Ergonomics

Trying to stay on top of ergonomic issues is like plumbing — I gave up on the do-it-yourself variety decades ago because no matter what you did or how well you planned, the thing that’s connected to the thing you’re fixing is going to break, or the next piece over — and your local store won’t have the replacement.

I have an ergonomic keyboard tray with a basic ergonomic keyboard. (Not the one I really like, because every time I plug that one in, it eventually crashes the computer. Same thing with the “handshake” mouse. No, it’s not the drivers. I’m done torturing myself with all this stuff.)

So I have a Glidepoint mouse, a square thingie with a touchpad and buttons, and an elastic compression glove. The mouse doesn’t hurt my wrist the way a regular mouse does, but it pulls at certain muscles in my upper arm and they hurt all the time. Lately, I’ve been wrapping my entire arm in an Ace bandage, and that helps. But I only have one, so I take turns, depending on which arm hurts the most. What I really need are elastic sleeves. Sigh.

Just so you know why my posts are so short these days.

4 thoughts on “Ergonomics

  1. I’d like to think you posts are sparser because you’re out taking nice long walks. An hour a day is a good target. The trouble with not being in motion is that less movement begets less movement in a spiral of physical debilitation. Get out and move your body every day. The exercise will increase your pain threshold and suppress your appetite in addition to conditioning your body. It will probably be difficult for a while, but it’s worth sticking to it. Otherwise, just stay inside and, forgive my candor, watch your general physical and mental health slowly degrade. The wonderful work you do here is difficult enough; if you don’t give it a way to escape your body, you will absorb the brunt of the toxicity.

  2. It’s not the length, it’s what you do with what you’ve got šŸ˜€

    I’ll contribute more to the kitty if you promise to go out and buy another damned ace bandage.

  3. I just can’t find Ace bandages that are the right size. Most of them are too narrow, they cut off circulation. No more size jokes, please! ;>

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