I've broken myself - dealing with RSI

by @edent | # # # | 2 comments | Read ~139 times.

I've recently been suffering from a nasty bout of RSI. Thanks to the NHS, I know it isn't full Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which is good. But I do need to take better care of myself.

My usual kit is the MS 4000 ergonomic keyboard and an Evoluent Vertical Mouse. But recently I've been travelling a lot, and cramping over a MacBook's tiny keyboard.

And that's taken a toll on me. The pain in my wrists was so bad, I took two weeks off work to heal. Spending a fortnight not engaging with any tech was frustrating and necessary. Alexa barely works if you can't interact with its app. Google's voice commands can be similarly frustrating. Most websites are crap if you're relying on tabbing around with a keyboard.

It was miserable. But sitting in the sun, reading an ebook helped. Of more use was wrist braces. I'm using them now - forcing me to keep a decent posture.

I also couldn't have coped without my incredibly patient wife - who helped me type up blog posts, and swatted my phone away when I was mindlessly fiddling with it.

Look after your health, people.

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2 thoughts on “I've broken myself - dealing with RSI

  1. rjc says:

    Terence,

    Have you thought of upgrading your keyboard to both ergonomic and split one? Some can be adjusted any way you like. I use keyboardio myself, other ones are available. I had to use a regular keyboard for a few days after using keyboardio for a while - my wrist ached on the first day. I can't see myself ever going back to a regular keyboard. Bonus - they have recently released a travel case :^)

    1. @edent says:

      I've got an adjustable split one with BlueTooth - but I find it a bit fragile. Will certainly look into the one you recommend.

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