After my stroke 6 1/2 years ago, my wife let me have my phone. I was dazed and confused but I wanted to check to see if I could even use my phone.
The first thing I did was to login to Twitter to check news. The 140 character Twitter app what is a convenient way for me to read news.
Unfortunately, even though it was only 140 characters, I could not read the news. I cannot understand and comprehend letters and numbers.
During my rehab stint, my therapist was trying to explain to me about Aphasia. Reading comprehension difficulties are a common feature of aphasia, affecting the understanding of single words, sentences, paragraphs and extended text.
Though Aphasia is not curable, through years of therapy and compensating, I have gotten better.
Recently, I bought an Amazon Fire Stick. To set it up, I had to enter my password and my user ID.
For years after my strokes, I simply could not complete that task. Often, though embarrassing, I would ask my young son to enter all the information. It was just beyond me.
I would try to complete it carefully. Nevertheless, I just could not do it. In addition, concentrating so hard caused massive headaches.
Last week, I registered the new Fire Stick with no problems at all. I completed it in one try.
Certainly, the Aphasia made it difficult. On the TV screen I would have to punch every letter carefully and firm every letter was correct.
It was cumbersome and time-consuming. Yet I celebrated that small victory.
We all have to celebrate small victories.