Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Barking Dog

This warrants its own blog, but I have been working on another project. This has to do with the people at Be Extraordinary.

Several months ago, Chris and I were discussing how nice it would be to have a service dog who could alert people that I have something to say. Right now, I have to move my thumb up and down to get someone’s attention. Sometimes what I was going to say is no longer relevant. Also, I might forget. Additionally, sometimes people are unable to see my thumb moving to signal I have something to say. If only I had someone or something to make a sound for me...

Enter Be Extraordinary. Chris emailed them and they first thought I wanted to acquire a canine. No, Piper is quite enough for us now. Upon further review, they found I actually want a computer piece or a switch. The new item will be known as the “Barking Dog”. One day, three people from Be Extraordinary, along with two guys affiliated with the University of Arkansas (U of A), paid me a visit. They needed to see how my thumb and pinky would work with a variety of technologies. I am now officially part of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center onAugmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC). The “Barking Dog” also happens to be the thesis project for a grad student at U of A. What I really like is that this exercise might be helpful for others who are nonverbal. It should also help me write more efficiently. 

Also, I decided to take back control of my hair. Once I told MIL, she didn’t waste any time before she was looking online for salon options. I think I might have said “I am sick of not being blonde”. After that, I sent one of my caregivers to check it out for accessibility purposes. Things like that didn’t matter before, but do now. I went to the salon as a brunette and left as a blonde. It’s as if little pieces of me are gradually coming back.
Blondie and hubby enjoy an orange popsicle.
Additionally, we are in the midst of a kitchen remodeling project. Photos forthcoming.