What does an archaeologist do when she is out of action? Pick up a camera...or normally anyway. At the moment I am well and truly out of action having damaged the muscles in my middle back a week ago. Me being me I still went off to London for a digging job but found myself unable to do anything more than watch a machine and do paperwork, while getting grumpy with frustration!
Having now returned from London I am under orders to take it easy, so no long walks with a heavy camera. Even more annoying was the fact that I was up in Hampton Court Palace and didn't find the time to take a single shot! Grrrrrr....
As an archaeologist you learn not to take your back for granted but this was the silliest injury, not even sure how I did it, it just started getting grumpy one night after work and got steadily more annoying till a trip to the quacks was forcibly suggested by my work mates.
Now I am on ibruprofen for however long and unable to do much apart from walk around the flat being grumpy. I hope to catch up with some film scanning at least next week but for now I mostly catch up on sleep I dont get at night and bumble about the place.
So, heres a tip for anyone who spents a lot of time bent over, as told to me by the back specialist I talked to...reverse bend!!! Yep, every five or ten minutes straighten up and bend backwards a few times. Apparently its the one thing us archaeologists don't do enough of...untill now that is.