Literally. I have not been posting as frequently as I used to, or as I would like to. The reason is that I have been nursing an inflammed tendon in my wrist. The technical term for it is tendonitis. It's similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, but the tendon is on the inside wrist and my wrist and thumb hurt. They hurt badly.
You know how when you stub your toe you will involuntarily cry out or gasp? I had been doing that every time I moved my wrist or thumb in certain ways. I kept making those involuntary gasps or "ouches" while drying my hair, washing dishes, lifting a coffee pot - in short all the every day activities that I usually take for granted. Suddenly, they became very painful.
Since one possible cause of tendonitis is overuse, brought on by too much keyboarding, among other things, I am going to give my hand a rest for about a week or two in the hopes that it gets better. So far, I've been icing it and wearing an Ace brace, which seems to be helping.
I type a lot at work as well as coming home and blogging. So far, in the past week, with the assistance of some amazing co-workers, my keyboarding activities have been light as they've stepped in to help me. I also found that removing staples from items that I need to copy or scan in to my computer was an irritant. So, the person who opens the mail has begun using paper clips rather than staples to keep envelopes and attachments together. Then I just staple it all together when I'm done, using an electronic stapler. It's amazing the movements in an office environment, which we also take for granted, that can cause repetitive stress injuries.
Anyway, in addition to all those work place adjustments, I've decided to take some time away from my home keyboard to maximize the chances of getting this thing better quickly. So, I beg your indulgence while I take a needed break from blogging. I'll be back in about a week or two, and I hope you will still be here when I do return.