Last night I went to see the movie The Diving Bell & The Butterfly. I didn't know what was the movie about until half an hour before the movie. If I had known, I probably wouldn't have gone to see it. It was a good movie but it reminded me so much of my accident, that it was a little depressing.
The movie is based on a true story of a guy who had a stroke and couldn't move anything except his left eye. His speech therapist gave him a method to communicate. She gave him a chart with the alphabet. She recites the letters and when she gets to the letter that spells what he wants to say, he blinks once. He ended up writing a book using this method with a very patient transcriptionist.
When I had the accident, I couldn't move anything and I couldn't talk because I had a tracheotomy. So in the hospital they used the same method with me. This only lasted a few weeks (not sure, I'm a little fuzzy on the time). After a few weeks they took out the tracheotomy and I could speak again. While I was going thru that I remember thinking "How can I say what I want to say in as few words as possible?" I can't imagine writing a whole book.
Seeing the movie depressed me a little but it also made me very thankful that my condition is not as bad as it could have been.
Here's a trailer