About a One-Clicker

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Greetings everybody,

I’m a ONE-CLICK writer and graphic artist.

I am paralyzed and bedridden.  In October 2015, I was admitted in the hospital because of incredible pain in my lower extremities and loss of motor functions. The doctors said my spine was being compressed. I underwent three difficult operations and was in the hospital for four months. Though the operation was successful, the damage to my spine had still rendered me quadriplegic which means muscle weakness affecting all four limbs. Add this with my post polio condition, I am essentially stuck in bed.

I thank the Lord for the internet.

You see, I am a people person and the Internet is now the only place where I can stay in touch with friends and meet new people.

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Strings & Velcro hold mouse in place.

However, there were still some challenges that had to be met. One of them was, how was I to manipulate the mouse control of my laptop without the use of my hands?! By the Lord’s grace, I actually found a free software developed by graduate students of Boston University that was just perfect for my needs. It is called the Camera Mouse. It is a program that tracks my head movements.  It has been a lifesaver for me. The program is very good but it still had limitations especially since I was a computer graphic artist and writer. Fortunately, I still had some mobility in my left thumb. So with a little ingenuity using Velcro and a tennis wristband, I manage to have an old optical mouse strapped on my left hand so that my thumb can press the left clicker.

I was so happy when I became able to control the computer with my Camera Mouse setup.  CG-book-cover-wImplementing an old version of Photoshop, I have discovered my love for sketching. Every week, I put out a digital sketch rendering and post it in Facebook.

I’m also doing a lot more writing as a ‘one-clicker’. How do I type without hands? I use an onscreen keyboard clicking one key at a time. It’s slow going but I managed to complete my first fiction novel that is published in Amazon.

This is what I am going to focus on. My discipline will be to write short articles in my blog while I work on my next book.

Let us see.

Johann Quisumbing

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