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Well that ended my study phase

I guess it’s about time that I updated the site and clarified what’s been going on with me and around me.

The work I was doing for that University course never got completed and got recorded as a Fail. I went through several weeks of on-again off-again pain and the Tramadol taken with the Lyrica blew my concentration out the window. At times the sedation was affecting me so much that I would fall asleep every 30 minutes or so and if I was reading I’d forget what was the last sentence that I had read.

Even though I was given extra time, by July I had told the school and Open Universities that it simply wasn’t working out and to take me off their lists.

Since then I’ve focused on just getting through the day and doing as little as possible that might upset my arms and caused me to hit the painkillers again. Every now and then I find that I’ve been unsuccessful, the pain comes, I take the painkillers, I lose a day in a haze.

I’m still a little active, I still do chores around the house, at least the chores that I can do without causing the problems to exacerbate. At present I’m volunteering each weekend at the local hospital where I act as a patient guide providing information and physical guidance to help visitors get around the hospital. It is a lot of fun and the physical activity, I walk miles during a shift, it is very good for me and I feel better inside and out for doing the work.

So back to this site. I intend to keep it going.  It will cover the kinds of things that I’m doing or things I might want to add a comment about or events and activities that I get involved in.It will expand to cover other aspects of my life such as my Model Railway hobbies.

I hope I am able to keep a regular posting schedule but that depends on too many factors for me to say it’s going to happen like that.

I thank you for hanging around while all of this circus was taking place in my life and I hope in the future I can find more interesting things to share with you.


Trackballing instead of mousing


Kensington Orbit Wireless trackball from the Kensington web site

I have a new photo of me to go up on this site, the old one was a quick shot from my web cam. Problem is that I need to run it through Photo Impact to take out the distracting background. That means manipulating the cursor to mark the edges to be cut out. That means lots of mousing.

The mouse triggers off pain if I do too much moving around so I have a Kensington track ball that is much easier, I still can make the movements but there isn’t any additional squeezing task associated with the movement hence less pain.
Normal squeezing to hold the mouse creates what is called static loading to the muscles so the trackball only needs muscle action to shift and position the cursor so there is no static loading, only micro-movements.

RSI is very similar in symptoms to fibromyalgia except fibro affects the lining covering the muscles, RSI is a series of micro tears to the muscle fibre bundles themselves.

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