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Tool to make notetaking simpler (this is kinda long)

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Evening!  I've been diagnosed with PD since December 13, 2013 at the age of 49.  I am the breadwinner in the family & so far am managing.  My question tonight is about tools to help in my working day.

 

I'm right handed & of course my tremor started there  :-)  Doc is working with me on modifying meds to help with some right-sided dyskinesia, which has impacted my right hand with tight, flexed, painful positions plus I have a ganglion cyst and old damage from a broken wrist.

 

So, I'm looking for suggestions for tech can could help with note taking, as that is the task that is mainly affected right now (and I constantly need to take notes, oh, recorders are not a possibility.) 

 

I've been looking at the Bamboo Folio - if I can get my chicken scratch to a digital platform, without having to retype it I'd be way ahead, because I can review and clean up more easily.  For those days where I would inevitably be without my magic writing pad, I would love my magic writing pad to let me read my notes to it, so they could still be transcribed for upload, using something like Dragon Natural Speak.

 

Bamboo actually uses paper & a special pen, haven't spent enough time on their site to see if I could even load an app to it.

 

So, are there tablets where I could take notes even without paper & they have microphones (probably?) & I could load Dragon to it?

 

(I know I can probably train myself to use my left hand, too & that even might be good for my brain...but some cool tech might be fun & employer is good about accommodations, but they don't have an unlimited budget either.)

 

I would really appreciate any suggestions for gear or other forums that could help me with this search!  I apologize for the length of this and let me know if this should have been on another board.

 

Thanks!  Anne

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There are all sorts of voice to text apps and tools, Google assistant is a big help. Of course it doesn't help with everything, particularly when you have to take hand written notes or type, but it definitely helps with text messaging, emails, and basically anything you use your phone for.

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(1) Ergonomic keyboards;  (2) LVST Big physical therapy.  Ask your MDS about a referral.  The certified LSVT Big therapists can teach Parkinson's hands how to write with low tech gadgets like pen and paper.  To a limited extent.  It's not perfect; it's slow; but it worked amazingly well for me.

 

Futuristic fantasy: a jack in my neck by which I can connect my brain straight to a computer so I can type as I think.  A sort of Dragon NaturallySpeaking without the speaking.

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Thank you, both - Benyamin & BigRingGrinder

 

Big, I've not heard of LVST but look and there are certified trainers near me.  I should do this regardless of my handwriting (which has always been bad)

 

Benyamin, if I could link a computer to my brain it would run away screaming, methinks!

 

Anne

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