Thursday, May 10, 2012


Had a lot of fun writing MASQUERADE today! I can only write for about an hour at a time before stopping to ice my arm, but I'm seeing a doctor again soon. Hopefully, I'll either have surgery in the fall or have a plan so that I can write all that I want! Eeek! It's something I used to take for granted--being able to write allllll day and not even think about it.

Since 2006, though, what started as carpal tunnel (and still is present) has progressed to tennis elbow and/or thoracic outlet syndrome. Basically, it's too much pain for OTC pain relievers to touch and braces only help a teensy bit. The second I'm off the computer, I'm in pain for the rest of the day or even a few days after. It's like a toothache that won't go away. The WORST is when the pain spikes. The best way I can describe it is as though someone's shoving a white hot iron fire poker into my elbow. Not so fun!

But I feel great when writing gets done, like today, and I know to stop before I make my arm too mad. I tried my Barnhart girl, Lauren's, #1k1hr strategy on Twitter and it was so fun and totally worked. Doing it again tomorrow. :) Search the hashtag and try it for yourself if you're up for a challenge!

Signing off!



Adina said...

omg i hope u feel better jess! I can't wait to read popular, but i need to buy it first lolz :)

Katharine Swan said...

Mine never got to be as bad as yours sounds, but when I went to full-time freelancing in late 2005, I started having significant problems, too. I never saw a doctor, but I suspect mine was repetitive strain injury, not carpal tunnel. I found I few things that helped to minimize the pain -- basically, things that just set me up for a better day. I kept a heating pad under my wrists at the keyboard, like a wrist rest, and I also used a heating pad at night to help me feel better by the time it was time to work again in the morning. I found that the heating pad seemed to help the most when I kept it on my shoulder at night -- apparently that was the source of the pain, even though it was all the way down in my wrists.

Now I'm writing with a whole new kind of pain. Last night my horse stepped on and broke the very tip of my left middle finger (long story how that happened, but chalk it up to a young, mostly untrained horse and a brain fart on my part), so I am having to learn to type with only 9 fingers -- and missing what is by far the most common finger used in typing. Seriously -- try typing without your left middle finger and you'll see what I mean! Full story of how I did it here.

Anonymous said...

So sorry for all the pain you are having. I love all your books and know you and Kate put a lot of time in them.

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