For most of my adult life, I have been a bit on the intense side. A result of my “intense-ness” is called RSI in my wrist. RSI stands for repeated stress injury. I know that sounds rugged and tough like an avid rugby player’s condition, but it is actually a condition that comes from working on the computer…using the mouse and such. And after reading a book called ITS NOT CARPEL TUNNEL SYNDROME, I learned that a huge part of RSI is related to a personality that is more high strung, high stressed, and uptight. So my wrist hurt already…that made me feel even better. Thanks for the self-esteem book I paid $6.95 for. Plus shipping.
I took matters into my own hands. The stress part will have to be left up to God and this journal to figure out how to slow down, calm down, and live and more relaxed life-style. If there were a Barns and Nobel quick-pick called RELAXING FOR DUMMIES, I would be redeemed, healed, and set free. Unfortunately, nobody has thought of writing that book yet. Until they do, I had to consider the physical side of the problem. Too much typing, wrist moving, and mouse clicking.
I thought of getting one of those programs where you talk and it types while you talk. Unfortunately, that’s difficult to do when you work on music and the singer is singing the lyric, “Oh, baby baby, do it to me all night long.” So I moved on to tackle the wrist moving problem by doing a few things. First, I got TWO trackballs. I put a wrist guard on my right wrist to keep me from moving it. I put a make-shift pad on the wrist with an elastic band on the wrist so I can roll the trackball with the pad on my arm instead of my fingers. And the left trackball is to give my right wrist rest at times. The circular silver thing you see in the middle is for scrolling. In addition to that, I rigged a mouse on the floor for me to click with my foot. The mouse is embedded in a soft pad.
So at this point, you either think I’m a genius, a serious dork, or just plain freaky. That’s okay, either way, I can still keep working and I can patiently wait till that book comes out.
Until then, keep in touch with this blog. We’ve started tracking drums for the new album.