Archives for the Month of November, 2011

Stockings

Stockings / Library of Congress

Stockings / Library of Congress


At the hospital where I was an inpatient, they were worried about my circulation and leg clots, since I was mostly prone. They had me wearing elastic thigh-highs. These were not sexy. The medical stockings were white, with a horizontal weave that made me look like a mummy. I was so skinny that they wouldn’t stay up and bunched up around my knees.

Pantaloons

Pantaloons / Library of Congress

Pantaloons / Library of Congress

A few months after my stroke, my speech was better. Then the problem was not understanding but getting words out of my head. My speech therapist played lots of word games: “Think of all the clothing that starts with a ‘P’…” Pants. Parka……Pantaloons?

Books

Be Kind to Books Club / Library of Congress

Be Kind to Books Club / Library of Congress


Because I had to spend so much time in the gym at first, I began to listen to recorded books there to pass the time. Soon I had rules about this art form:

1) Technical books that benefit from charts and graphs, or that you might secretly skim here or there, like Guns, Germs and Steel, are not good recorded books.
2) Most authors are not good as narrators, and should hand over their books to actors to read.
3) An exception is John le Carré, who narrates in a deep sexy cadence.

Lightning Bugs

Lightning / Wellcome Images

Lightning / Wellcome Images

“The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” – Mark Twain

Sounds like aphasia, when the wrong words pop out of your mouth? At the hospital I wanted to say “sugar pops.” I said “chickenpox.”