Savant

I was listening to NPR yesterday and they were interviewing a man that fell into a pool, got knocked out, and woke from his concussion a musical savant, having never played the piano in his life.  He said he can’t even read music, his brain just tells his fingers where they should go on the piano.

Well, another piece of life that so isn’t fair.  Christ almighty I wish that something like that happened to me after my brain injury.  What the hell?  All I got physically was a hole in my skull, a body full of muscles that don’t work right, a voice that was barely there for a few years, a dominant hand that shook to high heaven every time I tried to use it and took away my ability to write or hold a damn glass of water.  Oh, I also can’t run anymore, and could not walk well at all for the first few years.  Oh also, I had terrible PBA and couldn’t participate in a conversation.  And, twice a month I get TERRIBLE migraines that last for 3 days at a time and make me vomit.  Oh, and I want to sleep life away.  Oh, and nobody around me understood a damn thing or tried to understand.  Oh, and everything makes me dizzy.  I could say “Oh, and….” about 50 more times.

Boy, would I have loved to wake up with some inexplicable, incredible talent.  I read about a woman once that woke up after a stroke with the ability to speak another language.  That one would be cool, I wish I woke up being able to speak like 5 different languages.

Did anything like that happen to anyone?



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  1. Well… I didn’t speak with a new language exactly but when I couldn’t come up with the English word I seemed to come up with related Latin words left over from way too many science based classes. Made me sound absolutely nuts to most of the people In my world.

    “Dear… please pass the dicotyledons” (when I wanted peas at dinner)

  2. Prior to my stroke, I spoke Polish, afterward I found myself thinking in Polish; now my husband has leasrned several words and phrases so it’s a bit of a private language. I also made up words: for example “witliner’ was a particular type of shoe I wanted, so my poor family spent a lot of time looking for this shoe for me which of course did not exist. I too had PBA but it resolved itself with time.Although when I returned to my senior executive job after my stroke, it made things very interesting for a while.

    • Haha! I’m sure I made up a few words over the years. I’m so relieved I can work from home. The PBA wouldn’t let me work in an office. It’s very isolating.

  3. I ‘woke up’ (never lost consciousness…only gained) with a new profound love of my body, and a sincere desire to honor it. Cerebellum stroke May 2015.. with some residual stuff…mostly body heat dysregulation and equilibrium issues. I feel very blessed to only have that…

  4. I wish. As far as I can tell is that it let Tom ease up on the “no more pets” rule we’d agreed to, so I got my dog – the only good thing I got out of having a stroke. Oh, and … proof of Tom’s unconditional devotion. Oh, and… I got out of a very toxic work situation, something i’d Have never done on my own.

  5. The stroke got me out of a very toxic relationship, but I would have eventually done that on my own. Somehow, weirdly the stroke gave me the strength and confidence to do it sooner, which makes no sense.

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