A lot of my self-image is built up around the things I can do with my hands. I'm an artist in my spare time. Most of my work is very very small and detailed. At work I carry things, I type, I organize things on shelves. Hands hands hands. I also communicate with the world via iPhone, which is lots of tiny little finger movements.
I have developed a repetitive stress injury. My fingers are numb, and they shake. My elbows hurt. My forearms tingle.
I feel extremely helpless.
I'm attempting to prevent further damage by immobilizing my wrists.
I was unaware of how much of my life is hanging below my elbows.
Am I good for anything if my hands don't work?