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I Should Have Taken My Own Advice

Hey guys! Sorry I’ve been scarce lately. It’s been busy at work, and I’ve been sick as well. I’m slowly easing back into the routine. I should have taken my own advice, because the toll of writing with a bad setup for the past two years has started to manifest. I don’t have room for a desk, and sitting is sometimes painful now (I usually sit on the floor to write). My wrists are also feeling the brunt of it, and I’ve had to cut back on the typing. I’ve got some padded wrist guards, but I’m waiting for my hands to stop cramping.

HEED MY TALE OF WOE! I hope that at the very least you all invest in a proper computer chair. WOE I tell you!

I hope you’re all doing well! I’ll be back next week.

12 Comments

  1. Oh no! For me the biggest thing was getting the keyboard at the right height — and (FOR ME) contrary to what most ergonomic thingies say, having the keyboard HIGHER was better. I’d say it’s at like a… 10-15 degree angle up? But I do try not to let my wrists sag, and I try not to tuck my thumb under for the ctrl key.

    Do you have Windows 7? There’s built-in dictation software that might be worth giving a go, at least temporarily to relieve your wrists. As I’ve blogged about before, I use Dragon Dictate for Mac when mine get really bad.

  2. Hey, take care of yourself. As I’m sure you know, that’s the sort of problem that can take a while to heal. I had tennis elbow once, from typing, and it took a long time to get better. It was my right arm, and I switched to using the mouse with my left hand, and then I never switched back. It puzzles people that I use the mouse on the left but I’m not left-handed.

    1. T. S. Bazelli Author

      Yes. Its been a few weeks already, but I didn’t mention it until now that its starting to get a bit better. I had to reduce my computer use as much as possible after work.

      I also use my left hand for the mouse even if I’m right-handed. I find that way its easier to pick up a pen and jot down some notes this way. Though, I will use the mouse on the right if I’m not at home. 😉

  3. My place, at present, hasn’t even got room for a desk. I do all my writing with a laptop in my lap on the living room couch.

    It is not the ideal situation, in my mind. But for the immediate future, even if I’m able to get an office setup, I’d be likely to continue writing this way, because this allows me to be in the same room as Dear Wife when I write while she’s doing some other activity (and I like being in the same room as Dear Wife). If I were a full-time writer, I’d probably prefer to write at a desk designed for writing. But I’m not.

    Anyway, hope you feel better. Myself… I feel like I’m coming down with something. Sore throat, body is starting to feel sore. Uh oh…

    1. T. S. Bazelli Author

      Sounds familiar. There’s been a bout of the flu circulating around our office the past few weeks. I hope eventually at least to have a little shelf somewhere to sit the laptop on rather than a full desk, but that will have to wait until we stop renting and get our own place.

  4. Oh noes! I hope you feel better soon. 🙂

    Sometimes I work in bed, lol, and then I regret falling asleep in weird positions once I wake up a few hours later, light still on… I guess that’s what the desk is for, but I’m too lazy sometimes, heh.

  5. Joelle Wilson

    You definitely have to have a good chair. I also found out the hard way about that particular fact. Follow the three R’s to get better – Relax, Rest, Recuperate. 🙂

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