Oct 30, 2004

Great things have happened since the last time I wrote. We finally broke a huge barrier when it comes to Jenny using the computer. Her vision has been good enough to do most things, except read. She has been working a mouse better each and every day, but not able to read print. We finally hooked up a computer to a large screen tv to see how she could do. Right away, she checked her e-mail and cried. She wrote a message to me, and cried. She wrote a message to her parents, and cried. They were all really good cries. Her typing skills are limited, but she can hunt and peck a couple sentences before exhausting herself. The whole process is still not perfect, but it works for us.

For those who write to Jenny’s own e-mail address, there are a few things that will help her see better. Type in a bold, all caps, larger font (at least 18), and make sure to double space lines. Double spacing is the biggest thing she needs to see since it gets all jumbled up with her blurry vision. I wanted her to write on this web page, but she was worried that people would think that she was more capable than she actually is. So, just so everyone knows- Jenny still struggles with the most basic tasks and needs assitance with almost every thing a person does. With that said, I hope to convince her to write at some time.

Outpatient therapy is wonderful! She ended up with a different speech therapist who is perfect for Jenny. Jenny most likely went as far with homebased therapy as was possible, so this was a good move at a good time.

2 comments

  1. GREAT JOB JENNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I AM SO PROUD OF YOU. YOU ARE DOING GREAT. I AM SURE THAT LIKE MYSELF, MANY OF US WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU . YOU ARE VWERY INSPIRING. I AM SO GLAD THAT YOU FOUND A SPEECH THERAPIST THAT IS PERFECT FOR YOU. THAT CHEMISTRY IS CRUCIAL TO GOOD PROGRESS.KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!!
    GOD BLESS
    IN LOVE AND FAITH
    JANET

  2. Hey, that’s great news, Mark!

    Since I know you have a Mac, have you tried the “Zoom” feature that’s built in to Mac OS X? It might help make things easier for Jenny to read. You can zoom in quite a bit; it’s like the whole screen becomes a magnifying glass. Moving the mouse moves you around the screen, keeping you zoomed in. It might be helpful with the vision issues.

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