Occupational Hazards when Writing
I am going to write this blog although I can’t say it is something that makes me feel jolly, but it is necessary nevertheless.
The topic today is DVT or deep vein thrombosis, cheerful huh? Yet the reason I am going to use this forum to post such a topic is that I think it is particularly pertinent to writers and anyone who spends long periods of time sitting in one position.
For those of you not already in the know a DVT is this: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in a vein deep in the body. Veins are blood vessels with valves that help prevent backward blood flow. Blood is pushed through the veins in legs and arms when muscles contract.
Deposits of red blood cells and clotting elements in the blood can build up in a vein. This build up leads to a blood clot. Clots usually occur in the legs but can occur in other locations. As the clot grows, it blocks blood flow in the vein.
One of the main causes is slow blood flow, often due to lying or sitting still for an extended period of time.
I know for a fact that when I am concentrating, hours can go by without me even moving, let alone standing up and sometimes I think it must be like travelling hundreds of air miles, or what I like to call ‘imagination miles’!
The temptation to ‘just do one more paragraph’ is great and must be resisted. With more of us living sedentary lifestyles we must do something to ensure blood flow is increased and I wonder if anyone has any good ideas regarding this. One trick is to have an egg timer on the desk and get up and walk around or do some exercises or run up the stairs every 20-30 minutes.
This really is an occupational hazard for writers or anyone who is sitting for any length of time. Maybe have a step machine near the desk and stand up and walk up a couple of flights of stairs before sitting back down to complete the next lot of copy!
The incidence of people I know who have experienced a DVT is quite significant and most of them are writers, so I am going to do my very best to take my own advice. I shall leave you now as I have a flight of stairs to leap up. After all, as I glance up at the clock I see it’s 7.20 and I realise to my shame I have already been sitting since 5.20 this morning and I have a day’s writing to complete. Do you see what I mean?