My Voice

This morning I went to Rite Aid and a worker there asked me if he could help me find anything.  A little later I was sitting on my front porch with my dog and my neighbor walked by and asked if he could pet my dog.  Then he asked me my name and stuff.  I realized that in both of these situations that those people would have NO idea my voice was off.  I mean I don’t think I sound normal by any means, especially in a long conversation, but in these instances it wasn’t obvious at all.  I’ve been told multiple times that I sound like I have an accent from the Midwest.  So I guess I don’t sound nearly as bad as I think I do.  I think the opera lessons are already helping.



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15 replies

  1. That is my biggest fear.i do most of my communicating by email, text, or Facebook now because I do not want people I know to hear my voice. I have trouble mostly with words that start with F for some reason. What is really hard,is when I know what I want to say but can’t get the words out and it turns into a mild stutter or just the wrong word comes out. It has been four weeks now since my cerebellar stroke. I finally got up the courage to talk to my best friend, who lives 2700 miles away, on the phone for the first time last week. I heard the mistakes and the stutters through the whole conversation. He, of course, was an angel and just said he didn’t notice it because he was so happy to be talking to me again and that it wasn’t as noticeable as I think it is.
    Thank you forgoing this blog. You’re a true inspiration.

    • It’ll get way, way better. I used to talk to my best friend on the phone almost everyday and after the stroke I think it was about 3 months before I got up the courage to call her. So you’re already ahead of me! I have the most trouble with word that begin with ‘L.’

  2. That’s great!!! I think the signing will be really helpful. This made me laugh though because everyone always has and still does ask me where I’m from. They ask Midwest? Texas? Born n raised in Socal. It’s an ongoing joke with my husband, he thinks I have an accent too. Go figure.

  3. My “regular accent” is quite amusing, unlike my slurred, drunk sounding “stroke accent”. That was horrible. The singing really helped me, hope it works for you too.

  4. Amy, It will depend on how tired you are too when called upon to use your voice. I know when tired, I have extreme difficulty finding words and pronouncing them correctly which causes my deaf husband to ask, “What did you say?” because he reads lips.

    My granddaughter who saw me in the hospital constantly tells me how normal I’m sounding these days. Although I’m not hearing it. I’ve found the more I use my voice the better I’m getting.

  5. Hi Cuz. I think your voice sounded really good when I saw you last. People think I have a southern or Midwestern accent all the time. It has less to do with a stroke and everything to do with being from Pittburgh 🙂 Miss ya!

  6. Awesome! So happy for you, Amy. Zack is more intelligible every day. When you’ve been SUPER low, there’s only one way to go…right!?

  7. My minproble is that I don’t get enough air into my diaphram to sound “normal” and I end up shouting! I love my old voice, and every once in a while I’ll fire up my old outgoing message!

    • I tried that too that but I got a new phone right before the stroke and apparently my voicemail message was deleted. 😦 So I have no way of hearing my old voice. :/

    • I used to have strangers tell me my Midwestern accent made me sound. Like I was Canadian despite the fact that I lacked the “eh” or the “o” that our neighbors to the North tend to have ( not making fun, I used to take lots of phone calls from Canada

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