My grandson Arthur asked me today, “Why don’t you talk normal?”
I didn’t take as a personal affront because he’s only four. So I explained to him that I’d had a brain attack and so I couldn’t speak properly. He asked: “Does it hurt?”
I answered no.
But then I got thinking about it and yes, Arthur, it does hurt.
Not being able to communicate effectively does hurt – psychologically.
It hurts trying to find the words when you need them. I swear I would struggle trying to find the words HELP if I was under duress.
It hurts trying to find the words to tell someone about emotions I’m experiencing.
It hurts having to search for words. My brain allows only one at time to come out – kind of like a parking lot barrier, keeping words inside until each has been paid for emotionally.
But to answer your next question Arthur, and there is always a next question –
No, I don’t need a plaster for it.
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