On the difficulty of choosing post-neurosurgery words

neurosurgery.jpgThere’s a funny and insightful article in Time Magazine by writer Michael Kinsley on the difficulty of selecting the right words to mark the point when you become conscious after brain surgery.

Kinsley wrote the piece before having surgery to implant a deep brain stimulation device to help alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

To much comic effect, the article discusses his dilemma over choosing something to say to make sure he seems cooly blasé, while not sounding like the surgery has affected his faculties.

Apparently, his surgery went fine but you’ll have to read the end of the article to find out what his first words upon awakening actually were.

Link to Time article ‘Yes, It Really Is Brain Surgery’.

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