Windows Dictation promising but not there yet...

So I have slight Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and de Quervain's Tenosinovitis, with my right hand being somewhat more damaged than my left one (thankfully since I'm a lefty). I chalk that up to most computer mice being designed to be used right handed, so it's my right hand that's had to bear the brunt of mousing since I started using a PC since around I was in the fifth grade. So that brings me to my use of Windows' built-in dictation by way of the Speech Recognition software.

First of all, my native language is Spanish, though I happen to think I'm pretty good at speaking English and it had some trouble understanding me. I went through the tutorial, and every time I had to say the word "period" it was a chore. I had to exaggerate the "d" at the end for the software to realize that I wanted to insert a period. Then there was the issue that the tutorial itself was buggy and Microsoft forgot to update it for Windows 8 (yes, I'm using Win 8 on my desktop, you can stop laughing now). I was using Speech Recognition with a Logitech gaming headset, the G35, so I know I was using a high quality tool to dictate; it just wouldn't understand me consistently enough. I also had a few laughs at the tutorial trying to teach me to navigate the Windows 7 Start menu. Well, Windows 8 has a Start Screen so there's that! Then it wouldn't fail that the Speech Recognition would turn off for some reason at the last slide of every topic! But still, I pressed on and arrived at the big test.

I decided to give the speech recognition thing a try in order to help me with my writing. Typing has been difficult for the last two days because of the condition my hands are in, so I tried to do a whole session worth of writing with the dictation. Ugh, not good. It was awesome when it worked, and I can see how I could probably increase my word count significantly if it were consistent. Unfortunately, it isn't right now, and when it doesn't understand me right it takes too much effort to fix things. The tutorial did mention that it is possible to train it to learn how I pronounce things better, so I'll try that later. In the meantime, my hand hurts and I'm typing because the dictation nicht so gut...