So, I’m having wrist/palm discomfort again in my left hand. Again. Anyone tired of the old refrain? Because I sure am. And this time it’s worse while typing instead of while crafting. Go figure. So this post will likely be short.
I think that the way I type has something to do with it, and the adjustments I’m making seem to be supporting that. Posture apparently really is everything.
I have always had a set up like this. Well at least the past couple years. Eight months ago, though, I transferred from being a MedSurg nurse to becoming an ICU nurse. And also started charting sitting down. After five and change years of charting standing up.
About a week after transferring to ICU, I started having hand/wrist pain. I blamed the Timmy the Turtle test, which I was running at the time.
Now, for the first time, I’ve had worsening discomfort while typing even at home and I started thinking about a fellow nurse’s suggestion that maybe it was my posture while typing — as well as the crafting. Well, I didn’t listen to either suggestion. Because I am brilliant and obviously can’t be taught anything. One wonders how much trouble I would have saved myself if I had just listened.
So, I finally listened and have changed my typing set-up while typing.
Basically, it’s the same posture as when I’m charting at work standing up. Hands/wrists relaxed, but not strained be being constantly bent. And honestly, I can feel the difference.
Why should you care?
Well, as crocheters/knitters, our hands are precious. So if I can share a tip, I like to. I wish I had listened to the advice I was given eight months ago. Heaven knows that my hands would be a lot less cranky if I had.
I hope this helps you like it thus far has me.