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Monday, December 20, 2010

Two hands!

Quite exciting! 
   This afternoon I did something I haven't been able to do for six months - I switched the wireless mouse from the left back to the right side of my computer and was able to move it about and click with it - poorly and inaccurately, but do-able. 
   This is a big achievement for me as it would have set off a seizure in the past (before Avastin). I can do it for only a couple of minutes at a time, though, as it makes me feel a weird sort of mental discomfort after a while. With time and patience I may be able to increase this mobility. I have to think hard about how to click and even harder how to use the scroll button.
   The major drawback I have discovered is that there are not enough signals getting through to/from the brain to be able to really lift the mouse, meaning I run out of room on the mousepad like the first time ever you might have used a computer mouse. It feels as if it weighs about three kilos to lift with that hand. If you find that odd, imagine how it feels to me!
   The only solution is practice. Painfully slow, frustrating but repetitive attempts to do what a two-year old can learn to do in two minutes.
   There is not a chance yet that I can use the right hand again for the keyboard as it can barely hold up its own weight and all the fingers drag over all the keys on the keyboard. But let me try:
   Merry Criistmas, everyyone!
   That wasn't so bad, though I have to admit I used the left hand for the left hand keys, so that half of the keyboard was covered.... and it took ages for the right hand keys. Let's try something more ambitious:
   Now is the time for a,ll god me to come to the aid of the party.
   The quick brown fox umps  over te lazy dog.
   I'm quite proud of that!
   I promise to work on it. This is probably great therapy. It may even reduce the 'weight' of the mouse.


  1. I'm not too sure about the fox umping over the dog,whether that is allowed on a nice clean forum like this, but that's really good news.

    I can't ype as well as that anywawy.

  2. PS I see the girls are arriving soon. Does this explain the weather?????? It happens every time they come!! Powerful beings, those house elves.

  3. Dear Julie. You really made me laugh with the 'umping. Obviously I need to focus on my j a it. Or you'll be ulie forever.... not to mention oan and ohnny, my sister an and ulia and essamy.

  4. Hey Uncle Den....I wouldn't worry too much about getting all the letters. After all, I've read heaps of emails that prove you only need the first and last letter to be correct with the right no of letters in between and the brain works out the rest!! " i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uine rvtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas thguhot slpeling was ipmorantt!"

  5. First and last letters plus right number of letters huh? Let's see then.

    Ate yfu rdeay fir tihs? I em nut rutwly tyhnig to uwe tre sene latyres euvn.

    Yes, it is amazing! Scary though. All that time wasted on learning how to spell.... but then , you do need thr right number of letters. And the first and last, so you may as well do it properly!


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