I'd go with a thin USB based CD optical drive too.
http://www.buslink.com/p_cat1.asp?catID=74


I'd say forget about the monitor and get a pair of LCD glasses for the screen.
http://displays.engadget.com/entry/1234000373039027/
[img]http://img.engadget.com/common/images/4978754764353954.JPG?0.9299619003367796[/img]

Also I'd do a 1-hand keyboard from Frogpad
http://www.frogpad.com/