Well…..For the last month or so, my right shoulder has been stiff and achy…..
At first I thought it was from moving all the books at work….
And then I had an AH HAH moment!
This is the work area where I do all my blogging!
Looks good….but notice the height of the stool that I sit on for the hours I spend while I work on my blog!
Yikes!!!! There I was with my shoulder straining upwards over and over and over again!
A repetitive stress injury waiting too happen….actually a repetitive stress injury happening!
I should know better….for heaven’s sake….I actually teach lessons about this to the kids at school. When we teach keyboarding, we stress proper posture and hand position! I was NOT following ANY of the rules….and it was becoming a REAL PAIN!
Time to PRACTICE what I PREACH!
My research led me to this information:
The symptoms or RSI include:
- Stiffness or pain in your neck, shoulders or back
- Tiredness, numbness, tingling or pain in your arms, wrists, hands or fingers
- Clumsiness or loss of strength and coordination in your hands
- Pain that wakes you up at night
- Feeling a need to massage your hands, wrists and arms
Obviously I needed to take action!
Obviously I needed a new stool….or chair….!
But I LIKE my stool….it is cute….it slides neatly under the desk….
What to DO?
Using the “Sweetwater Style” philosophy of “using what I have”, I set out to solve the problem!
I had a piece of foam that was just the right size to add four inches of height to my stool! With just a little trimming it was an exact fit!
I had some batting in my “stash”….necessary to cushion my tush!
I looked through my fabric stash….and the only thing I found was OK but not quite right!
But a quick trip to the fabric store and for $7 I scored this gorgeous remnant that is a perfect coordinate for the message board!
My trusty pneumatic stapler made quick work of attaching the batting over the foam!
I wasn’t too picky about doing this….another tenet of Sweetwater Style….Just Do IT….it doesn’t have to be PERFECT!
Just good enough!!!
I could have stopped here!
It looks pretty good….
BUT…..it still needed SOMETHING!
Then I remembered that I had some leftover nailhead trim from the “leather look” side table project!