July Update

This is just a quick update to let you know what is going on with this blog and why it hasn’t been updated recently.

A few months ago, I started suffering from RSI, no doubt caused by spending 60+ hours/week sitting on front of the computer for many years. I’ve done my best to reduce the number of time that I spend typing and using the mouse each day, but because that’s my day job, it mostly meant cutting on my evening and weekend side projects like this blog.

Based on information I found online and in books (this one in particular), I’ve started doing exercises and stretches, I made my desk more ergonomic and got a good chair, and I’m seeing a physical therapist next week. I’m confident I can heal, but this is something that takes a while, so I might have to stay away from this blog for a little longer.

I have no plans to drop it completely, though. This is just a temporary hiatus. I hope you’ll consider hitting the RSS button and subscribing so you automatically get notified when I’m back. Cheers, and read up on ergonomics and RSI before it’s too late. As they say, an ounce of prevention…

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3 Responses to “July Update”

  1. purplesapho Says:

    Hope it gets better soon. I don’t know what I’d do if I got that seeing how much I depend on the computer. *panics a little bit inside*

    For now, take care.

    -Nessa (crazyasuka)

  2. Irene Says:

    RSI halted my PhD project in its tracks… I ended up getting just a master’s degree, when I planned to do a PhD. I can definitely sympathize. There was a time when even the slightest amount of typing or mousing was painful, washing dishes or folding laundry was painful, sometimes even sitting doing nothing was painful.

    It’s much better now, mostly thanks to a day job that doesn’t require being at the computer all day, and a toddler who keeps me busy at home when I’m not at work!

    For what it’s worth, my experience was that stretching was more useful as an indicator of how my body was doing than as a modifier of its condition. If stretching hurt, or if I felt the urge to frequently stretch, it meant I needed to reduce or stop the activities that were causing problems, but stretching wasn’t so helpful in reducing the pain.

  3. pendantry Says:

    Have you considered trying a Dvorak (ergonomic) keyboard? :)

    I switched to one a while ago, and I haven’t looked back.

    (If you’re interested, I blogged my experience of the transition, starting here: http://pendantry.wordpress.com/2007/08/30/dvorak-old-is-the-new-new/ .)

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