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How do you manage a laptop while lying down?

Discussion in 'Lifestyle Management' started by Sacajawea, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. joyscobby

    joyscobby Senior Member

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    on screen keyboard

    on windows xp,in programmes under accessories, in folder ease of access

    there is also a narator and magnifier.
     
  2. Sacajawea

    Sacajawea slightly bedraggled

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    Another keyboard!

    :DKoan,
    It really was that simple...but don't think I haven't tried it before. I tried it last year w/ my son's laptop and it wouldn't work. So I tried it w/ the exsisting keyboard (wireless) on the other PC and it didn't work (and I have no idea where the disc is but I suspect I'd have to install the software) so someone else (two others in fact) had suggested that...

    So I remembered in my closet is my old and very favorite ergonomic keyboard that I've had for a few years...I plugged it in and what do you know? It's as simple as that. It also has a really long cord so it worked well from the other computer too.

    I spilled a drink on it some time ago and the p and n don't work unless you pound so I'll have to get a different one unless I can get that to work. I could never get rid of it hoping it would work again. Either way, I have a friend who has extra computer parts and I'll ask him if he can give me a keyboard.

    Thank you all for the suggestions...I love that lapdesk that's $99. My close friend (who also is suffering from FM and severe asthma and homebound much of the time) says it would be perfect for her, so she's going to order it. I'll find out if I like it that way, lol! I sent the link to her and she loves it.

    Joyscobby, I have the utmost respect for you if you use your mouse w/ that keyboard...I tried it out and I could've used that a few years ago. It looks very time consuming I hope everyone knows what an immense effort it is to type out a post! BTW, I love the Pogues...my fav Scottish group is Marillion...

    Gracenote, I tried the dragon system about 5 years ago and if you tend to slur, ugh...it was a headache for me but someone was telling me they've been really refined since then and new technology discovered.

    Thank you all...
    Now I need a nap! I'm typing from the laptop keyboard since the other one has the sticky letters...I might see if I can get that other one tonight!!!

    SJ:D
     
  3. Koan

    Koan Be the change.

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    Well now, SJ, this makes me silly happy!

    :p
     
  4. Sacajawea

    Sacajawea slightly bedraggled

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    Smiling!!

    Koan,
    I know...I am just beside myself with joy, smiling, laughing, just tickled beyond belief...not even going to kick myself for the wasted months, I probably needed that rest anyway. A small victory...bringing me the biggest thrill right now. Asante sana!!!! Merci! Obrigado!, danke...and on and on...

    Love Ya,
    SJ:)
     
  5. Koan

    Koan Be the change.

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    right back atcha!!!

    :D
     
  6. fresh_eyes

    fresh_eyes happy to be here

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    mountains of north carolina
    Yay SJ! Yay us!
     
  7. Andrew

    Andrew Senior Member

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    Your suggestion looks very interesting because you can lie flat on your back and use it.

    Anyone know of a special mouse one can use with laptops?
     
  8. _Kim_

    _Kim_ Guest

    Andrew, I use a wireless mouse with a USB plugin for my laptop. It 'mouses' on my knee, on my sofa, though an actual mousepad would probably work too :)
     
  9. Lily

    Lily *Believe*

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    Special mouse???

    Not sure what you mean by special but I use a Logitech wireless mouse that works on any surface......love it. I use it in all positions I can manage to use my laptop on my bed - and there are many:p. Handy gadget i wouldn't be without.:)
     
  10. Andrew

    Andrew Senior Member

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    Whoa! I just tried out my mouse on my pants and shirt. It works!

    Now, why didn't I just try this before.
     
  11. FernRhizome

    FernRhizome Senior Member

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    custom recumbent work station

    Hi Folks!
    During one of my severest bedridden years I sent in a proposal to my state university's engineering team to design a recumbent work station for me and they did a beautiful job! They built a chase lounge with a monitor above me and a split keyboard, left side of bed for left hand and etc. on right side. I haven't used it much because of neck problems but it was very well designed. Is there a way for me to attach a photo to this? If so I could do that so you can see it. ~FR
     

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  12. _Kim_

    _Kim_ Guest

    attaching a photo

    To attach a photo, click on the paperclip icon [​IMG] - it's to the right of the smilie face above the post you are editing. You can then Browse > Upload a picture that will show up as a thumbnail in your post.

    Can't wait to see your work station!
     
  13. FernRhizome

    FernRhizome Senior Member

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    Okay, thanks! I just added photos to my earlier e-mail of my custom designed work station built for me by senior engineering students at the state university. ~FernRhizome
     
  14. HopingSince88

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    Dragons

    There is an application called Dragon Naturally Speaking from nuance.com. I have not used it, but have heard good things about it. The app allows you to speak to your computer and your computer will either follow the commands, or write the text that you speak.
     
  15. sunshine722

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    I plug this little lightweight keyboard into a usb on my laptop and just hold the small keyboard in my lap, with my laptop beside me. This little keyboard has it's own touchpad too. http://www.notestation.com/compactusb-ps2keyboardack540.htm I do put my laptop on a thing that diverts heat because sitting a laptop on a bed can over heat it. I don't have a url for that because I have had it over ten years.
     
  16. Sacajawea

    Sacajawea slightly bedraggled

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    Hi All!
    I finally got a new keyboard today. A big difference! :D It's been impossible since a crash last week to even type a few words on the laptop so I'm just thrilled.
    I love my Logitech mouse too, as I mainly use it on my hip. I'm glad you discovered that handy use, Andrew!

    FernRhizome, that work station is awesome! Some friends were going to mount my monitor to hang from my ceiling but I had too much damage from a storm that needed to get fixed first. But this idea is awesome, and who would've thought about splitting up a keyboard! I'm so sorry to hear neck problems prevent you from using it. I learned how to type w/o having to look at the monitor and otherwise I get many problems with my neck.

    Kudos to that team at the university! I have a 7th grade daughter who is in an engineer club at school and she thinks it's really cool! She's all about invention so maybe she'll come up with something for me!

    This new keyboard is spaced much different so typing is slow and I have to look at it to type so once again I'm sitting up. However, once I get used to it I'll be good to go I'm sure.

    There's a website for sitting disability I discovered a few years ago. I checked it out the other day-- a lady from Norway runs in and uses a wheel bed to get around. That's how I found the site but it has lots of tips for bedbound folks and computer use. I will see if I can post the link. Lol, at one point friends were going to make me a wheel-bed! I would've used it too.

    http://www.mosken.com/sit.html

    Mosken might be a member here...I saw that she has a link to this forum on her website.


    SJ:)


    "During one of my severest bedridden years I sent in a proposal to my state university's engineering team to design a recumbent work station for me and they did a beautiful job! They built a chase lounge with a monitor above me and a split keyboard, left side of bed for left hand and etc. on right side. I haven't used it much because of neck problems but it was very well designed" FernRhizome
     
  17. Koan

    Koan Be the change.

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    Hey SJ,

    Sorry to hear that you haven't been up to much computing and that you must, temporarily, type sitting up!

    But, I share you optimisim that all is about to be much better!

    I looked at the site you linked. Very useful! I bet there are a lot of ideas we could all use from there!

    Take care of you!
     
  18. shrewsbury

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    Welcome back SJ:)

    How exciting - physical aids that work! I find all this so inspiring - the keyboard, mouse on hip, work station,.........and Mosken's site in Norway.

    And friends and a university creatively helping design what you need. Brilliant to write the university engineers, and brilliant of them for responding. Hmmmm - that gets me thinking........And it sounds like your daughter may be adding something to the tool kit soon.

    Thanks for the dose of hope
    islandfinn:)
     
  19. Koan

    Koan Be the change.

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    Hey Fern,

    (Did I tell you I love your nick? Makes me laugh every time I see it.)

    I really hope you get to use your cool setup! Must be very frustrating not to be able to.

    Will hold good thoughts about fiddleheads come spring!
     
  20. shrewsbury

    shrewsbury member

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    :confused::confused: oh - so sorry FernR, it was your workstation. And it was you that wrote to the engineers at the state university. My post is an example of what happens if I don't read (or remember) every single post.:eek:
     

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