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Re: I have had a stroke
« Reply #25 on: April 21, 2016, 12:36:25 pm »
I have a Dvorak keypad, too. I have shoulder/arm issues that make my hands shake (or used to). It hasn't come back (knock on wood) since I've had my new keyboard a few years ago. I really like it.

I wish you all the best. I'm glad it was as minor as it was.


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    Offline Harvey Click

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    Re: I have had a stroke
    « Reply #26 on: April 21, 2016, 12:40:13 pm »
    Best wishes for a quick and full recovery.

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    Re: I have had a stroke
    « Reply #27 on: April 21, 2016, 12:43:39 pm »
    Sorry to hear of the stroke. Good luck on a speedy recovery.

    Here are links to 2 KB threads on Dragon and other dictation software that I bookmarked. Both have a lot of helpful information about Dragon and alternatives....especially if you have a Mac

    https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,228009.0.html

    https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,203713.msg2841317.html#msg2841317

    There are a number of additional threads on best headsets, mics, whatever

    ETA....if there are multiple copies of this post, ignore them. I'm not sure what's happening here....

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    Re: I have had a stroke
    « Reply #28 on: April 21, 2016, 12:55:17 pm »
    Adding my best wishes for a quick and full recovery.

    Also, what about predictive text s/w...like http://www.sumitsoft.com (not a recommendation, I know nothing about them).

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    Re: I have had a stroke
    « Reply #29 on: April 21, 2016, 01:14:07 pm »
    Best wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery.

    I had some good experiences with using the Dragon application. So far my typing is faster and more accurate and I don't use it on a regular basis. It is important to be diligent about  training your new pet :) My father used his Dragon software for chatting online and never saved any training. As a result, the program became unreliable and he got frustrated with it.

    I think it will be a viable asset to your writing during the rehab period. 


    Thank you for that.
    There is software like that that.  I use a really old editor called "EMACS".  It's free and runs basically on any OS.  It has a feature called "abbreviation expansion".  You supply it a list of words and what you want them changed to as you type.  Then, the second you hit the space bar (or a period or a non letter key) as you type, whatever you type is replaced with whatever you specified.

    Other text editors have a similar feature.

    Here's my list of abbreviations:

    https://github.com/greglange/abrn/blob/master/data/abbr.txt

    As an example, if I type "i uu abrx wn im typing tgs.", what appears on my screen is "I use abbreviations when I'm typing things."

    Learning an abbreviation system like described and using might help somebody in your situation.  It will reduce the number of keystrokes you have to make when writing.

    I even use my abbreviations when I'm taking notes on paper.  = )

    It's sort of like shorthand that you can use on a keyboard.

    Thank you for this very valuable information

    Sorry to hear of this.  Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery!

    Thanks!

    Wishing you a full and speedy recovery.

    If you have certain words that you always mistype, then you can add them to auto-correct in Word.  Otherwise, Dragon does sound like a good idea.  Good luck.  :)

    Good.  Thanks.


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    Re: I have had a stroke
    « Reply #30 on: April 21, 2016, 01:22:02 pm »
    Thank you all for your comments.  Some were heartfelt, some were inspirational.  You don't recover from a stroke.  It becomes a permanent feature of your life.  You just pray not to have another one.  And so far, I've been lucky.  May you all be lucky in life!

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    Re: I have had a stroke
    « Reply #31 on: April 21, 2016, 01:45:40 pm »
    I've used DNS off and on for about four years. I recently got this book.

    http://www.amazon.com/Writers-Guide-Training-Your-Dragon/dp/153015247X

    Based on his recommendations, I got a new mic and started a new profile. I now recommend his book and implementing his tweaks for anyone starting with Dragon or looking to improve their Dragon work ;-)

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    Re: I have had a stroke
    « Reply #32 on: April 21, 2016, 01:45:55 pm »
    Best wishes to you! Hope your mojo returns soon.

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    Re: I have had a stroke
    « Reply #33 on: April 21, 2016, 02:38:54 pm »
    Ouch!  I'm sorry for your misfortune!

    I hope you recover quickly and fully.

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    Re: I have had a stroke
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    Re: I have had a stroke
    « Reply #35 on: April 21, 2016, 06:25:00 pm »
    I'm so sorry to hear this. It sounds like you have a lot of determination, which can be very helpful. Take care of yourself.  I wish you a speedy recovery.

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    Re: I have had a stroke
    « Reply #36 on: April 21, 2016, 06:57:49 pm »
    Hudson there is a great facebook group for author who want to or already use Dragon. It is only focused on that and it's quite helpful. it's called Dragon Riders Authors Dictating http://www.facebook.com/groups/1648134245442422/

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    Re: I have had a stroke
    « Reply #37 on: April 21, 2016, 07:16:51 pm »
    Sorry to hear of your stroke and wanted to add my best wishes to your health.  I have Dragon and would agree it takes practice.

    I also wanted to mention a great documentary called Forks Over Knives which teaches how to prevent/reverse heart disease (and other diseases/high cholesterol/etc.)...not that I know what caused your stroke, but there is good info in that doc and not easily found, so might be worth a look.  I don't mean to over-step, I just know the info is not mainstream, so not easily found or known, but it can be life-changing.

    Best wishes.

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    Re: I have had a stroke
    « Reply #38 on: April 21, 2016, 07:37:37 pm »
    The life-changing affects are always there, but things do get better if you work at it, and hard. I'll never get back my 100%, but I'm shooting for it. Good luck to you too.

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    Re: I have had a stroke
    « Reply #39 on: April 21, 2016, 07:54:49 pm »
    I'm so sorry. Hope you recover quickly and have better days ahead. Hugs.

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