Through the microscope

Repetitive Strain Injury

Repetitive strain injury of the index finger on my right hand, I blame my microscopes. Sanding and polishing has caused damage. As I am sanding and polishing small areas at a time, and because it’s quite delicate work I tend to use my index finger most of the time. I have to use quite a lot of pressure because I have hypermobile joints and a very weak grip. My index finger is objecting. The metacarpophalangeal joint is sore and I look like I have been stung on the hand by a couple of bees. I can’t use a mouse and I can only use my thumb and pinky finger on my right hand. 


I’m sure it will be fine. I just need to rest it for a week or two and adapt.My body has given me a warning and I shall heed it.  In future I shall wrap my sandpaper around a small block – like you do when sanding large surfaces. That will mean I am distributing the strain better instead of it all going on one finger.  I may have to wrap my polishing cloths around a stick of some kind too, so I can use more of a pencil grip. 

I’d type more but I’m used to using all my fingers to type and this is very slow. 

How many fingers do you use to type? 

I hope my hand gets better soon. I have stuff to do. 

Oooh! Next week I should be helping at an adult numeracy course. That will be fun. Teaching adults is a joy. 

Happy New Year to you all!

Comments on: "Repetitive Strain Injury" (1)

  1. Get well soon, Penny. Here’s to a healthier, happier 2014 for all of us.


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