This morning I woke up with a pain in my left shoulder. It was a dull ache and there was a band of tightness right round my arm just below the shoulder. When I sat up I realised I couldn’t lift my arm more than a few inches. My first thought was that I had been lying on it during the night. My OH at this point had different ideas and was making unhelpful comments such as ‘Maybe you’re having a heart attack…or a stroke! It can happen at any age you know!’ I gave him one of my withering looks as slowly it began to dawn on me just what had happened.
I have had the same pain twice in the past and the cause of it was…my handbag. The first time I had it was several years ago. I went to see the doctor and, once I had described my symptoms to him, he leant over, picked up – no – struggled to lift my overflowing hand bag from the floor and told me he was pretty sure he knew what the problem was. The same thing happened again a few years later with a different handbag.
About six weeks ago my OH bought me a beautiful Fossil Weekender bag and I have used it daily since then. I love it but friends have commented on the weight of it when they pick it up. It’s not so much the weight of the bag as the weight of the contents. It is quite a large bag I have to admit but I just cannot understand how some women seem to manage with the tiniest of handbags! When I’m on a night out I can cope with a small bag but on a daily basis? Impossible!! Anyway, I know that the weight of the contents of the bag are what’s causing a trapped nerve in my shoulder. Just so you know, I stepped on the scales without my bag and then I got on again but this time with my bag. The difference was 14lbs. A WHOLE STONE!
So, I thought today I would show you what I carry around with me on a daily basis.
Avon Skin so Soft (a brilliant midge repellent)
Personal Size Filofax (packed)
Make-up bag (also packed)
iPhone and headphones
When I looked at this I did wonder whether I really needed a camera when I have my iPhone and iPad. Do I need both my iPhone and iPad? Is it necessary to have a notebook when I have my Filofax, iPhone/iPad and actually, do I need my Filofax in my bag at all? I need to have a rethink but, in the meantime, I will just keep it all where it is and carry my bag in the crook of my right arm until my shoulder heals.