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    Hi Dee,

    It's obviously painful for you to think of sis-in-law's last few years, but sounds like she did what she wanted to do. Some people are content to keep a low profile and rarely go out; I suppose it's a coping mechanism mixed with the practicality of actually planning a trip out. But don't beat yourself up over the last few years! You're there for her now, that's what counts.
    So many of us have had really close friends fall out of contact with us. The fact that you write to her and make the long trip to see her, massage her hands and tell her you love her is truly heartwarming.
    Whatever happens, happens; much of it is up to her. She is lucky to have you.

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    Hi Dee,

    Try to get in contact with the nearest branch of MNDA to where your SIL lives. You can search on the main page for branch locations. She may agree to go to their meetings for support and information. If not they will have association visitors AV's who do home visits. I find the meetings invaluable and the support is both financial (funding for equipment) and morale boosting.

    I would recommend the branch meetings to everyone be they carers or patients. I suggest for the first visit to take a friend or relative.

    Best wishes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    Hi Ellie and Steve,

    I won't wash my mouth out as I believe that use two cheat. I think that you use a switch or two as well.

    Love Terry
    Listen Beardy,

    I don't use switches, just eye gaze. The "hover" or "dwell" function is set at a fast rate, so as soon as I dwell on a letter or icon, it clicks.

    Love Chimp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellie View Post
    Listen Beardy,

    I don't use switches, just eye gaze. The "hover" or "dwell" function is set at a fast rate, so as soon as I dwell on a letter or icon, it clicks.

    Love Chimp.
    Same for me.
    sorry about the absence of caps in my posts, my shift key is broken.

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    OK Chimp;

    Haven't you got any other tune, please don't "Dwell" and hover over this one subject.

    I can have a mouth wash later in the shower, just hope my jaw doesn't click.

    Love from your beardy friend.

    PS:- It's good to know that eye gaze works so well.
    Last edited by Terry; 23rd February 2016 at 21:49. Reason: spelling
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    I'm defiantly reporting you to the social Steve; (As you should be out working and not claiming benefits, LOL)

    20 words a min without other switches.

    I'll wash my mouth out twice then. Is mouth wash OK as soap isn't so nice.

    Love Terry
    Last edited by Terry; 23rd February 2016 at 21:56. Reason: Just to clarify things a bit
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    Referring to eye-gaze, discussion of its goodness is pointless because everything depends on the quality of voluntary control of the eye muscles and eye lids, it is excellent if you are fortunate enough to have good eye muscles. We have used the same system as Stephen Hawking. We tried it but had to give up; he uses a proximity detector on his spectacles which detects when he blinks. Sadly my wife's blinking is totally involuntary making a nonsense of any signals that she gives. The actual mapping of her eyes is very good but the lateral and vertical movements of her eyes have become increasingly difficult to control. If you visit my blog at mndexperience.blogspot.co.uk you can see other ideas. We have been through a large range of software and switches, all useful but eventually redundant due to the progress of the disease We have been reduced to the Megabee or a frequency chart. The megabee is now even more difficult because her eye movements are full of errors because it requires both side to side and up and down added to the fact that she cant hold her eye lids open long enough.
    I have now gone back to a program I was using with switches. That is "Write online" by CRICK software. I use it with the excellent frequency keyboard in conjunction with the word prediction, which works really well. I have to manually scan with the mouse and often have to verbalise because the reduced eye movement forces a long delay as she tries to read what is on the screen. Since her eye movements are almost totally involuntary now her eyes lock onto whatever she is looking at, so I have to sit opposite her and wave a torch to unlock her eyes. It is very slow process but it does work with very few errors and her face lights up when the word she wants pops up on the predictor.
    I am appalled that anyone can be so rude on a forum as important as this. If the cap fits wear it !! My very best wishes to everyone else.

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    Hi Mr Blossom I am not sure who was rude, but maybe they have been frustrated with eye-gaze. Dude

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    Hi Blossom;

    Thanks for your very informative post as it's so nice to have the alternatives if Eye gaze doesn't work for some reason.

    Nothing on this thread was meant to be rude in any way. It is a very important subject and thread, especially for me as I might well be there soon. I was so impressed that both Ellie and Steve could manage about 20 words per minute using it.

    Not being able to communicate is BAD, and I'm pleased that you have found a way that is reliable, albeit vary slow. I have witnessed two Mnd people that could not communicate first hand and it is horrible.

    It is so good that you have worked through things to find the best solution that you can as others only have a SALT and carers to help them.

    I am sorry if anyone found my posts rude in any way, I have been having banter with Ellie and Steve for quite a while.

    I have edited two posts, one because the key board predictor did not write the spelling right and one to help clarify what was meant by the post.

    Kind regards, Terry
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    Blossom,
    Nobody was being rude - it was banter amongst friends.
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