Exercises, ice, and rest are helping my wrist to calm down, but I knew that if I wanted to get any writing done today I would have to find a different way to go about it. I can type one-handed, but that’s tedious. Knowing that it’s all about the angle of the wrist when typing, I decided to take a cue from Anna’s standing desk.

Normally the nook is home to our music books and the stack of books I’m borrowing from friends, with just enough space for the computer to sit. This set up has been working well for today. When my ankles and knees protest from standing, I can sit down to think or to consult the materials spread out on the table.

A few people have half-jokingly suggested that I invest in dictation-software, but for what I’m doing that just isn’t feasible. I’d be better off with an amanuensis — and one who knows Middle English as well as I do, and isn’t afraid of Old English or Latin (or even Spanish, French, and German) either. I doubt dictation software is sensitive enough to know which dialect of Middle English I’m reading from, or to handle that each word can have multiple variants of spelling. So for now, the standing desk is working. I have over 1000 words written, and still have more of the day left to go.

4 thoughts on “Innovation

  1. Rebecca says:

    I hope that your wrist is better soon. Maybe one day technology will be so fantastically advanced as to make that dicatation possible, but until then I’m sorry I’m not around to help by being your amanuensis.

    By the way, ice is only really helpful for acute injuries, and most often only really for the first 24-48 hours. If you’re getting to that point, you could be better of switching to application of heat, which aids circulation and speeds healing time, or maybe to alternation of heat and ice.

    The corner looks really cosy, though there should be a steaming cup of tea on the table too.


  2. Chera says:

    I haven’t tried any ice today, so I guess I can switch to heat. Is that true for joints too, though? (Since you can ask your dad.) The problem is inflammation around the joint, not the muscles.

    And, fear not, there was a cup of tea. It was just hiding behind the stack of books.


  3. Anna Howard says:

    Sorry to hear your wrist is hurting 😦 but standing does help! I’ve had to switch back to sitting since becoming pregnant, but I get up and move around a lot since I moved my desk downstairs where I can easily access dishes and laundry. Glad the idea helped! 🙂


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