I want to thank my good friend Joe. That’s because I am typing this faster. And hopefully
my typing will get faster. And less tiring.
Because of Joe, I am now able to use my p.c the same way I use my Vmax speech device.
That is, I am able to use it without using my hands.
This involves three components, which were installed last week after a long process
that began last Fall with an evaluation by an occupational therapist. One component is a tracking
device called a HeadMouse Extreme, which follows a shiny dot that I have on my glasses. The second
component is an onscreen keyboard that includes a word prediction feature (which gets better as
it adds words that I use). Then there’s something called the dragger which clicks the key or icon
or whatever I hold the mouse on. It is all pretty amazing.
I should say that this is still very much a work in progress. Although this works better than
my Vmax, in terms of consistency, it is a challenge to use. Having to always move my head so that
the mouse doesn’t click (I can slow down the clicking, but I don’t think I would like it any slower – I’m
too impatient) and having to frequently adjust my head in order to reorient the mouse are
among the challenges. But I do see that my typing is speeding up, and I’m hoping I will get to the
point where using my head will be less tiring than using my hand (and really much of my body).
Unfortunately, I am not able to thank Joe. I found out that he left me the money to get
this set-up after he died unexpectedly in December, about six months after his husband died. Joe was a
mentor to me, showing me how to be my true self, both as a Quaker and then as a gay man. I posted a
few years ago about how powerful attending Joe and David’s wedding was. I now call my computer
(PLEASE NOTE that I will be doing some traveling and catching up this month and may or maynot post. I plan to resume my regular schedule of posting at least twice every two weeks in August.)