Sunday, 12 August 2007

Update: Aphasia-Dysphasia, Why-Fore Art Thou?








I got an email just recently, from a sweet guy called Christopher, and Christopher had two questions for me: What is Aphasia-Dysphasia, and why did I name my blog such?



I remember during the Bloggers' Gathering on May 19,
another blogger too, during casual conversation at the buffet line (I didn’t get his name…) asked the same question…

Okie, I have a feeling perhaps a few other people might have the same question, so today I will shed some light as to the what and why's…



For those who couldn't care less =), you might want to skip this post!




Now, Aphasia and Dysphasia are two separate (but closely related) terms, and yes! They actually do exist…Both Christopher and Mister-Buffet-Line thought I coined it up on my own (Aww Shucks Guys! I'm not that smart! Haha!)…

And, they are both Medical Terms, to do with the brain (Something wrong with it lar)…

Aphasia means ‘Failure to produce and/or understand certain words (language)’, while Dysphasia means 'Difficulty producing and/or understanding certain words (language)’...




Update: Kerp just said he's not sure if he got the pronunciation right...Ah...Thanks Kerp, I forgot...

Aphasia: Er-fay-zher or Er-fay-zhia (The 'r' in Er is silent); Dysphasia: Dis-fay-zher or Dis-fay-zhia...

Ok, everyone, altogether now..."A.pha.sia - Dys.pha.sia"...=)



Both Aphasia and Dysphasia have two general forms: Receptive and Expressive


I think you guys get it…


Basically, to use Aphasia as an example: Receptive Aphasia means failure to understand, and Expressive Aphasia means failure to express!


You get it, don't you?





When a person suffers from Expressive Aphasia, what they say and what they mean can be completely different. Generally, the intended word/phrase, and the word which eventually comes out are closely related, meaning


1) Similar in sound (Meant to say ‘Fair’ but said ‘Care’), or

2) Similar in context and/or setting (Meant to say ‘Spoon’ but said ‘Fork’)

Or, sentences just come out all weird and jumbled and wrong…




Like: I wanted to go to the Market to buy fish

Became: Market went to the I the fish wanted to go



People with Aphasia usually don’t realize what they said doesn’t make sense…




I read a lot of ‘rubbish’, and have been known to comb through various encyclopedias simply because I was bored and curious.



I came across these terms about 6 years back while reading “A Short Journal of Medicine, 5th Edition”, by J.C. Houston, C.L Joiner and J.R Trounce under the Neurology Section (Yes, I read Medical Journals for fun). A thick journal which I found someone in some garage-like sale…










So why is my blog called Aphasia-Dysphasia?


Simple…


1) Because I talk so quickly. Because of this, I am very popular for twisting everything I say and mixing words back and forth (Like 'Chicken Chop' becomes 'Chop Chicken'...Hehe...)

2) I say stupid things, which I don’t realize.




I once stood up and said, in a debate: "Ladies and gentleman, Humanity is a Monkey Deprived of Bananas. We do not have enough bananas to go around, so kindly keep your bananas to yourself"…


And for the life of me, could not understand why the people were howling with laughter, and indeed, one of the judges nearly disappeared off his chair, he was laughing to much (Very, very good looking guy, from Africa!)…


What I meant was that nations (monkey) sometimes lacked in resources (bananas). So, instead of helping other countries when you don't have enough yourself (not enough bananas to go around), take care of your own people first (keep bananas to yourself!)...


Of course, the entire crowd thought I was being dirty…I only found out why they were laughing after the debate ended…

Sigh…



And 3) As a psychology student, the brain is basically my playground (Hey, whose brain is perfect?)!



And the fourth, most important thing is:



In the course of the little, little bit of voluntary work I was privilege to do, I’ve been struck speechless many, many times, because of the people I’ve met (like little
Aisya), the people who’ve given me lumps in my throat (Like Hisham), the people who’ve made me fume (Like when I work with abused children like Xin), the people who teach me that life is the most precious thing (Like when I hold a newborn) and the people who make my day here and there (Like Mr Pony-Tail!)…



And most importantly, is the little boy I met called
Chee Keong: whom I’ve learned to love unconditionally, would give up so much for without a word ever being exchanged and whom I spent countless nights crying for…


Picture from The Star: Baby Amin and Me...



So, yes, why Aphasia-Dysphasia?



Because life, inherently, is not always about talking, or saying the right thing…


Life is about learning to listen. It is about watching the people around you, and learning from them. It is about learning to be grateful for what you have, and enjoying the company of those you care about.




And really, sometimes, the most important things can’t be said. It needs to be shown. How can you say “I Love You”, and walk away when the person needs you?

How can you say “I care”, if you don’t listen?

How can you say “I know how you feel” (Which is not the same as “I feel for you”), when you’ve never been in that position?


And how can you say learn to do the ‘right’ thing if you’ve never listened or watched?




So again, why Aphasia-Dysphasia?

Because I don’t always know the right words or the right thing to say, but I try…


And sometimes, I don’t say it...I show you *Hugs*...



Note: For more on Aphasia and Dysphasia, click
here and here...


26 comments:

winniethepooh said...

Thanks for the 'light bulb' to the words "Aphasia-Dysphasia" Daphne! It shows u definitely have put alot of thoughts into 'naming' your blog (as always to the things u do and say) :)

have a great day Daphne!

sankochan said...

my brain is perfect~~~

AHaha~~ XD

Stevie O' said...

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Daphne Ling said...

Hey Winnie,

Wow...You're fast in leaving your prints...

Yes, I did think very hard and long about what I was going to name my blog...

And to be honest, I liked it so much, I couldn't come up with another name...That's why my private blog (which is about 2 years old) and my public one (this one lar) have the same name, just this one has a hyphen!

Hehe...

Great day to you in Canada too Winnie!

Daphne Ling said...

SankoChan,

You need help...Desperately...Hehe...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Steve O',

You thank...

Most are welcome you...

I of glad could service be...

Hehe...

PS: Nice you're know again to Steve O' ;)

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

oh noooo....and i'm like, the fourth here? hahhahaha...

well written on this one. when i first stumbled upon your blog some months ago, i instantly looked these 2 words up in dictionary.com, and in a similar instant it slipped out of my mind. these are such big words that i find it hard to memorise.

oh, and i dont think i can even pronounce them correctly. hihi...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kerp,

I forgot to include the pronunciation...Haha...

You know, my friend calls this the "Far-sia-Far-sia" blog...Haha...

Anyway, look at the update...I put it there already...Hope it helps!

PS: And yes, Number 4...;)

Pi Bani said...

Dear Cikgu Daphne,
What's your blog name again? Amnesia-Dyspepsia? Sorry lor... got partial loss of memory due to indigestion!

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

wahhhh...i got my name mentioned in the main page. couldnt get any better to start the new week with.

but sorry daph, i'm going with either your friends' 'far-sia far-sia' or kak pi's amnesia minus the dyspepsia...

hahaha...thanks.

irene said...

I laughed so hard over your "monkeys and bananas" stories that my friends started giving me strange looks!

I like what you said about acting out what we feel rather than just saying it. This is so true. Thanks for the reminder.

tokasid said...

Regards to Daphne:

I am at the moment Aphasic and dysphasic to give comment to this posting. Can't say and don't know what to say.

Keep up your good work with the kids.
Not many ppl can do this.

J.T. said...

So, it's official. I have been suffering from Aphasia and Dysphasia for the past 6 years in Germany. :D

PrincessJournals said...

this is so funny, both the post and the comments! lol! im so aphasiac-dysphasiac right now.

Mior Azhar said...

Hi daphnie,
That monkey and bananas story is damn hillarious. I jatuh2 kerusi ni ketawa...

IBU said...

Hi Daphne,

Your banana republic story is so funny la!! They should have voted you as the best speaker at least!!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Pi,
Adoi...Amnesia-Dyspepsia jadinya...Couldn't you find a less flatulent-inducing, and painful condition? Haha...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Kerp,

Okie...You can go with Far-Sia-Far-Sia if you want ;)! Ala...Senang, panggil Daphne cukup...Heh...And yes, credit the I-forgot-to-put-pronunciation to you...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Irene,

Thank you for coming over...It looks like this monkey and bananas thing is the most popular of all! Hehe...I should have known...;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Tokasid,

Ala...Dr yang Aphasic and Dysphasic? Susahlar macam ni...It's okie...We can all be Aphasic and Dysphasic together, because nampaknya, it's too much medical jargon (in English!) for one day...

Maybe I should have named my blog Aphasia-Dysphasia-Dysphagia...

Cannot understand-Difficult to understand-Difficult to swallow...

Hoho...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi JT, Hey Princess,

Nampaknya, you dua orang boleh pakat mem-Aphasic and mem-Dysphasic in two different countries...One in Germany, and one in US, and both Mitch and Michael can be perplexed! Heehee...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Mior Azhar,

Aiya...Your floor got berlubang or not? Hehe...It really does look like the only thing people remember is the monkey and his banana...The rest, terus Amnesia like Kak Pi...;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Ibu,

Haha...Really looks like everyone is remembering only the banana story...
Actually, they did give me the best speaker, although I like to believe it wasn't only because of the accidental joke ;)!
Thanks for visiting...

Jo-D said...

Daph dear,
You are a real thinker, aren't you? A real deep thinker. And to think you read medical journals for fun at the age of what like 15? Nice post and thanks for shading some light to the very complicated words and their meanings and for sharing another part of your very interesting world.

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Jo-D,
Haha...You flatter me lar...Medical Journals are actually very interesting books...It sheds a lot of insight into our lives...
And you're most welcome into my world Jo-D! Just like everyone reading this bloggie...=)

adam said...

Hey Daphne. Finally got to read your blog. At one time I couldn't go in since you have it blocked except to the bloggers that you allowed only. It was a very boring day today, and I finally clicked on the link to your blog from MarinaM's blog. And somehow you changed my view on life. Thanks for all your entry here. I have only got to this entry. I intend to read more of your previous entry soon. But anyway, I would like to thank you for writing all your entry. Thanks again