How I wish I could say my fingers were on fire with a creative burning--creativity pouring out of me so fast my fingers just might burst into flames at any second. Now that would be cool. AND totally worth it :) Could you imagine? "Hey! My fingers are on fire because I'm SO freakin' awesome!"
But alas, no. This is not the reason for my burning fingers, numb thumb (a rhyme), or the incredible pain in my shoulder and elbow. I think I have the dreaded CARPAL TUNNEL thing going on. Gosh dang it, too! Because I don't have time for that kind of nonsense. Not that anyone does, really, but I REALLY don't have the time.
I'm on a deadline (actually, my deadline is today--umm...did you hear that deadline fly by? I sure did). If I could take a break for a week, I would, but I can't. So I use a brace, I use ice packs, I prop it up so I don't have to move my arm all that much, and I pop pills like crazy (lovely, lovely pills--don't do drugs).
Here's the thing, folks, take care of your body. Treat it kind. Don't slouch on your bed and write there. Use a proper desk, at the proper height, maybe even toss in some hand stretches before you write and include a decent amount of breaks. Because once your fingers start hurting and going numb, it's a tad too late. I love my fingers <3. They're my gateway to my creativity, because there are times that I have no idea what I'm going to write until I type it. Seriously, it's totally weird, but true. My fingers are super smart like that :) Be kind to your fingers and they'll be kind to you.
I'm off now to give mine a much needed break.
5/20/2013 04:52:29 am
I had problems a few years ago, finally gave in and set myself up with the proper ergonomics for writing, and haven't had a problem since. The proper posture and arm/hand positioning is absolutely critical.
5/20/2013 08:44:00 am
Ouch. I feel your pain, but not from writing. It's knitting that gets me. One night, knitted for 3 hours and had numb, tingly fingers. I'd recommend looking up knitting hand exercises. I'm sure writers would find them useful as well.
7/17/2013 05:10:49 pm
I can't even imagine that pain. But you're so brave!
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