By Judy Wolf, Marketing Product Manager
This is part two of three articles about Andrea Murphy. Tune in Tuesday, May 8th for the last installment about Andrea and her love for realtime.
When Andrea sent her Diamante® back to the factory for WiFi, she also got the new shorter stroke installed. [The shorter stroke feature was implemented in Diamantes and Wave writers made after February 1, 2012, and is available as a retrofit.]
How does Andrea feel about the shorter stroke? “I don’t have any trouble writing on it with the shortest stroke setting. No problems at all. Did I really notice it? I think you just get used to it so fast. It’s a tiny difference to begin with. Are you really doing to feel it cognitively? Probably not. But your body will feel it unconsciously since you’ll be writing with less exertion throughout the day.”
“It’s like the tall vowel keys, which I’ve been using for years!” Since her Diamante was going back to Stenograph® for WiFi and short stroke, Andrea had the tall vowel option installed too. [Tall vowels are available on new machines and as retrofits.] “I bought the key pads which are extra thick, ugly and gunky but it made it easier on my thumbs.” She said that her physical therapist recommended she try them and they really helped her. “One day I had to dig out my élan Cybra without the vowels and my hands and wrists were hurting.” Now that she has the factory-installed tall vowels on her Diamante, she gets the comfort she needs without tarnishing the beauty of her Diamante.
Andrea Murphy lives in West Frankfort, Illinois, in the St. Louis/Evansville area with her husband and as she puts it “two-too-many boys.” Andrea is a graduate of Southern Illinois University and has been a reporter for just over eleven years. You’ll find her active on social media and court reporter forums.