The Difficulties of Standing Up

You'd think it'd be a pretty simple thing to stand up, especially when you have full use of both legs. I certainly didn't expect a whole lot of trouble to come from it, until I started this whole standing desk experiment.

Wow, am I ever used to sitting.

The problem is, I think I'm TOO used to sitting. It's killing me. I can feel it happen, bit by bit, piece by piece. My back has been getting worse, my health is getting worse. It was getting unbearable. So I had to start standing.

I rearranged my desk into a sort of ad-hoc standing arrangement. I've got a desk with telescoping legs, which helps, but it doesn't go quite high enough to make for a decent standing solution. I'm not the tallest guy in the world, but I'm too tall for that. So I have my displays and keyboard/mouse raised up higher on platforms that sit on the desk. It's not really pretty, but it works pretty well.

It worked pretty well that first time for about two hours before I turned in and went to sleep.

The next morning I could barely stand up, thanks to the incredible aggravation standing for that long caused my back; I have a pre-existing back condition that it triggered in force. It didn't really help that I have my office set up in a space that's concrete covered with relatively thin carpet.

I won't go deep into the tale of woe and agony, but many painkillers were taken, much more standing was done, much more retreating to chairs was done, and in the end, a comfort floor mat was purchased before the problem was really solved. I'm finally at the point where I can write pretty comfortably while standing most of the time.

My back is still SLIGHTLY sore, though improving daily. I think the overall benefits of standing upright over sitting have already won out, and started improving my health in many small ways; I feel a lot stronger, for starters, and I don't get winded easily. I couldn't have said that a couple of months ago.

I've been working on getting back into the writing groove for several days now, with limited success. Tonight I finally posted some new fiction. I expect this to continue. It feels good to be back on the productive side, and to be standing doing it.