Since I embarked on this journey of having a brain injury (not sure this trip would be overly popular on last minute.com!) my tastes in entertainment and intellectual stimulation have dramatically changed. Following a complicated plot in a film or book is beginning to be nigh on impossible these days. This is a bit of a worry as I belong to two bookclubs and would really miss the wine ummm sorry the intellectual chat about the plot.
One thing that hasn’t changed though is my intelligence. Mensa haven’t been in touch yet but I do still have a brain and I am actually quite bright if I do say so myself. It is the most frustrating thing in the world when people assume your intelligence went out the window with the rest of the damage. Yes I admit I do get things muddled at times . I am blond and from Essex so I put that down to my roots. I may even go to the point that I know more these days as I enjoy non fiction and documentarys over sci Fi etc. You would be taking a huge risk putting me on your quiz team but I am full of surprises!
A very funny experience (for me and not my mum) was when she was in hospital this year. She is obviously no spring chicken but there is a few years left in her yet. Mum was labeled as an elderly person who was slow to understand so they would talk to her very slowly and loudly in very basic language. Whilst quite amusing to watch this does introduce a serious point that because someone is labeled ie disabled, elderly etc it does not mean they have necessarily lost their ability to think.
It would be lovely to get away with murder (obviously only in the literary sense!) and have the excuse that I have a brain injury but I do still have my marbles. They may not always roll in the right direction and yes there are a couple missing but I am made of solid stuff so am not to be underestimated x
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Just brilliant writing! So completely true and hopefully lots of people will read this and change the way they regard “different” people in their lives?????
Very different and very inspiring for people (like me with Broca’s aphasia). The difficulty is with the other people in the world, who are in charge of the world.
I am Tam’s mum! Your comment made me chuckle. You ladies are so brave at seeing the funny side of an hideous condition.x
Read your blog with interest. Although not a brain injury – I have a brain tumour diagnosed in 2001. Almost came to think I was ‘over it’ when I had strange things happening in my life earlier this year, only to be diagnosed with a recurrence!!! I also live in Gt Totham.
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Hi Jenny, lovely to hear from you. Really pleased you have seen the blog x