Monday, June 11, 2007

Mouse-shoulder and Reading

Is there such an ailment as mouse-shoulder? I have self diagnosed myself with this term. When I move my computer mouse on my desk the past few days, I feel a very uncomfortable pain in my shoulder. I tell you this to explain why I haven’t been on the computer as much lately as I would like. I’m trying to give my mouse-shoulder a rest to see if it will feel better soon. So far, it seems to be helping.

I want to thank everyone who left me suggestions for summer beach reading material. I narrowed the long list of suggested books down to three. I went book shopping last weekend and bought the following books

“Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man” by Fannie Flagg
“Lamb” by Christopher Moore
“Jamaica Me Dead” by Bob Morris

Just as a side note, I have read and enjoyed each and every one of Carl Hiaasen’s books. His books are some of the few books that I have actually re-read.

Thank you again to everyone who helped me determine my summer beach reads. I am so looking forward to reading these three books. I promised myself I would not begin them until my skinny fanny was sitting on the Sanibel beach, but everything in me wants to cheat and start reading them now. I hope I don’t.


Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

Enjoy your books and the beauty of the ocean breezes! ; )

June 11, 2007 3:37 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

I've read the first two and now I'll get the third. Thanks PoP! Enjoy your vacation.

June 11, 2007 3:57 AM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

you picked some excellent books to start!

I brought 7 on my trip with me (including 3 Jeannette Winterson)--No beaches, but I hope I can get plenty of downtime to read.

And I hope your shoulder feels better too!!!

June 11, 2007 5:01 AM  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

Shoulder or neck pain = too much blogging. ;)

June 11, 2007 6:25 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

The mouse shoulder should go away after a few days on the beach. Warm sun and some internally taken "lubrication" should help as well. Enjoy the holiday.

June 11, 2007 6:56 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

Your reading list sounds great. I think I may copy it. A few days on the warm sand will definitely work out that mouse shoulder. If not, get a laptop and let your fingers do the mousepad thing.

June 11, 2007 8:12 AM  
Blogger niCk (Mem Beth) said...

I love Carl Hiassen. I've read "Sick Puppy" three times, it was just as funny yhe third time.

Even his novels targeted for young adults are a "Hoot", hehe.

June 11, 2007 9:21 AM  
Blogger sumo said...

Sounds like a nice recipe for relaxation.

June 11, 2007 12:17 PM  
Blogger mommanator said...

Neck n shoulder thing. I casually asked a chiropractor about the same thing. He said -Are you using good posture while you type,, is the front of the computer facing directly toward you or do you have it turned so you have to turn your head to read it. Well as I analysed the situation. I was not using good posture and I had turn my head and strain to use the darn thing. When I corrected those things the pain went away YEH!
I will be sitting on St Pete beach some of the time- been to Frenchies?? We usually go there-wave LOL Safe trip

June 11, 2007 12:51 PM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

Mouse shoulder sounds like a great name for that!

June 11, 2007 12:56 PM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

Take it easy and enjoy yourself, all will be well... read relax and have yourself some fun.

June 11, 2007 7:13 PM  
Blogger Time said...

Anytime you do the same movement with constant repetition, eventually the body will get soar. The sun, whirlpool jets, or just stopping that same motion for a few days should help.

June 11, 2007 8:53 PM  
Anonymous pekka said...

The main thing with the cranky shoulder of yours is to do nothing about it. Of course, you could go and spend the crown jewels on chiropractors and other medicine men but it will probably just disappear like the most other unexplained UFA's (unexplained flying ailments). Until I read about it here, I forgot that I had one just a few weeks ago and it's miraculously gone by itself. Dang, it was a real pain in the...shoulder!

June 11, 2007 9:29 PM  
Blogger Floridacracker said...

No cheating young lady!

June 12, 2007 5:44 PM  
Blogger Pursey Tuttweiler said...

I got that shoulder pain so bad I couldn't lift my arm to even pull a shirt over my head. It got so severe I was praying they would amputate my arm, the pain went down to the elbow. 1st diagnosis - That stuff golfers get, what the heck is the name of it?
2nd tests - Multiple sclerosis
3rd test - bone scans for bone cancer
After being scared shitless for weeks and in increasing pain, a physical therapist fixed me in one visit.

Here is a page with exercises you can do. You may not have developed throacic outlet syndrome, but it is probably the same types of nerves involved, and all this stuff is caused by the term "working forward" and not counterbalancing it with the right posture and stretches throughout the day. Get on top of it before it gets worse, the stretches feel great.

Here is a link:

June 13, 2007 6:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

try getting a keyboard tray that has room for your mouse. when you type and use the mouse, your shoulders should be relaxed, your elbows should be next to your waist, and your forearms should make a 90o angle (or more) with your upper arms. your keyboard and mouse should be centered so you don't have to reach far to the side to use either of them. all this while you're sitting up fairly straight with your feet on the floor. yes, it is next to impossible to meet all these criteria, but if you can do it, you'll be able to spend much more time on the computer without pinching any nerves or tendons.

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