In 2006, an unexpected diagnosis of Atlantoaxial Instability led to surgery. The fusion of my first two cervical vertebrae meant that I had to wear a (hot) cervical collar for twelve weeks. As a result, I have to be careful with my neck; it impacts how I turn my head and even how I sit.
Where I sat in a movie theatre, when I used to go to them, mattered. With hearing loss, I need subtitles. When movie theatres finally turn them on, I’ll do an “Arnold” – I’ll be back. I needed to sit near the centre and at the back so I wouldn’t have to torque my neck, either from looking from the side or up at the screen. Forget about making eye contact with my seat mate in a car or on a plane, for the same reason. The fusion has even affected how I swim. Now, whenever I swim front crawl I use a snorkel. Better that than stressing my neck with bilateral breathing.
When I work on a desktop computer, “bobble head” comes to mind. In order to read the screen, I do a lot of head bobbing to see through the middle distance portion of my progressive glasses. For those who don’t know, progressives are made with three fields of vision: close up (reading), middle distance (computer work) and distance (out and about).
Fortunately, I found a solution. In order to minimize my head bobbing, I ordered a pair of middle distance single-vision glasses. What a difference this has made! I can now look at the entire screen and eliminate the head bobbing.