Archives for the Month of March, 2011

Amphibians

King Frog / Wellcome Images

King Frog / Wellcome Images

Here are some words that I said right after my stroke.

What I was trying to say: outpatient
What I actually said: amphibian

What I was trying to say: surgery
What I actually said: veterans

What I was trying to say: Dilantin (my seizure medication)
What I actually said: golub jamun (Indian donut)

If the words coming out of your mouth are not what you intend, who’s talking?

More on speech problems and aphasia here:
http://mindpop.net/2010/11/06/virgin-sacrifice/
http://mindpop.net/2010/11/26/aphasia/

Bling

Mughal Empress / Wellcome Images

Mughal Empress / Wellcome Images

Question: How do you put on a necklace with a complicated clasp, using just one hand?

Answer: Take the necklace to a bead store. Have them put magnets on the ends.

Cha-Ching.

Apocalypse

Apocalypse / Wellcome Images

Apocalypse / Wellcome Images

When I see so many images of chaos and destruction, it makes my problems seem terribly small. Job hunting or a messed-up hand seem trivial.

What will my future bring?

Alexander Crystal Seer 1910 / Library of Congress

Alexander Crystal Seer 1910 / Library of Congress

The crystal ball is murky at present. Will report back.

Look at my eyes

Cap 48

Cap 48

“Look at my eyes.
I said, my eyes.”

From an ad for Cap 48, a Belgian disability organization.

Glamour

Glamour / Wellcome Images
Glamour / Wellcome Images

Often it is hard to feel glamorous when you are disabled.

Sometimes it is hard to feel glamorous when you are not disabled.

Who feels glamorous?