At work with aphasia

I’m at work, currently having a painless migraine, I can’t see, and I’m very very slow to understand words. Honestly an interesting experience to have transient aphasia while working with other people.

This took me like 20 minutes to write lmao

Author: Zeallust

Painless migraines are so incredibly weird- itโ€™s like youโ€™re stuck in slow motion


My extreme aphasia and photosensitivity (computer screens are the devil) is what ultimately led me to having to quit my job.

I used to write accident reports and arguments for arbitration and trial. It’s really hard to do that when your brain dumps all the easily accessible words and you get stuck with either the wrong word or one so unwieldy that the arbiter/judge will look at you like you are dumb.

I once spent half an hour trying to describe a stop sign which was obfuscated by surrounding foliage. I could not think of a single way to describe it without using the word “obfuscated”. I even took it to other coworkers in my office to ask for help and they couldn’t help me because they didn’t understand what I was trying to say.

This isn’t a brag. More a lament that your brain breaks in really really dumb ways. It’s like your brain approaches dumb from the opposite direction.

(Also, sorry if this is hard to understand? I am also having an aphasia moment today)


Aphasia at work is so embarrassing. I can usually avoid calls but you know if I’m forced to talk to people about technical things I’ll inevitably have aphasia and sound like a fkg moron.


I woke up this morning with the staggers like I had been drinking. My triptan took the pain down, but none of the other symptoms.


Ugh, I feel you!

The worst was when I was in the ER and literally could not tell them anything. I was having trouble breathing (turns out I was allergic to my antibiotic), having a panic attack and the worst migraine of my life, all at once.

They asked me which meds I was taking, and even though I am on like 10 pills a day, I said “none,” bc my brain couldn’t comprehend the question and I was completely unable to answer it.

I was trying to ask the doc for IV hydration and I couldn’t come up with any way to ask it at all.

Good times.


I’ve had a migraine almost all day and while at the store I went to pick up double chocolate muffins and called them “black muffins,” because they’re very dark brown and my brain could not think of “double chocolate” so it went right for the colour.


I understand, somewhat. (Unfortunately).

Hugs ๐Ÿซ‚

I get extreme photophobia and aphasic speech โ€ฆ but often I know the word/s but canโ€™t express it.

I eventually had to give up work. I never thought it would be possible to miss call centre work. To add insult to injury I now sound (almost exactly) like a poor-quality auto-call bot. Ugh. ๐Ÿ˜‘

I hope that you have a good time at the party and keep doing normal-life things as much as possible.


I was in a performance review panel meeting once when I lost the ability to read. A colleague handed me the salary increase rules and they were justโ€ฆillegible. It was so bizarre. And what was kore bizarre was pretending it was mot happening and trying to act totally normal and professional, while I couldnโ€™t even read the employee ratings.


Not had many of them but omg so so weird trying to type words and yet something else entirely comes out ๐Ÿคฃ as long as you’re ok though and you’re safe ๐Ÿ’™


Those can be worrisome I’m always waiting for the other shoe to drop aka pain and all that goes with it


Those are so weird omg. Itโ€™s also super embarrassing when my words or sentences mix themselves up and I canโ€™t talk without sounding like a fool. Thereโ€™s also the olfactory hallucinations and crazy light sensitivity


Oh yeah, I nearly embarrassed myself terribly at work the other day.


I didnโ€™t even know this was a thing and I think Iโ€™ve had this. I felt really off the past 2 days with the tropical storm that came up the east coast. Weather systems seem to always trigger migraines for me. Medication has helped but I still get this feeling often.


Ah Iโ€™m sorry thatโ€™s happened to you. It can be so embarrassing. I was on a zoom call a few months ago during a migraine with aphasia and it sounded like I was drunk lol.


wow, i didn’t know you can have a painless migraine. sounds scary. sorry to hear you had this at work ๐Ÿ™

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