I’m suffering from blog elbow

I’m suffering from blog elbow
elbow.jpg: Just got back from the doctor; annual physical-humiliation day. One of my complaints is a sore spot in my right arm; it limits my movement; it can be very painful. (And, yes, I’m a hypochondriac and a complainer.) Doc said it’s tendonitis.

I couldn’t think of what caused it until I returned to the office and talked to my real doctor, Coach Hauck, who explained that tendonitis comes from repetitive activity. So here’s what came out:

(1) I’ve been blogging a lot more during the war. (So you could call it my war injury.)

(2) I’ve been blogging from the couch, now that I have wi-fi. (So you could call it wi-fi elbow.)

But you put the two together and it starts to make sense: I’m holding my right arm in a certain angle because the laptop is on the lap and my lap is on the couch and I’m holding it in that position more than I would if I were merely typing because I’m doing a lot of trackpad mouse-moving and a lot of clicking: I’m blogging.

Thus, I suffer from blog elbow.

I’m calling the New England Journal of Medicine.

: Update: Glenn Reynolds is in worse shape than I am.

We’re going to found the Home for Old Bloggers.

  • http://sageone.blog-city.com SageOne

    Calling the New England Journal of Medicine are we? Funny, they are my client. I work for a reputation management firm in Boston. They can’t help you though, because I am suffering from the same thing and they didn’t help me!!

  • http://www.joannejacobs.com Joanne Jacobs

    I had tendonitis in my elbow about 10 years ago, when I was writing for the Mercury News. One therapist told me to wrap the elbow in a bag of frozen peas. (Other vegetables are OK, but peas wrap the best.) Another told me to splint it in a small magazine — I used the Washington Monthly and rubber bands — when I slept. Of course, this was company-paid physical therapy. I saw other people who got fancy splints and ice packs. And not just the petis pois either.
    The tendonitis, which was quite painful at times, mysteriously vanished. I had a few twinges from time to time but no major attacks.

  • http://www.palit.com/tkl.asp Suman Palit

    I thought the Home for Old Bloggers was the Google archive server warehouse :-)

  • http://www.mcarthurweb.com/ Misanthropyst

    1. Typing table and proper chair.
    2. Lift those hands, wrists and forearms.
    3. Upper body weight training.
    4. Frequent beer breaks at walking distance saloon.

  • http://chuckolsen.blogspot.com Chuck Olsen

    I’ve got blogger’s hand myself. The touchpad on my Titanium powerbook is really unhealthy, all those thumb mouse-clicks are slowly destroying my hand. Sure, I could use an external mouse, but it’s so cozy on the couch! I’m sure anyone else would think blog injuries are ridiculous, so we must solace each other brothers and sisters.

  • http://world.std.com/~mmcirvin/ Matt McIrvin

    Mousing is a lot worse than typing, I’m convinced. Your arms just weren’t built to press buttons while extended too far off to the right. I ward off the RSI demons in part by switch-hitting: I mouse left-handed at work and right-handed at home. It also helps to make sure your mouse pad isn’t too far off to the side.

  • Shalegrey

    Corn works just as well as the peas as a coldpack… both are old high school remedies, especially given how little they cost a sports program on a tight budget.
    Jeff, there is no home for old bloggers. Just remember what happens to the horse when it can’t work no more… So keep up the good work.

  • http://www.bosniangeneration.net katydid

    hah. all you people need to play more video games. it hurts hands, wrists, and elbows for a little bit, but then they strengthen and all is good.

  • http://wiki.crao.net/index.php/JeanMarcBondon Jean-Marc Bondon

    To cure, it is essential to alternate the blogging causes with another activity to vary the position of your arm. I propose MousseParis http://wiki.crao.net/index.php/MousseParis to you, left GuinessParty between friends which allows according to a French expression of “Lever le coude” (something like: raising the elbow) by drinking beers.
    All my compliments and my wishes of speedy recovery

  • http://wiki.crao.net/index.php/JeanMarcBondon Jean-Marc Bondon

    To cure, it is essential to alternate the blogging causes with another activity to vary the position of your arm. I propose MousseParis http://wiki.crao.net/index.php/MousseParis to you, left GuinessParty between friends which allows according to a French expression of “Lever le coude” (something like: raising the elbow) by drinking beers.
    All my compliments and my wishes of speedy recovery

  • http://smileatme.clobgspot.com Dave

    You need to visit http://www.triathlete.com/
    Last year the oldest participant I raced against was over 80, and he beat me. I was just starting out at the age (then) of 47. (That prooves old age and experience can beat youth) Seriously, it’s never too late to start getting younger again.

  • http://spleenville.com/ Andrea Harris

    My hand and arm were always killing me until I switched from my fancy optical scrolling-wheel mouse to a cheap two-button job. And I use the keyboard commands as much as possible. Also, my keyboard has its own scroll wheel on the opposite side from my mouse.