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FINALLY! The Right Word!!


lydiacevedo

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It's been 5 months since the first stroke. I've been dealing with aphasia since and have gotten frustrated that I just couldn't seem to get the words right, even with them written and posted on the objects.

 

Well, a couple of days ago (I've been busy and haven't had a chance to write lately), I FINALLY used the correct words for the Microwave and the Dishwasher!!!!!!!!!!! happydance.gif

 

Of course, I still insist that one boils water in an iron and can't, even now, remember what it is that Sam told me was the correct name. There is still the "top fridge" and the "bottom fridge," one is colder than the other. Some other things are still not the right thing and I still get lost in my head, or can't get words out. I've also been told that I talk much slower than I used to (probably not a bad thing since I had been told that I spoke English almost as fast as I spoke Spanish). But I have obviously made some progress!

 

That makes me very happy. Not having a word, or having the wrong word has been something that bothered me greatly. I have always been lovingly referred to as "the walking thesarus." Hard to be that when you have lost words, or the ability to use them.

 

It seems like a very small thing, but I have learned that, where stroke recovery is concerned, sometimes the "smallest" things are really big things and anything that you couldn;t do yesterday, that you can do again today is a win. All wins should be celebrated.

 

On a side note,

 

People at the office are very impressed with the work that Monster and I are doing. People are starting to make appointments with me to meet at various dog parks so I can give them tips on living with their animals. Even some of the people we have met at the dog park are starting to ask me how I taught Monster to be so calm, or to do <insert trick here>.

 

It really makes me fee like I can achieve my dream of having my own training facility and specializing in service dogs. I wouldn't have even though about it before the stroke.

 

When God closes one door, he really does open a window!!

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Lydia:

 

:congrats: I am so happy for you. I agree with you 100% on all accounts. one should celebrate every small change, its good when you notice improvement, its so easy to take it for granted & not celebrate all achievements. all these gains add up togreat post stroke life. I believe in goodness of God, & believe 100% when god closes door he does open up small window, but we waste time by looking at closed door & not look at the window. I also believe life can be still great post stroke its just little different than before. We don't have to be afraid of change, change does not mean bad it just means bit different.

 

I know you will do great in this post stroke life since you have great attitude towards life.

 

Asha

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LYNN THAT IS A BIG HILL TO CROSS WHEN WE SAY THINGS CORRECTLY WHEN ITS HARDER FOR US. THATS GREAT NEWS TO HEAR FOR YOU. PATTY

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Lidi: that is wonderful news about Monster. A true example that life goes on after stroke and we are creatures of great variety and skill, we just need the time and space to discover that in our selves.

 

My Bruce is a Master's in English. Nothing is harder for him than his aphasia. It has taken 2+ years, but he finally found the word "Mailman". I toast both of you tonight. Kudos-Debbie

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