Computers and Chronic Illness

I love my netbook for more than just being adorable.

My other computer is a laptop. One of the desktop-replacement varieties. It’s a great laptop, but it can be heavy to pick up and hot on my lap, even with cooling items.

I use my laptop by reclining on the couch with some pillows behind me so I’m somewhat sitting up. I sometimes take it into the computer room and put it on my computer desk and hook it up to my big monitor. Mainly to play World of Warcraft with Joe.

If I want to just look something up quick, it’s a pain to do so with my laptop. Literally. I don’t mind that it hurts me to pick it up if I’m going to be using it for awhile. My laptop lives on the endtable at the end of the couch. So sometimes I would just sit sideways at the end of the couch and use it, which was also painful.

The netbook is light enough so it doesn’t usually hurt when I pick it up. I can lay down completely while using it. I barely can feel it’s weight on me. It’s great if I just want to check Twitter and LJ, visit the sites I usually visit. And I’m sure it’s going to be great when NanoWriMo comes around.

So, if you have a chronic illness where you spend a lot of time on the couch, I totally recommend getting a netbook.

In other exciting news, my diagnosis of possible Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome has been become definitely Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.