About a Quadriplegic Writer

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Greetings everybody,

What can I say about myself?

I am partially paralyzed and bedridden. Why? 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 quadriparetic 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 enables you to control the mouse pointer on your computer screen just by moving your head. 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. 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 can almost control the computer with my Camera Mouse setup.

Earlier, I did mention that I do computer graphics. This will be a good time for me to promote this part of my online business. So, if you are in need of any graphic service please check out my website and portfolio of the link below. Let me show you what I can do.

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https://jqgraphix.page4.me/

 

What else have I been doing?

CG-book-cover-wAmazingly enough, I find that being somewhat paralyzed had actually made me more creative in writing. So, though I cannot use my fingers on the keyboard, I do however use a combination of a voice program and an on-screen keyboard. With a little discipline and time, since you can only type so fast on an on-screen keyboard, I managed to finish my first fiction novel.

 

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