Well thank you to the lovely Max and Anita for what is high praise indeed, its good to know that there are people reading my ramblings and even better to know that they are enjoying them.
Looking back on some of the posts that have gathered comments I am appalled at the standard of my prose, it was only when editing them that I realised part of the reason for this. Functionality of my wrists is a slowly improving situation therefore I am better now than I was a month ago and better then than a month previous.
So as I sat with my I Pad, the winning of which is worth its own entry, set horizontally in order to maximise the size of the keys and corrected glaring errors my frustration grew. Me using an I Pad to write produces the same frustration as an alzheimer’s patient playing cluedo!
I know where I need to be in the text but does the bloody Apple cursor? Oh no of course not, its following what it can see my fat fingers doing, touch screen for a man with sensation loss that’s like braille light switches for gods sake!
But I’m a man and an Engineer, I am technology’s master and not the other way around. So I persevere in that same stubborn determination that produced railways across the barren lands of Siberia and Ikea coffee tables without instructions. Of course this means I have to delete half a paragraph to change one word which, given my age, leaves me at risk of forgetting entirely what it is that I said in the first place.
Having inserted all sorts of strange characters, laboriously deleted them and then rewritten the surrounding text which I had to delete due to piloting errors I have concluded that the PC is a better option or even, oddly, the phone.
With all the sensation loss I can still play the tiny keys of the BlackBerry like a piano * but my works Samsung cell which is much simpler is beyond my new found clumsiness. Ask anyone that has received 6 garbled text messages instead of 1 and they will tell you I am no longer competent to use a 4 direction key with a central button.
Its rather strange that I can use a BlackBerry with keys so small that you should be issued with a tooth pick to use it but my everyday Samsung is as user friendly to me as a Mac book, whatever one of those is. The problem is that when I attempt to select a word instead of down I press send because fat thumb can’t tell the difference.
As soon as I’ve done it I’m acutely aware that someone is going to reply to my half a message so I make the huge mistake of hurriedly penning a new message. Given I have to write the whole of the original message again, which I messed up, and complete it and find the bloody send key intentionally you wouldn’t normally think hurrying was a good idea would you? Hence my work colleagues think I have developed a text stutter!
But to the point in hand, the reason my literacy was so poor in posts going back to the accident is that my dexterity was not suited to the task in hand, instead of proof reading I would close a post by growling and swearing at the input device before stabbing ‘publish’ with a selection of digits and retiring for a well deserved nap!
If you follow the blog take no notice of the edits they are just housekeeping. I promise to proof read my own work more often in future and will make the I Pad a feature of my physio regime.
*or more accurately as someone that can play the piano would