Brian J. White

Feeling up my wrists

As anyone has heard me complain about it knows, I’ve been having problems with my wrists for about two years. It’s the result of working eight hours a day on a computer five nights a week  for the past five years. I stretch and I use ice, and I also load up on painkillers, but the pain has never really gone away.

I’m currently in physical therapy, and it seems to be helping. I’m also using a funky new keyboard that @RoseFox loaned me to try out at work. That also seems to be putting less stress on my wrists.

But one problem I’m still having is that what I want to use a computer at home it’s painful to even think about sitting down and using my wrists even more. So I’m trying out the built-in speech recognition software that comes with Windows 7. I’m writing this post using it right now. It seems fairly accurate and it’s supposed to learn as I continue using it and correcting its mistakes.

The funniest mistake that it made while I was writing this was in the first sentence. It wrote  “I’ve been having problems with by breasts for about two years.”

I’d like to blame my lack of blogging lately on my wrists, but mostly it’s just been laziness. Now if I could just find some software to fix that.

Comments

  1. says

    Brian, I’m sorry you’re still struggling with this. I’ve had similar issues for, um, well, I wouldn’t want to discourage you from remaining in the fabulous world of editing.

    Anytime I have an issue with hand or wrist pain, I find it generates from my shoulders and spine. I see a chiropractor weekly to have everything put back in place, but I find doing the following helps me:
    –Yoga, at least daily. Stretch everything out and stay flexible.
    –Taking frequent breaks. I try to get up once an hour or so. When I do, it helps. However, I don’t often remember to get up!
    –Varying my workstation. I work exclusively on laptops. I vary from sitting at a desk, standing at another desk, and sometimes sitting elsewhere with the computer on my lap. I find two-hour blocks in any one position help me the most.

    I don’t know if any of that will help you, but it can’t hurt to try!

  2. David Craig says

    Probably the voice recognition was responsible for the “what” for “when” in this sentence:

    “But one problem I’m still having is that what I want to use a computer at home…”

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