slurred-speech

Holy crap...

I just realized that if I do have myasthenia gravis, it might explain a lot of things.  Including…

When I was 19, I started having this problem where I’d get really weak sometimes I’d fall, lots of other things.  But the thing I’m remembering that I never connected to it at all.  Was that my speech would get so slurred that it was impossible for even close friends to understand it.  One of my friends said it was like I got “instant cerebral palsy” or something, from the way I sounded.  It was very severe.

And now that I don’t speak at all (for reasons unrelated to MG), I don’t notice whether my speech is going to be slurred or not.  So I totally forgot that was a symptom.  But for a couple years when I was still speaking part-time, I’d sometimes end up with speech so incomprehensible that friends would tell me to use my keyboard even when I could technically talk, because the keyboard voice was more understandable than my voice.  (Which given that it was old-school DECTalk, is saying something.)

I wish I remembered to tell my neurologist this stuff.  There’s other stuff I know I told my case manager to put on the list to tell him, that didn’t make it onto the list.  Like the right-sided drooling.  And the way my head tilts to one side.  And other stuff.

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Symptoms of complicated migraine may include

  • Severe, throbbing pain, often on one side of your head
  • A pins-and-needles feeling, often moving from your hand up your arm
  • Numbness on one side of your body, which can include your arm, leg, and/or one side of your face
  • Weakness or paralysis on one side of your body
  • Loss of balance and coordination
  • Visual aura, such as seeing zigzag lines,double vision, or blind spots
  • Language difficulties, such as mixing words or trouble remembering a word
  • Slurred speech
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Extreme sensitivity to light, sound, and smell
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations 
  • Decreased consciousness or coma

Phases of migraine

  • Prodromal phase before the migraine
  • Aura phase
  • Attack phase
  • Postdromal phase after the migraine

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felinejaye asked:

I read (and agree) with a lot of opinions that say phonetically writing accents is a bad idea but it makes me uneasy about how I write certain characters. What's your opinion on phonetically writing the dialogue of a character who slurs their words?

I believe that slurred speech can be written in a way that doesn’t make it impossible for people to read. Visually portraying slurred speech (say for instance with a character who’s drunk) would look something like:

“H-h-heeeeeeeey, buddy! What are youuuu d-doing,” he slurred obnoxiously before fumbling forward.

Which is fine. It’s not entirely hard to read as it would be to erase certain letters and fuck up the words being said entirely. 

Another way to get around butchering up standard word spelling to display slurred words is to use dialogue indicators, which can allow the writer to completely omit using phonetic nonstandard spelling. 

Take into consideration that some readers are dyslexic and fucking up these words will be even harder for them to get around. If I literally have to read the words aloud and throw what I know of the English language out the window to make sense of what’s being written, I don’t want to read it.