“You’ve spent too long at the mouse with your arm all tense,” said the consulting doctor. “You need to rest a while. You’ve got tendinitis.”
I breathed a sigh of relief. I had thought the burning sensation in the palm of my hand and the weird achey pain I have in my fingers might be something worse. Was it Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Had I damaged myself permanently? Was I going to have an operation and then be out of action for the next three months? What the hell was I going to do?
Was I panicking a bit?
Thankfully, a month-long prescription of anti-inflammatories and assurances that I would learn to use the mouse with my left-hand instead of my now damaged right prompted the doctor to smile knowingly and for me to feel a little better about things.
Learning to use the mouse with your other hand isn’t quite as difficult as I thought it might be. Switch the buttons around in Windows 7 Control Panel, a few clicks and you soon to get use to it.
In fact, it might even have helped me do my work. It’s surprising how thought processes become so much more focussed when you know you have to do something difficult manually. There’s no opportunity to go clicking around aimlessly. Your other hand isn’t strong enough for that.
Consequently a spot of time thinking carefully about what you want to do, where you need to click and what button you need to click and things are done more effeciently. Indeed, it might even be the case that I completed on a lot more work because of that very different way of approaching simple computer tasks.
Whilst I might be appearing smug right now, it does still need to be stressed that the pain still remains. Typing OK. Rest even better. That’s what the doctor ordered.