You got that right, Lodershaw...I just realized I can't see any of the replies so I won't address each of you but I'm so thankful I asked this because I NEED my internet life, lol...I'm so behind on emails I feel I'll just have to start over. And not joining in here, it's been rough.
First off-- thanks everyone! I actually got really emotional
reading the responses…and so excited to try them all out at once! I pretty much do what you do Jody, but it only works for reading and using the mouse…,maybe typing a few words on FB but to type I need my head as flat as possilble (one pillow), on my side and to unlearn the memory of typing w/ the keyboard in my lap (more like it was on my hip and sort of across my belly while I was either on my back completely flat or on my side w/ legs drawn up).
I’m going to check everything out and experiment a bit and come back with hopfefully some good news. I immediately stuck a pillow under my upper arm…never though t of that one! That has made a huge difference already.
I do have the lap desk w/ the bean bottom. I keep it next to me on the bed and have to lie flat sideways. I can’t semi-recline or use the lapdesk on my “lap” because of an additional “movement disorder”, my MJD which is more out of control if I’m reclined backwards (huh?). I have ataxia pretty bad at times in my legs so on my side is best, as this is too bulky. But so far no matter what I try, I either end up with my legs dancing, neck spasms, a numb behind, wrist pain, or if I just sit up, then I’m worn out after a short amount of time, not to mention the crushing pressure on my spine. For me, my brain fog is also cut way down if I’m flat.
I’ve had to lie flat for a little more than three years now but after going without the ability to use the computer for 9 months in 2007 (lost the ability temporarily to type, hold a mouse, etc on top of not being able to sit)—that was awful so after I started getting a bit better I had the brilliant idea to move the big thing onto my bed…I gained back full typing ability and could type fairly quickly just by touch.
So that was working great for me, me and my computer in my bed, the monitor literally where the other pillow would go (I’m single, lol)…except it was getting slower and slower, made it harder on the other family members to use the computer so my dad surprised me with this laptop. He didn’t have to do that, especially under the circumstances (they were paying my legal fees to fight for custody of my daughters)…so if for nothing else I’ve felt determined to not give up on this thing.
I’ve been sick for soooooooooooooo long and he’s not always understood the oddities of what we go through but has been ever supportive. But when I told him I was having trouble using it, I sure felt his disappointment and didn’t want him to think he made life harder for me (plus, I can take this to my friend’s house and lay on her couch and use it, they call me Cleopatra)…so that made me more determined to make it work. I was going back to the old computer if I had to type something but I’m going to have it moved to a desk for my daughters to use after I get it repaired. Right now it’s on the piano bench, pulled up to the couch, where it’s been since July. We just keep the keyboard on the couch. It’s veryyyyyyyyyyy slow.
I just can’t believe I didn’t ask you guys for some assistance sooner!
So I’m going to do that now and come back and give you my thoughts. I’m too spent to proofread…and I know I let off some steam here…thanks so much!
PSJoycscobby, what sort of program do you have to see the keyboard on your screen? Sounds like I need to check that out...can't even picture it.