I needed a better mouse. When you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), everyday things that many people take for granted can be extremely challenging.
I noticed that my mouse clicking was becoming increasingly difficult; you could say that the clicks weren't clicking. The standard desktop mouse was not working. Maarten's idea of using my non-dominant hand wasn't an option either, since RA affects both of my hands.
My hands speak volumes and when they speak, I listen. I chased after a vertical mouse; it's more ergonomic than the standard mouse. While it's not ideal, it does make computer work a bit easier.
If that didn't work for me, I was prepared to try an external touchpad or track pad. That option is not entirely off the table, er, desk.
To minimize mouse use, I'm learning shortcut keys. As an additional benefit, I give my brain a little workout as I commit those shortcuts to memory.
Instead of a Mouse
The other option is to dictate a post, something I'm not fond of doing. As mentioned earlier, my hands do the talking. When I'm in the zone, it feels as if the words are flowing directly out of my fingers and onto the page or screen. It's a wonderful feeling; one that I'm loathe to surrender!
In the meantime, I'll continue doing what I do and how I do it.
Over to You
- How has RA changed the way in which you use the computer or laptop?
- Have you switched to using the dictation method of writing?
- How has that experience been for you?