Testing… One… Two… Three.
Having recently installed Dragon speech recognition software, I am now trying to figure out how to blog using Dragon. I had thought I would have to dictate into another box and then copy and paste my dictation into WordPress but that doesn’t seem to be the case! Looks like I can dictate directly.
Now comes the hard part. Now I have to learn how to “write” verbally instead of using my hands and arms and fingers. The words don’t flow quite as easily somehow. But I think that will improve with time.
Last Friday, we visited the pulmonary doctor and were given the results of my overnight oximetry test. There was much improvement due to the use of my BiPAP machine. (Surprise! I just dictated BiPAP and Dragon got it right! Yippee!) So it looks like the machine is helping a great deal with my breathing at night. We had to bring it along to the appointment and they took out the SD card and downloaded the data. I was given an A for compliance. They had a printout of the data on the card showing what days it was used and for how long. Kind of creepy, huh?
I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately. Not surprisingly several of the books I’ve recently read have to do with near-death experiences, or NDE’s. Currently I am reading “Proof of Heaven” by Dr. Eben Alexander, a fascinating account of the neurosurgeon’s journey into the afterlife during a serious illness and coma. Dr. Alexander writes how he had drifted away from his faith prior to this experience. I have read several other accounts of NDE’s and the fascinating thing is their similarity to each other. Almost every writer struggles to find words for sights, sounds, and feelings that are, well, indescribable. Words seem completely inadequate to describe their experiences. I have not yet finished Dr. Alexander’s book and I am enjoying reading his account from the scientist’s point of view. The doctor writes how he had never read any books about near-death experiences before his own medical crisis. No need, he thought, because he simply “knew” it was not possible. Having listened politely to accounts from patients of what they saw and experienced during a traumatic brain event and attributing each of these to the workings of a brain compromised by illness or injuries, he now finds himself experiencing something firsthand and realizing it is real. More real, in fact, than anything he’s ever known. He describes, (and this is where it’s very, very similar to other accounts) an overwhelming sense of powerful love. Such love could only come from the Creator.
Previously I had read the story of a small boy’s journey to Heaven and back in “Heaven is For Real” by Todd Burpo. It’s an amazing story that emphasizes how much we are loved. So loved! And another equally inspiring book is “To Heaven and Back” by Dr. Mary Neal, another doctor involved in a near-death experience. And again: Love. Pure and powerful love.
Some may think that all this reading about near-death experiences might be a little morbid. But I find these books encouraging and even somewhat exciting. As a Christian I am naturally curious about where I will be someday. ALS simply means that I may get there sooner than I expected. I look forward to the day when we will all be together in that glorious place!
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us
and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
1 John 4:10
I have a confession to make. This post has been mostly dictated in Dragon, however I have had to go back and edit here and there. Either because Dragon misunderstood what I was saying and I didn’t catch it right away or because I made some revisions. So this post has been written in two ways: dictation and my trusty “two-pencil” method!
so Training my Dragon will continue. I am dictating this paragraph without looking at screen so I can see just how well Dragon does in interpreting my voice . with the thing ? how does it do ?
Hmmm… Well, not so hot. The last two questions were supposed to be “what do you think? “and “how did it do?”
Looks like my Dragon and I have some work to do! No worries! We’ll get there.
Have a great weekend, everyone!