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    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/28/1997 4:31:00 PM  

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{original post had no questions}

Thanks. I've seen just about every article on CTS that I can
think of, and I've got it down to a roar...sometimes it's worse than
other times. The Kinesis ergonomic keyboard at work helps, and I just
sent out for a Datahand keyboard to use at home to see if that helps
further. It aches pretty much all the time, but it's a low, dull ache
and I'm hardly aware of it most of the time. It's only when I go to
bed, and I'm still for more than 5 minutes at a time, that it really
starts to demand my attention.

It was *much* worse last year or so, when I had to literally
write for 20 minutes, ice down my hands/wrists for 20 minutes, write
for 20, ice for 20, on and on. I actually haven't had to do that this
year.

(And yes, when I remember to do so, I use the wrist braces.)

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
      To: CIS  
    Date: 3/1/1997 6:44:00 PM  

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Jean S McKnight <105513.130@compuserve.com> asks:
> That line about Sheridan's head imploding was more than a little
> autobiographical, no?

"That line about Sheridan's head imploding was more than a little
autobiographical, no?"

Just a tad....

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
      To: CIS  
    Date: 3/17/1997 12:57:00 PM  

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{original post unavailable}

I'll probably try it eventually, but for obvious reasons can't
handle any kind of learning curve right now....

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
      To: CIS  
    Date: 4/12/1997 6:04:00 PM  

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Jean S McKnight <105513.130@compuserve.com> asks:
> What sort of mutant keyboard is that?
> Is it wireless?
> Would you recommend this arrangement for those of us with the CTS
> and sore neck blues?

That's a Kinesis keyboard, which I've found very useful. It's
cut back the discomfort quite a bit, and I recommend it, though it
takes a bit to get used to it.

I've also just ordered a Datahand, which is a very radically
different design, though there's apparently an 8 week waiting list.
I'll let folks know how that one works out.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
      To: CIS  
    Date: 4/13/1997 10:28:00 AM  

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Jean S McKnight <105513.130@compuserve.com> asks:
> What do you do for a mouse, though?
> And how DO you handle the keyboard in your lap- do you have an
> extra long cord, or a cordless adapter?

I still have to use a standard mouse, though I hate a mousepad,
so I usually just run it on the top of my leg.

The keyboard cable is pretty standard, and should probably be
longer. I just keep it in my lap, on a lap-cat (a keyboard cushion),
and sit back and type my little brains out.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
      To: CIS  
    Date: 4/13/1997 4:11:00 PM  

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Jean S McKnight <105513.130@compuserve.com> asks:
> though then what would my excuse for getting so little done be?

BTW, before I forget, try checking out www.datahand.com for
another kind of keyboard, the one I just ordered. Can't vouch for it
yet, because I haven't tried it and am trying this on faith, but it's a
completely radical new design that was initially made for the Post
Office, and is now being sold commercially.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
      To: CIS  
    Date: 4/15/1997 6:12:00 PM  

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Jean S McKnight <105513.130@compuserve.com> asks:
> Not to belabor this line of questioning (she says as she
> belabors), but where do you get one of these things?

Unfortunately, I don't remember where I got it, and the label
has long since fallen off, I only remember that it was called a LapCat.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
      To: CIS  
    Date: 4/17/1997 3:53:00 PM  

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{original post had no questions}

No, I just figured that sooner or later you'd stumble onto the
staple gun solution like the rest of us.

jms

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