December 14, 2006

 tim johnson

tim.johnson.jpghave you seen the news about south dakota senator tim johnson? yesterday he suffered something akin to a stroke. amazingly, the news channels are airing audio of the conference call he was on when it happened.

ray was watching CNN, and i was sort of ingesting the story as i was doing something else. the tv was basically background noise until i heard that conference call; i stopped everything. i heard the senator stutter, search for words, say something about "frustrating", and i *felt* his situation. i was right there with him. tears came to my eyes and i experienced the deepest sympathy for this man. clearly, he suffered something more severe than i did, but hearing his aphasia brought my experience rushing back to me.


you can see a 4 minute CNN video here, with audio of the conference call and a doctor's explanation of the AVM that caused him to be rushed into surgery.

Posted by xta at December 14, 2006 12:43 PM | TrackBack

Oh wow. I saw that news, but didn't really pay much attention beyond hoping he didn't die. Cause he's a Democrat senator. (wow i'm partisan!)

On thinking about it now with you in mind, though, no shit that must have been so scary for you. Sometimes with me just thinking I might have a seizure coming on makes me freak out and feel like I'm having one.

Posted by: lastewie at December 14, 2006 1:54 PM

Christa, I absolutely thought of you when I heard that it started with aphasia. And then emergency brain surgery--yikes.

Posted by: Penny at December 14, 2006 3:22 PM

I thought of you too! I *might* be coming to the Triangle soon - wanna drink some coffee? Email details, babe!

Posted by: John at December 15, 2006 12:44 PM

I wasn't aware the extent of what happened to him but I'm awfully glad you didn't go through ALL of that!

Posted by: Gidge at December 17, 2006 2:35 PM

What Gidge said, including "getting elected Senator".

Posted by: Phil at December 18, 2006 1:06 AM
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