A Writer’s Life: Carpal Tunnel


Since the beginning of January I been busy writing, editing, revising and writing again. It has been crazy. This is great as the creativity has been flowing and work has been done. But with all of that a shoe is bound to drop.

I have had surgery on my left arm a number of years ago, and it helped for a year maybe two. It was for my carpal tunnel syndrome. I been able to combat it from coming back full steam by being careful and applying ointments and heat when needed.

However NaNoWriMo always kills it, always. And now this month has reared its ugly head. My left arm has been hurting all month-long. I have taken a day or two in a row off from actively being online and writing. The minute it slightly feels better I am off and running.

This past week I took three days off and it helped a lot but it did not heal. I dread going to the doctor for this but may not have choice.

Many people have said try the Dragon for PC program. One where you speak into a microphone and it transcribes why you say into words. I have this program and have tried to train it so many times. It will write a few words and then pause. My husband and son tried it once they saw my frustration. They had no problem training it. I tried again to no avail. My husband thinks it is due to my accent and my ability to speak at the speed of light. The machine will pause as if it is saying, What the … is she saying?”

I will give it another shot, perhaps if I slow down a bit it will work for me. It sure beats having another surgery.

10 thoughts on “A Writer’s Life: Carpal Tunnel”

  1. The important thing is to take care of yourself first and foremost. I tried the Dragon software to try to save the migraines I get when transcribing my handwritten work to type. Like you, either it’s my accent or I talk way to fast but it misses or messes up every other word. I’m too impatient to sound like, “The… cat… ran… up… the… hill…” so I kinda gave up. Though I’m stubborn enough to keep trying at times. lol

    Best of luck. Hope you figure a way to make it work. I tried to trick the wife into transcribing for me. If you come up with something let me know. 🙂

    1. That is what I need to do, take a small break. I need to forget the projects that are piling up and just take care of the arm. It doesn’t help that I write by hand first.

      So what you are saying is, we have yet again something else in common? Are we related? LOL

      For I could have written your reply word for word. 🙂

      If I do will let you know. Nice try on having Jamie do it for you. Serioulsy, nice try. 🙂

      1. Thanks. I figured she’s one of my editors and yells at me when I have a plot hole or something so what better way to get the issues corrected than let her type it up. She laughed and stuck her tongue out at me. lol I’m rubbing off on her.:)

  2. If feel your pain. I have been doing sooo much sewing for Pan not only does my arm hurt all the way up to my neck but the fingers are dry and cracked so bad that I can almost not feel anything. though it did pay off as the Tinker Bell costume I designed was all the rage with the theater critics- YEEE HAW!!!!

    1. Awesome news Jo Ann! That is just wonderful, way to go.

      Sadly I’m sorry to hear about the arm pain. Yes it goes all the way up to my shoulders and my fingers go numb or tingle..

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