In case you are wondering why I haven't posted in over two weeks, I got injured! Not through sports, or an accident, or a failed kidnapping attempt of Jeff Hickman so we could live out Grimnir's comic. Nope, nothing exciting. I got injured by my blasted computer.
Apparently its called RSI – Repetitive Stress Injury – which can occur from lots of things, but actions such as typing and mousing use a lot of the same muscles in your hands repeatedly, which over time, can build up stress on your arms and cause injury. And since I code most of the day and then often put in extra time playing games or browsing the web, my computer use is probably a little beyond excessive.. perhaps I had it coming =p
Anyways, the point of sharing my little story is apparently this could have all been avoided if I had just stopped using my computer for a few days when this first started occurring. But since originally it was just a dull ache that persisted when I tried to work or play, I ignored it… until a few weeks later when it started causing sharp shooting pains up my arm, and by then it was too late. Now I must minimize my computer time for another week or two to rest my hands so they recover, so I won't be playing or posting much in the meantime, but I'll be back =)
So, learn from the little gobbo's pain and if your hands start hurting, don't ignore it! take a few days off!