Monthly Archives: April 2013

Speaking without Talking

As my tongue and throat muscles have grown weaker, my speech has become more slurred, indistinct and hard to understand. I have already noticed that as a result of speech hesitancy I have become more withdrawn in social settings, less … Continue reading

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On eating and speaking

One consequence of my ALS is that eating has become an adventure.  Since I can most easily eat thick soups, purees and smoothies, I bought myself a mega-blender – a $500 Vitamix.  This machine is soooooo cool.  The blades spin … Continue reading

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Choices – April 5, 2013

Sometimes I think this is not happening to me.  I see myself hovering near the ceiling looking down at this fellow who looks much like me struggling with walking, speaking, eating and swallowing.  I am feeling really sad for him … Continue reading

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Death Valley – March 22, 2013

I have just returned from a trip to the southwest, spending many hours driving across miles of stark barren landscapes.  Especially before spring brings new signs of life to these broad expanses, the grayness and monochromatic brown led me to … Continue reading

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My Milkshake – March 5, 2013

Today I ordered a milkshake and found I could no longer drink it through a straw. Just the latest in a string of new lessons I have learned in the past eight months since I found myself at a meeting … Continue reading

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