Sunday, February 26, 2017

Read Me the Screen

I use the desktop and laptop computers due to my disabilities. I do not use a phone.

Recently, it was brought to my attention that someone had age related difficulties reading their phone. This  problem will be universal. (A lot of people have eyesight issues as they get older.)

I have low-vision. I have a feeling this is why I fell between the cracks. I have used screen readers on my computers. A screen reader program will read out loud what is on the screen. I thought that it would be nice to have this feature on the phone (especially for people that get older).

I looked, and it is there!

This looks like a free app for the android phone.
From looking at this, the iPhone has something installed.

The iPhone also has a magnifier as well as a screen reader according to the above link.  On the computer, if screen reader isn't set up, there is a shortcut to magnify text. Just hit CNTL +. To make small is CNTL -. To reset the whole thing is CNTL 0.

I cannot give the following review, but another user does, 

As a partially sighted person I can highly recommend iPhones if for nothing else than its voice recognition and command system "Siri". You can open apps, set alarms and reminders and dictate your messages using Siri. It even answers questions.

Importantly, the iOS spell checker is infinitely more accurate than the Android one.

Apple devices do have accessibility options including screen magnifiers but most apps are not designed to work properly when the device is in accessibility mode.

I also use an app called BigFont to increase the text size beyond the limited effect of the iOS font size settings.

Finally I would never go back to anything smaller than an iPhone 6+.
The BigFont app is what I use on my android tablet - not my iPhone.
               - Jeff Hall 

I just happen to use a large font, because a reader requested it. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Communicating With the Dead

Even if my diagnosis is not changed, I will not seek change through court order. Why? Think about this for a minute... Communicating with the dead is big business. That diagnosis has me as severely brain impaired. I was brain dead. People can now communicate with me. That's communicating with the brain dead.

If my diagnosis is changed, I was brain impaired by diagnosis. There's no changing that. 

I started working on my Near Death Experience (NDE) years ago. I've already made the necessary contacts.  You can't change that I was very near death. That diagnosis just leaves me there.

Very clear are these posts. A hallmark of the NDE is clear thinking. The NDE is a big area of research. "CONCLUSIONS: The mystical consciousness and higher mental activity during NDEs, when the brain is severely impaired, challenge current models of brain/mind interaction and may occasionally lead to more complete models for the understanding of consciousness."

I don't have much to report during my initial stages of brain injury, but I have tons in the latter. This essay is in the latter. By reading this, you, the reader, are communicating with a severely brain impaired person.

A person who communicates with the dead:

It is odd, but I have a lot of those attributes now.

Changing my diagnosis won't make much difference to me. It does to researchers here in the medical field. I'm in a coma by current definition. The vegetative state was made a coma. I am vegetative. That means I am not conscious. I can't give consent to be studied. Services to the vegetative are drastically cut. Besides no therapy is no research.

I will go forward in NDE. The life-style isn't too shabby.  I've already been talked about in a different on-line radio program. There will be more.

I know I'm mentioned in this at 7:16. My name is also at the beginning on the second page at a few seconds in:

I'm not looking out for me regarding this change. I'm already taken care of. No, I am looking out for the scientists, researchers, and survivors of brain injury. A researcher once commented on my selfless disposition. I believe that quality can be attributed to the NDE. It may be number 13 of  "13. More loving, caring for others." It may be because I am still brain impaired. Maybe I am gullible. Whatever the reason, people can communicate with a real live once brain dead person! Like I said, I may charge an entrance fee to my house.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

No Phone Number

FYI, Amazon doesn't have a customer service phone number. After much frustration with their website, I did a search for their phone number. (By the way speech, if you want a consumer to talk, have Amazon lose their order.)

I searched their number. After more pages and clicking "No" to DID THIS INFORMATION HELP, it gave me a page to enter MY phone number. I did. Soon my phone rang.

I told my problem. The customer service person said we had a bad connection. (Damn speech!) I cleared my throat and did it again.

She refunded my order and gave me a $20 store credit. $20 was my time and frustration. All that time was spent looking for their phone number!

A person who had a serious injury has to go on and live. I passed the test of Amazon customer service and got a refund and a credit. If customer service can understand me, why can't the government?


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Confirming My Existence

This gets hard. If a person puts in my social security number, he or she is told that all I say is not possible. The person with that number is unconscious.

The best that can be done is to contact Neuroscience News because they have done all this footwork just trying to get me medical services, or to contact the original reporter who wrote for the local newspaper on me.
[The reporter, Mike Tharp, and the music therapist, David Snellbacher, both have Facebook accounts and have been contacted through here. Click their names for links to their accounts.]

I don't think much has happened in the area of regaining consciousness since this featured patient died:

This man was in care. He was easily verified through the nursing home. That can't happen with me. (This is terrible, because if any other patient makes it out of care, that person dies at home and no one knows. That actually happened to a girl that was at the hospital I was last at.) I'm currently not in care anymore. I was for 4 years. [I think this is another clue, because you just don't easily get out of supervised medical care.]

It is very unusual that I write. It's also unusual that I can do my own medical care. It's unusual I have so much scientific knowledge. Then there's digging in my past...I played piano at an early age. I took advanced placement classes. I left high school at 16 and had a BA at 19. (Medical professionals are now going to say savant syndrome.)

Here's a big problem. I am unconscious. Savant syndrome can't be looked at. [For doctors who want to give me that, I would have to be diagnosed conscious first.] There will be legal problems with changing my diagnosis. There will be legal problems for not changing my diagnosis. Damned if you do, and damned if you don't. Choose the lesser evil? How about, 'just go with the truth.'