January 11, 2004
Stupid speaking

I’ve spent most of this afternoon dazed and confused. Sometimes my migraines manifest themselves as an inability to speak coherently. It’s as if my brain forgets how to put the words in order. I sound like I’m speaking in patois:

Eating where?
Friends invite to dinner out?
Maybe have home foods.

Often when my scrambled verbal state arises, I have to puzzle out the steps to do things, too. As I sat down to write this, I asked myself out loud “How do I blog?” Then answered aloud, “Press the button, then click the word, and then fill in the writing.” OK. Got it.

Oddly, though, I can write just as well as usual. I have no trouble remembering the words when they are coming out of my fingers. Editing is a little bit more difficult, though. Must be different parts of my brain that control writing and speaking. Weird, huh?

Posted by kuri at January 11, 2004 07:28 PM


poor you, my sincere sympathy-it must be absolute hell .
my best friend suffers from migraines too;
have you tried accupuncture - it works for some people.
get well soon .

Posted by: axel on January 11, 2004 10:30 PM

Owww. I really feel for you. I occasionally have migraines. Mine always go the same way. I get a blind spot. Then I panic and try to get home as quickly as possible before I get nauseous and vomit. After that there are about 10 minutes where I feel ok (the calm before the storm). Then the pounding in my head starts. At that point I pretty much cannot do anything except try to go to sleep. I used to have them during elementary school and they subsided in HS, then I didn’t have one for about 15 years until it just started up again…

Posted by: Barron on January 14, 2004 06:49 AM

hehe - the verbal spoonerisms hit me as well. Its actually funny trying to teach when I feel one coming on (luckily they rarely escalate into an actual migraine) and everything comes out backwards. I swear my students come out of the class musing, “huh? what was up with that?”

Posted by: Kinki on January 14, 2004 04:04 PM
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