Ergonomics is definitely the key for us at the CPU.  One item from a chiropractor: when you sit, push tour tush all the way back to the back of the chair.  Forces the spine into a straight position.  With my short legs, indeed a foot rest.

I still like the alarm bit; my eye doc suggested the 20 min work, 5 min break, minimum.

You would smash an alarm clock, Oh my!  LOL...All the best Linda! 

"OC" Carlisle 

On Sep 16, 2013, at 9:42 AM, Linda Feltner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi Will, and thank you.
That makes perfect sense to me, because I had an ergonomic expert analyze my work space, both computer and drawing board, years ago when I lived in Seattle. My workspace is about what you describe (without the pen tablet arrangement) and I use a lumbar support, a slanted foot rest, ergonomic chair, and gell wrist cushions, or a sock to pad my wrist while using the tablet, it's thin and slides along with me. 

I used to set a horribly irritating alarm clock across the room for every 20 minutes. Made me get up from the drawing board. Not any more, tho....I think I smashed it once too often.

I didn't have as much wrist damage then, but it had started already with the auto accident in '94 (two shoulder surgeries and a rib removed). 

It is sound advice. Our bodies change, and it really is good advice to watch posture and work space.  AND take those short breaks. We do really work nose to the grindstone. 

Yes, you are right, I need a tablet that has controls on the tablet, and really try to program them (gag) to replace the keyboard commands, so I can completely move the keyboard aside like you suggest. I did use the tablet in my lap yesterday, as OC suggested, and yes, I can draw in that position!. It uses different forearm muscles, and takes a lot of strain off the brachiordadialis muscle. So today, I will move the tablet directly in front of me and see how that feels. 

Thank you very much,
and cheers!
Linda M. Feltner Artist, LLC
P.O. Box 325
Hereford, AZ 85615
(520) 803-0538

On Sep 15, 2013, at 3:03 PM, Smith Will (Toowong) wrote:

I had an ergonomic expert look at my working environment and she told me to : sit up straight, have my body close to the desk, keep my mouse or tablet close to my body, have my elbow at desk height, move the keyboard away to make room for the mouse/tablet right in front of my body and have short breaks. I hope that is some help.
Will Smith
Projet Officer (Botanical Imaging)
Queensland Herbarium
Science Delivery
Department of Science, IT, Innovation and the Arts (DSITIA)
Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha
Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong, Queensland, Australia 4066
Phone: (07) 38969508
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