Archives for the Month of July, 2011

Questions

Question / Library of Congress

Question / Library of Congress


During the nineteenth century there was a lively debate: Should a speechless man be allowed to make a will?

What did it mean when the words popping out of my mouth were not what I intended?

Can you trust what I say to you now?

Wrong Word

Woman After Bath / Library of Congress

Woman After Bath / Library of Congress


After brain surgery, a nurse’s assistant thought I was only 19. I tried to make a joke.

I wanted to say, “The surgery has taken away my wrinkles.”

I said, “The surgery has taken away my nipples.”

Cane

Dancing with Cane / Library of Congress

Dancing with Cane / Library of Congress


In the hospital, I had to use a cane to get around. I couldn’t stand it. If you have only one working hand, a cane uses up your ability to hold things.

An artist friend offered to paint the cane, but I wanted to get rid of it, not prettify it.

Physical therapists said I could stop using the cane soon after.

Goodbye cane. Won’t miss you.

Reading

Reading / Wellcome Images

Reading / Wellcome Images

Right after my stroke it was very hard to read. Letters swam around and disappeared.

Lines

Waiting in Line / Wellcome Images

Waiting in Line / Wellcome Images

Early after my stroke, it was hard for me to wait in line. I barged into an office without knocking.

Now I have splendid manners.

Headband

Headband / Library of Congress

Headband / Library of Congress

Odd lost language: I was describing a terry cloth headband. It came out teriyaki headband.

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

Fireworks

Fireworks / Library of Congress

Fireworks / Library of Congress

I had my brain surgery at the end of June. The night of July 4th, I watched the Independence Day fireworks from the roof deck of the hospital. The display seemed to go on forever. In reality, it was just a few minutes. My sense of time was changed.