Update on my speech issues……

So last week….was it really only last week 😳🙄…..I wrote about my speech problems, caused, by what I thought at the time, by not trundling and talking all day long; through the long silences that now exist in my life because I live alone……

If you missed it you can read it here:

https://whichmeamitoday.wordpress.com/2020/03/26/an-unexpected-consequence-of-this-strange-world/

I really did think my slurred difficult speech was due to this strange world we find ourselves in….

Well yes, in part it is affecting it that way, as I struggle more with word finding, but 2 days after writing the above blog my speech returned almost back to normal waffling. More importantly, my head cleared to work out why it had all happened…..

We now think I had another mini stroke, only I wasn’t able to realise it at the time. Because I couldn’t see my nurse daughter in person, I convinced her it was due to not being out and about speaking so much. But I also realised I’d woken with the tell tale drooping face as well, but hadn’t connected them together and thought I’d just slept awkwardly on that side of my face 🙄🙈😂….

Once my brain was back in order I could fit the pieces together. According to my blog it’s only a month since I had the last mini episode in London….gosh that seems like an eternity ago now 😳…..

 You might think I should have sought medical advice…well it was the first thing my daughters said too 🙄…but in fact, a Gp surgery is out at the mo and hospital is the last place anyone wants to trouble at the moment too (well that’s my excuse😊)….

I was actually relieved it was a mini stroke and not my speech being permanently affected. After all, I’m back to waffling as normal now, so I’m rather grateful it was that.

Me and a few of my playmates have all said how our speech is more of a challenge now, word finding slower, more gaps in our sentences, so it is still a possibility that this challenge will continue. But we’re all trying to fight it through zoom calls and through recording Dementia Diaries – at least we have those options……

So worry not, but thank you for all your concerns, my silent days are hopefully far off…..fingers and toes crossed….. well I have to uncross my fingers to allow them to type……😊

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

31 thoughts on “Update on my speech issues……

  1. so sorry to hear you have reached this point Wendy…it’s good you can still post on your blog. Do you have whatsapp on your phone can you talk to people with that? Could the groups you used to visit do Conference calls with you?
    I have lost my Husband to this awful condition. He is in Care and at the moment I cannot visit him due to the current situation.
    Try to keep smiling and calm
    God bless
    Teresa

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  2. Wendy, I am constantly admiring your positive attitude. You inspire me in so many ways and it was a delight last week to have a virtual cuppa with you and some of the other fabulous people you know. (Fran). I know you said, as you didn’t take notes, when you came off the call was gone but I remember and still get a feeling of warmth at the humour and mischief of your cohorts. Hope you stay well

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    1. I found your comment interesting, that you still get a feeling of warmth. Wendy has often said she might not remember what people actually said, but she remembers how they made her feel. Your comment confirms that. Those of us (such as me) who only only know what life with dementia is like from reading Wendy’s wise words really need to take that ‘on board’.

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  3. Wendy, are you on a blood thinner? If not, might your doctor by phone at least recommend you take a daily aspirin?

    I LOVE your blog! You have inspired me to try Zoom (soon)!

    Ann Somers New Hampshire, USA

    (yes, at least half the towns around us have names from England!)

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  4. Hi Wendy, can you talk to us via zoom or some other way. I’d love to talk to you. Also maybe you could talk us /me through how you use your blog so well. Sometimes like today you’ve added a cute picture. How do you do that.
    Would you like to talk us through or even start making some youtubes to post. Lockdown ramblings from someone with dementia. I love you Wendy. Xxxx. Big smiley face from South Africa where we have also locked down.

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    1. To my playmate in South Africa!! Ooo yes, zoom is my lifeline at the moment. I’m lucky in that me and my playmates have been using it long before the lockdown started, so we feel comfortable with it 🤗

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  5. Hi Wendy, so glad that you are on a blood thinner. I am an Rn and because of that can’t help but be concerned that you have had two ministrokes a month apart. As I am sure you’re nurse daughter told you, mini strokes are warnings of a possible regular stroke on the horizon. These times are so stressful and stress is number one cause of strokes.
    Take your medications faithfully and minimize stress as best you can.
    Stay healthy, we need you!

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  6. Good morning Wendy and Happy April to you. It was very interesting to
    Me to read these two
    Posts this morning as I’ve not been reading your posts for a few days so I’ve got some catching up to do. My Mum has experienced just what you’ve described !! It’s amazing how similar your experience matches gets. She lives with my Dad who has been her some carer this last two weeks so I have to rely on his judgement . I suggested perhaps Mum had suffered a TIA or mini stroke but he flatly refuted this as face hasn’t slipped. However, over a week ago she told me she was very hot. Then she fell out or slipped out of bed twice and Dad and a neighbour got her back into
    Bed. Then slept a lot more than usual. Now she’s mostly incoherent and we’re guessing what she means. I hope it passes. She’s been very nocturnal for many nights over the last week – talking to her hallucinations all through the night, which keeps my Dad awake. It’s just very difficult in these times if segregation, Wendy. I am great evil for your posts . I wish you good health and as another blogger wrote , please take care of yourself xxViviennexx

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  7. Wendy, please substitute the following words for the wrong ones on my blog above:- hers for gets, some for some and great evil for grateful xx

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