My Carpal Tunnel & What It Means For You

There’s a new thing in my life, and it’s carpal tunnel.

I don’t have any pain, which is good, but I do have numb fingers. For a writer, this is bad. I’ve been wearing a brace and doing exercises and taking anti-inflammatories, and Googling (WebMd told me I had a brain tumor). Everything I can do, I am.

And that includes cutting down my laptop time.

What this means for my podcast listeners is that starting in November, episodes will be airing bi-weekly, and I’ll be moving to a non-guest format. If you’d like to suggest topics or have questions you’d like answered about writing and publishing, feel free to email me at Mindy@MindyMcGinnis.com or tweet at me @MindyMcGinnis.

For the moment, I plan to keep this blog operating.

In the past, people have often asked me how I manage to do everything that I do. I usually tell them it comes at the expense of my personal relationships and physical and mental well-being. While a glib answer, it has begun to be an honest one, so I’m nipping it in the bud.

My personal relationships basically means that my cats don’t understand why I now only pet them with one hand.

I have many side projects that require laptop time, and I’m scaling back everything that isn’t me actually sitting down and banging out words in a manuscript. My Patreon is currently on pause (if you are a supporter, you will no longer be charged), but there are still plenty of ways you can support this blog (and me). 

In the meantime, enjoy the latest podcast, featuring S Gonzales who writes Young Adult contemporary books with twisty plots and a generous dose of romance, featuring witty yet vulnerable characters. She joined me today to talk about landing her agent, Twitter contests, and balancing time difference while living in Australia and interacting with her American audience and publishing contacts. Also covered: Why publish with an initial standing in for her first name? Writing about mental illnesses responsibly and rom coms for queer people.

7 thoughts on “My Carpal Tunnel & What It Means For You

  1. I’m so very sorry, Mindy, to hear this news. As carpal tunnel sufferer myself (after 8 years I finally had surgery and I highly recommend it, amazing cure!), I totally sympathize and I wish you all the best in taking care of yourself.

  2. I became a blogger at 14 and wrote my first novel at 15. I spent a lot of high school on a computer. I started having wrist pain in ninth grade, wore wrist braces by my freshman year of college, finally got diagnosed with carpal tunnel and had surgery on both wrists at 20. That was two years ago and the pain, numbing, and tingling still aren’t gone. I’m on gabapentin now and it helps. I’m so sorry you are having this pain now.

  3. Thanks everyone for the support! Right now I’m just slowly eliminating or cutting back on certain activities. Of course, due to the nature of my writing process, I will still need to be spending time in front of the laptop, but I’m limiting myself to only necessary tasks – like writing!

  4. I am sorry that you are going through this. I suffered from carpal tunnel for years and finally went to the doctor when I injured my thumb. The hand specialist suggested that it could be coming from my neck. After diagnostic testing, they discovered that I had three degenerated disks in my neck that were impinging on the nerves to my arms and hands. I had cervical fusion in November 2015 and hand surgery for my thumb and carpal tunnel (right hand only) in December. So far, so good. It was scary, but now I am pain free. I hope that you are able to find relief. Sending good wishes to you.

    1. Thank you for the kind thoughts! I am doing better. With the braces that I bought for daily activity, and a very stiff one for the gym, I appear to be improving already. I had to change the way I sit while writing (my elbow was below my wrist) and that has helped as well!

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