|Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska|
(YES, that is one of many glaciers)
Last night two dear friends asked why I hadn't posted in awhile. Well, I guess several reasons - it takes me longer these days to do anything (including think). Then last week there were a couple of days that I could barely type because my hands were bouncing around all over the place. I was also going through a "dumps" period for a week or two. You know the kind - "poor me" - "why me" - pity weeks. No, I don't want anyone else to feel sorry for me - I did enough of that myself last week. As I have said, there are many young people in this big wide world with worse problems. I really feel that way 99.9% of the time. But I guess a case of the "poor me blues" was bound to creep up on me. It has been a year since I was diagnosed with PD, and this is the first time I've gone through it.
My self-pity period may have been blessing in disguise as it forced me into doing something proactive. I've purchased a computer program called "Dragon Nuance Naturally Speaking." Several good friends on Twitter have been encouraging me for about 6 months to look into it. After having a bad couple of weeks of not being able to type much, I decided it was TIME to at least check into it.
My big concern was that it might not be compatible with Twitter and Blogger, as those are my two big social outlets. A call to the company representative assured me it was compatable. And, it just so happened they had a little special going on whereby there would be $50 off the Blue Tooth head set. My son-in-law (SIL) told me the Dragon has been around for years - they kind of come on strong for awhile, then fade away for awhile, then come back strong again after improving things. He said there was no concern with my computer not being able to handle it. After talking it over with Don, I decided to order it.
What is Dragon? It's a system that will allow me to dictate the words to be typed and the program will type for me. Beats me as to how this is possible. But I've always said (especially when there are problems with the computer) that there are little tiny gremlins running around inside the computer and every now and then they say "gotcha." So maybe now the little gremlins are the ones who will be typing for me. he he.
I'm excited for it to come, which will probably be one day this week. Unfortunately, there will be a learning curve for both me and the software. Dang, I swear this computer stuff is smarter than humans sometimes. I had to laugh when she said the program would have a learning curve too. I wonder if it gets an A, B or a C and who will rate it.
Oh, and does that mean I'll be pacing the floor while dictating. ha ha - every boss I ever had that dictated paced the floor!! Stay tuned for more news on this one.