed or chair can be a big burden on your back and neck. The thoracic area especially, can be a real killer(thank god for muscle relievers). The idea of getting up and walking around to avoid stiff muscles, get everything moving makes perfect sense, but doesn’t always go the way everyone envisions it.
For me, I get extremely sick after open heart surgery. To the point, where I can see how people are in such pain just want to die and suffer no more. Thankfully, you just get through it. But, as the weeks go on, you are in survival mode. Trying to find a comfortable and pain free position is rough. Sleeping is even worse. Eventually, this does take a toll on other parts of your body. For me, it was and still is my back and neck.
Over the years, I’ve learned a few tricks here and there, but one thing I recently found to be so helpful was having an adjustable laptop standing desk. I’m not talking about the big ones you might see on TV, but a rather smaller and more convenient one that fits perfectly on your desk or wherever you find yourself working away on your laptop. Being a grad student, I am almost always on my computer doing research, writing papers or lesson planning and if I don’t take care of my back and neck, I will pay for it in more ways than one.
Seeing a Chiropractor and a Physical Therapist for a couple of years was so helpful, but unfortunately can be costly. Taking proactive steps to prevent any more pain and prepare for future testing, procedures or surgeries while on a budget can be done. I don’t want my life full of constant typing on my laptop between grad classes and blogging to put anymore strain on my back and neck. I decided to purchase a Readaeer adjustable foldable laptop stand desk table. It allows me to look straight ahead at my laptop, rather than look down at my screen or look even farther down to type. It took me years to realize that a simple position change can hinder the course of pain for both the present and the future. By far, this was a wonderful purchase for all the things I have to get done in my daily life without having my back and neck pay for it.
If you are someone who depends on their computer almost every part of the day and struggle with back and neck pain from your open heart surgery, I encourage you to purchase one for yourself. You deserve to be free of muscle aches and pain after being through so much already from surgery.