Where I’ve been.
|December 2, 2013||Posted by Jess under Adventures in Real Life|
So you may have noticed that I haven’t posted here since the very beginning of November. Well, uh, remember that twingeing in my wrists I posted about two months ago? Yeah, that turned into tingling in my fingers while at work, pain in the backs of my hands while typing at home, and shooting pain in my elbows when I tried to sleep, so. That happened.
After several doctors’ visits (and three different doctors), I’ve been diagnosed with mild carpal tunnel and something called radial nerve entrapment.1 I’ve been doing physical therapy for about three weeks now, plus wearing wrist splints at night, and making sure to take a lot of breaks during my work day and stretch my hands/wrists every few hours. Luckily, it looks like we caught it early enough that the PT + splints should suffice for treatment and I don’t need anything more invasive. Knock wood.
I suspect it was the recaps that did me in in the end. Between an eight-hour workday in front of the computer, a third draft of my novel, and blogging 3-5 times a week, I was easily writing 10,000+ words a day, which is not a great idea if you don’t want your fingers to fall off. I’m not sure yet what kind of schedule I’m going to be able to maintain going forward, but I suspect the recaps will get shorter and less frequent. We’ll find out!
Anyway, the moral of the story is, if you type a lot, take care of your hands, especially if they start hurting or tingling. Get up and move around every 15-20 minutes, even if it’s just for 5 seconds. Stretch. Don’t lie on your back typing “Ollie, you moron” 3,000 times a day for a month (ahem). And if they start to hurt, go to the doctor right away.
Hands: you need them for clapping and opening jars. Take care of them.
- If you care, and no worries if you don’t, the radial nerve runs from the shoulder, over the top of the elbow, and through the back of the hand. Mine was…basically clogged from overuse. Yay? ↩