Blogging and writing has been slow lately, due to my massively fucked tendon. The background: at my dayjob, I have to use a mouse a lot, due to lots of fiddly work and having many windows open. One of my many bad habits is just letting my hand rest on the mouse, even when I'm not using it - and the bottom corner of my right hand rests on the desk or mouse pad. The bone there has been extremely sore for quite a while. Anyway, I was getting out of a minicab the other day, when I slipped, and landed on my hand. Not sure how I bent it, but it yanked the tendon or muscle or something on that corner bone, and felt like someone had rammed a red hot skewer into my wrist and down the length of my arm.
Ouch. The pain went from my wrist almost to my elbow, and I could barely bend my wrist at all. I could hardly get my keys out of my pocket or open my fly, and when you expose yourself to strangers as much as I do, you need a quick wrist action. So I couldn't do any typing for a few days. I spent the time having the odd surf (with my left hand), resting my right hand, and trying to bend it as much as I could, as well as flexing the fingers open and closed. After a week, it was nearly back to normal - normal being just the sore bone corner bit.
I made the dayjob get me a fancy sideways mouse (I say "made", I actually said "please get me this otherwise my hand will fall off and I won't be able to do any work ever again"), so that my hand would be in the "normal handshake position", according to the Ergonomitrons, and tried not to use it much. As it's a sideways one, my arm isn't twisted, my hand doesn't rest on the desk, and I can't keep my hand on the mouse for too long, because it just falls off. It's a sideways mouse, you see. Click here for pictures and info. At home, I got a normal, full size Macally keyboard for my Mac, so that I can position it anywhere I want. And I'm trying to limit the typing and mousing, which is a bit tricky when you make your living from typing and mousing, and you're in the middle of a script draft that someone's paid for and have got to deliver an outline that someone else has paid for. Wrist and hand are okay now, outline is done, script is going nicely. Delayed blog posts will be here next week.
So keep an eye on your bits and pieces, fellow scribomonkeys. Observe the proper RSI-avoidance techniques, and sit properly. And above all, if a part of your body basically shuts down for a week, take that as a warning to change your habits.