Although I already knew a lot of what he told me, it was helpful to have that knowledge confirmed, and he also taught me a lot of things I didn't know, and helped me to get aware of some of the areas I was being neglectful. One of the surprising things he showed me was where most of my pain was likely coming from, and oddly enough, it was a side-effect of me wearing wrist braces while working which was causing a very specific kind of fatigue which led to a major ripple effect. It was also related to the way I hold my hands when I type, which was also surprising — I did everything I could to avoid ulnar deviation by keeping my wrists completely straight, but that actually was leading to static tension which was causing way more fatigue and pain.
He had a few recommendations, particularly on which specific keyboard to get (his first choice for me is the Kinesis Maxim, which was one of the ones I was considering recently, but it's not very Mac-friendly so I could only really use it at work). He also showed me how to optimally adjust my chair and keyboard tray and so on; what I thought was correct was pretty close and he said it was obvious that I knew a great deal about the issues, but he showed me a few more things which should be helpful.
Of course, the most important thing is to give my body time to heal. Take as many breaks from typing and computer use and guitar playing and so on that I can. To that end, I'm not taking my laptop with me to Albuquerque next week, and not going to use the computer much (basically I'll just read email and try to keep more or less up-to-date with weblogs but probably not very well). I might get a wifi card for my Palm though.
But, the most important thing is I need to limit my computer use. So, dex/dx is definitely taking a back seat for a while. I hate leaving it hanging especially since if I leave it alone for a while I'll forget where I was and not be so interested in any of the dozens of plot ideas I have anymore. That's pretty much what happened to Eaveston, anyway.
So anyway, if you don't hear from me much for a while, you know why.