Tapering off my MacBook Air

The word ‘taper’ is today’s Daily Post prompt, i.e. a topical challenge to writers.

43A1720B-BC80-0060-873FBDFD04548E20Since watching last Sunday’s “60 Minutes” episode on “Brain Hacking” — an essay on cell-phone addiction — I’ve been trying to taper off how often I turn to my MacBook Air. Okay, so it’s not a cell phone, but I’m as addicted to the MacBook Air as cell phone owners are to cell phones. Time away does weird things to the brain, like withdrawal from addiction to drugs or alcohol. Since Sunday night, I’ve been trying to taper off.

apple-laptop-notebook-notesBut I can’t. Writing is what I do. I can’t stop. The MacBook Air is my lifeline, my unfailing connection with my imaginary friend, the addict’s needle, always within arms reach. Besides, like Echo in the myth of Narcissus, the MacBook Air always tells me what I want to hear – my own voice . . . except when the beep beep of an uninvited text interrupts our conversations.

I’ve been trying to taper off on the emails and texts, as well as the writing. But I don’t taper off easily. It’s not in my DNA.

Speaking of DNA, learning last week that some relatives inherited a gene that has left them vulnerable to auto-immune diseases left me wondering about my PMR, an auto-immune thing, and the Prednisone I’ve been taking for three months. No other drug addresses the symptoms of PMR.  But it’s a short-term fix with its a long list of side-effects. There’s no assurance the PMR will be gone when I taper off the Prednisone.

91d40efa6017040fa5159b5e83aa94b7Thursday’s appointment with the rheumatologist will determine whether I taper off again from 10 mg to eight from the original 20. If so, I might take it as a sign to limit the MacBook Air time to eight hours per day, or to make Views from the Edge readers happy by posting no more than eight times a day . . .  until I leave you completely alone with your brain-hacking cell phone when I taper off completely . . . into complete withdrawal.

  • Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, June 13, 2017.

8 thoughts on “Tapering off my MacBook Air

  1. I left you a msg. yesterday but I don’t see it. I probably forgot to send it. Anyway I just saw the rheumatologist and she prescribed Prednisone. I tried to talk her out of it so she changed the amt.
    I am pleased because now I can go to NJ for my grandson’s graduation with no pain!!! Hope you are feeling better. Cynthia


    • Hi, Cynthia. So now we’re in another club together, though not of our own choosing, sort of! 🙄 I really have no alternative for treating the PMR, so I go with the flow – and with the fatigue and other side-effects – in hopes that the PMR will vanish by the time I’ve weaned off the Prednisone. Glad you get to go to NJ for your grandson’s graduation without pain!


      • I started out with PMR and was on Prednisone for a long time. My family dr. told me to get off it, and I did, but the pain continued. So after a year with the same rheumatologist, I changed doctors and the new one said I had rheumatoid arthritis. But PMR does not always change into RA, and I hope that it doesn’t change for you. Good luck!


  2. Gordon, get off the Prednisone. It’s not good for you. Yes, I know it helps the pain but the bad effects are too bad. I know, I’m not a dr., I’ve been there, done that, and have the t-shirt. But the MacBook Air, DON’T give that up! It keeps us in touch with the rest of the world. You enjoy it! You can read the news without having stacks of newspaper that you have to throw out. And I like your writing.

    Good luck with the rheumatologist on Thur. I go tomorrow. They’ll probably tell me that there is nothing to help my osteoarthritis except exercise, good nutrition, and weight loss. And I’ll come home and have a dish of ice cream. I figure there aren’t that many more years that I live, and I might as well enjoy them!



    • Hi again, Cynthia, Strange. I already “approved” you comment and “replied” to it, but neither the approval or reply showed up here. Now, all of a sudden, your comment re-appears. As I said, strange!


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