My poor Husband…

In case you read Gordon’s post from yesterday–I am sorry.  After he wrote about struggling with speech, he noted that he was going to write an “FU” script.  Please know that in his mind, that meant a ‘Follow Up” script, not a middle finger script.

I asked him if he read that post out loud so he could hear how it sounded BEFORE he clicked Publish.  He said yes and was a little offended at the implication that there were problems with it.  After all, he spends a lot of time writing those posts.  When I read it out loud to him, we both had a good laugh.  Thank God that through all this, Gordon has kept his sense of humor.

Although he didn’t mean it to be this way, Gordon’s last post demonstrated his difficulty with language and organized thinking.  We have been talking about his aphasia for 6 years.  Suddenly, for some unknown reason, he latched onto it this week as if it were a big surprise.  Is his sudden awareness of language difficulty a step forward or a step backward?

Jill Viggiano

We just laughed and laughed…

I just met a guy who I hired at my old company in Hayward, California.  Of all the people who I had the privilege of hiring, David was my favorite.  We first saw each other AFTER I had my stroke; I don’t remember much about out conversation.  David reached out to me a few days ago and we set up a meeting at my favorite Starbucks.

Jill and I were really excited to meet him.  Prior to our brief meeting in 2008, we hadn’t seen each other for 17 years!  But getting back with David was like old times; I didn’t want it to end. I just laughed and laughed at all the funny things he said.

We spoke about the problems he has gone through, we laughed about the funny things that happened to us and we spoke about our children-the future leaders of the world.

We had spend 1.5 hours with him and we both were sorry to leave.  I feel blessed to spend time with someone so special.

Then…after all that…he gave me a lead to call. What a great person!