Can sitting at your desk be harmful?

I never realized how dangerous working in an office could be. I mean I rarely even leave my desk.

Yesterday, I did explore the tunnels between the Grain Exchange and City Hall during lunch. I was hungry and wanted to avoid the rain. A few trips to the bathroom in the afternoon, but other than that, I was pretty much sitting the entire day.

And the day dragged and dragged and dragged.

Finally it was 4:30! Time to go home!!



I didn't trip or twist or slip. Just all of a sudden my right ankle was in pain (at least that's how I recall it).

It started out as just a slow throb. I mean it HURT, but I was still able to maintain my regular pace (a little on the brisk side) as I walked to the shuttle.

The shuttle ride was a nice little respite, but the pain increased as I walked across campus back to my apartment. I even hobbled my way over to the auditorium on campus to listen to Roxana Saberi, the American journalist who was imprisoned in Iran in 2009.

I thought my right ankle even looked slightly swollen compared to my left, but my sweet husband assured me that my ankles are just naturally big. Nice.

So, I tried to sleep it off.

No go.

And naturally, I was in a rush this morning and left about 2 min late (which can make a huge difference), so I was forced to maintain a pretty healthy clip walking to the shuttle this A.M. I even made it with time to spare. In fact, I had to wait for the shuttle to arrive.

Guess I hadn't needed to walk that fast after all.

From the shuttle to work, I tried to take a slow, easy pace, but it was COLD and WINDY, so I walked slower, yet still a little briskly.

Now I'll try to take it easy throughout the day.

Hopefully it will just be a 24-hour thing (like a stomach bug) and will spontaneously stop hurting at 4:30 this afternoon.

Let's hope because I have a ward volleyball game in the morning, and I WANT TO PLAY!


  1. Ooh, I am so sorry to hear that you hurt your ankle. I can relate to the dangers of sitting behind a desk. If I don't have some new bruise, I can somehow get a sore neck or even sore feet. Go figure! Don't you just love the safety of the desk job?

  2. Could it be related to a recent run?

    I am very familiar with inexplicable pain, because I have been so uncoordinated my whole life that I've actually stopped noticing when I trip, fall, run into things... my most common injury is a bruise on my arm about 2 inches above my wrist... right where the doorknob hits my arm as I walk into it. :)

    Hope it feels better soon!

  3. I say skip volleyball tonight and take it easy this weekend, then try again on Monday. Athletic injuries are one of the banes of my existence and I always tend to do too much too soon. Hope it feels better soon!

  4. @Treva, whoever said desk jobs were safe didn't know us very well. at all.

    @Laura, Thanks. I don't think it's related to a recent run. Although, that would be a good excuse. When I waited tables, I always had huge bruises on my thighs at perfect table height.

    @Lara, I totally didn't take your advice (except that Volleyball was the next morning)! I played in the game (2 1/2, actually), and while playing my ankle didn't bother me at all. I now, of course, have bruises on my wrist and forearms. :-)


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