Saturday, May 30, 2015

‘M’ is for Mop

Amy Shissler
My Cerebellar Stroke Recovery
August 8, 2013

I was reminded of something yesterday that I couldn’t do in the hospital. Now, I couldn’t do a whole hell of a lot of stuff when I was in the hospital but for whatever reason it REALLY pissed me off that I was unable to do this test and it has stuck with me. The test was…..pick a letter of the alphabet and say all the words that you can think of that begin with that letter. I couldn’t do it. I would come up with 1 or 2 words. I forget what the goal is, I think 11 words in a minute. I don’t know, I can’t remember. 11 words really? That doesn’t seem like a lot. You know, I bring up a good point. :) Eleven words is so very, very abnormal for me but it would’ve been considered ‘normal’ had I gotten 11. They taught us in PT school – you know what maybe they didn’t, maybe this is something I’ve learned since school – that you always need to ask the patient “is that normal FOR YOU?” No one asked me that, ever. With brain injuries it’s a little different because what’s normal for you is forever changed now but – I don’t know.

Ok I just did this with the letter ‘t.’ I got 19. It would’ve been more if I could type with 2 hands, I should’ve given myself a little more time for pecking at the keyboard with one hand.

Tab, tap, tan, talk, tip, tint, taunt, tent, temperature, tell, Teflon, the, test, taste, tack, take, tame, tackle, time

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