Archives for the Month of December, 2013

Angry II

Cordova Hospital / Wellcome Images

Cordova Hospital / Wellcome Images

At my rehab hospital, the nurses had a name for a particular brand of patient: “STB,” for Stupid Teenage Boy. The hospital tended to get more of these during the summer, when school let out. I had my stroke in the summer, so I had a prime seat to this phenomenon. For example, there was a guy, drunk with friends in a beach town, thought it would be funny if he jumped off a trolley while it was still moving. So he jumped…and landed on his head. I was annoyed at him, because he could have avoided everything — hospital, therapy —  if he had not been an STB.

I’m not angry at him anymore.

Have you ever been angry at a fellow patient?

 

 

Angry

Hospital / Wellcome Images

Hospital / Wellcome Images

One of my roommates in the hospital was a woman who had a stroke because she had stopped taking her medication for high blood pressure. (High blood pressure is one of the most common causes of strokes.) She was a nice lady, but I remember being annoyed at her, because she could have avoided everything — stroke, hospital, therapy — if she had simply taken her pills.

I’m not angry at her anymore.

I bet she takes her meds now.

Have you ever been angry at a fellow patient?

Stereotypes

Photographer / Library of Congress

Photographer / Library of Congress

Check out this link I call Stock Photo Stereotype! My favorite under “disabled” is “Mentally disabled woman has an idea and smiles!” Click here!

Communication

Horn / Library of Congress

Horn / Library of Congress

Various artists have named themselves Aphasia:

1) A Swedish rock band, from småland, växjö
2) An alternative rock band formed in Burlingame California
3) An all-girl Japanese hard rock/heavy metal band
4) A black/death metal band formed in Québec
5) A french artist producing hard/dark electronic tunes
6) A Taiwanese post-rock band
7) An alternative rock band formed in London, Ontario
8) A hardcore punk/crust band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Do they know that aphasia is a problem of communication?

Mannequins

A Swiss disability organization designed a series of mannequins using models with disabilities.

Title: “Because who is perfect?”