Archives for the Month of June, 2015

Light

Lamp / Library of Congress

Lamp / Library of Congress

There is a light switch on the wall next to my baby’s changing table. He has just discovered what it does and he tries to make it work each time we are there. He is working on controlling his fingers. So am I.

Up and down. Up and down. On and off. On and off….

Aware

Scream / Library of Congress

Scream / Library of Congress

Aphasia is an impairment of language and communication. I had it severely right after my stroke. My friends remember me saying sentences like “munch yellow old.” A scary time.

This month is National Aphasia Awareness Month. Do you have stories to share?

Party

Sweat Pants / Library of Congress

Sweat Pants / Library of Congress

Soon after my brain surgery, I snuck out of the hospital to go to a party. I wore the only fashionable gear I had in the ward: sweat pants.

Do you have hospital fashion stories?

Frustration

Rat / Wellcome Images

Rat / Wellcome Images

True frustration is when language leaves. Right after my stroke, I remember staring at a word printed on a page. I had forgotten how to pronounce it. I couldn’t remember what sound the first letter made. How do you say “R?” The word was “rat.”

Anyone with similar frustration stories?

Phone Call

Liberty / Library of Congress

Liberty / Library of Congress

My words after my stroke were very odd. At the hospital, I meant to say “phone call.” I said “fingernail.”

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

Got strange words to report?

Other strange words I said….