For the last year, I’ve been taking my Netbook for plane trips, as it’s light and compact for my carry-on, and small enough to fit on the airplane’s flip-down tray, with room for my cordless mouse and a cup of coffee or tea. But I notice when I’ve been using this smaller notebook-type computer for hours that my shoulders, back and arms become tense from hunching over, my fingers ache from the small keyboard, and my eyes get sore from squinting at the small screen.
When I’m at home, I stay away from my laptop or Netbook and stick with my large-screen monitor, my curved ergonomic keyboard with padding at the front to support the heels of my hands and my wrists, my ergonomic mouse pad with a cushion rest for my wrist, and my padded chair with its armrests and lower-back support. That way I can type for hours without pain in my hands, wrists, shoulders or back, and my eyes aren’t strained.
For aching fingers, hands and wrists, I use several things. If my wrists get sore, I’ll use a wrist brace at night. You slip your thumb through a hole, then close the rest quickly and attach it with Velcro. I also have heat mitts with heat pads that you put inside them, and a pair of those special thermoskin arthritic gloves that Shon Bacon mentioned on Feb. 14.
For typing during the day in the winter, I also bought some thin cotton gloves from the drugstore and cut the ends of the fingers out of them. They don’t hamper my movements at all, so I can type easily with them on.
Also, I now exercise regularly, especially rotating my shoulders, doing arm movements, raising my hands in the air, and doing leg, knee, and hip movements. That has helped a lot. I really notice it when I neglect my morning (and sometimes afternoon) exercise routine.
And lastly, I find the combination of glucosamine and chondroitin supplements to be very helpful for arthritis and joint pain.
Guest blogger Jodie Renner is a freelance fiction manuscript editor, specializing in thrillers, romantic suspense, mysteries, romance, YA, and historical fiction. Jodie’s services range from developmental and substantive editing to light final copy editing and proofreading, as well as manuscript critiques. Check out Jodie’s website at http://www.jodierennerediting.com/ and her blog, dedicated to advice and resources for fiction writers, at http://jodierennerediting.blogspot.com/.