Shut up

I forget a whole lot about those first 6 months after the stroke, it’s insanely blurry but last week I was reminded of something that even at the time when it happened I remember thinking that it was hilarious and I also remember thinking “why in Sam Hell did that just happen?”  What does that expression mean?  Sam Hell.  I was in physical therapy a few months after stroke day and she had me doing an exercise where I had to grab cones.  It took me literally like 5 minutes to grab one cone and it was so frustrating that I wanted to scream but also couldn’t scream at the time and I just wanted to kill everyone.  So I was doing this exercise and concentrating like hell on grabbing these stupid ass cones and I was so angry inside and I said “shut up.”  That was not directed in any way at my therapist.  I loved her.  She hadn’t even said anything.  I don’t even know why that came out of my mouth.  I can’t believe I’ve never written about this before, I laughed about this for months.  I said “shut up” out of nowhere and my PT said “did you just say shut up?” and looked bewildered.  You’d think a PT that works in neuro rehab would be used to her brain-damaged patients saying all kinds of meaningless, weird stuff but who knows?

I’m telling you, I had ZERO control over what came out of my mouth, zero.  Sometimes what I said didn’t even closely resemble what was in my head and sometimes things would come out of my mouth that – just came out.  I wasn’t even planning to say anything but my mouth and vocal cords had a mind of their own.  Now they match up, I think.  I hope they do.

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Categories: Brain stuff, Recovery, Stroke stuff

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5 replies

  1. I have to tell you, those cat pics crack me up! 🙂

  2. Sam Hill (not hell) is a replacement word for he’ll, in exactly the context you used it.

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