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  •  My worst nightmare! (10+ / 0-)

    To me, communication is so much the essence of humanity that it is hard to imagine what it means to be unable to communicate.
    The father of a good friend - a very vigorous 90 year old man - recently had a stroke that has left him with the worst aphasia I've ever personally seen.  He understands fine, has only moderate movement issues, but is entirely unable to form words in any way - no speech, no writing, no using a letter board, no nothing - incoherent sounds is it.  The thinking is all there, just not the communicating.  Absolutely maddening - for him most of all, but also for all those close to him.  He's still working with speech therapy, and there are little glimmers of progress, but soooo slow.  
    I think I'd take most any physical disability over aphasia.

    "Wouldn't you rather vote for what you want and not get it than vote for what you don't want - and get it?" Eugene Debs. "Le courage, c'est de chercher la verite et de la dire" Jean Jaures

    by Chico David RN on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 04:28:20 PM PST

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