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    Default I woke up unable to speak English after cycling accident

    Hannah Jenkins speaks English in the morning and German in the afternoon. It's not a routine she chose to adopt - but something her brain requires her to do. It all started with a cycling accident.

    Her partner Andrew Wilde was halfway up a mountain in the US state of Montana when he received a baffling text from Hannah.
    He understood only two words - "dog" and "hospital" - but knew instinctively something was wrong.
    The text was in German, a language Hannah had grown up with, but Andrew didn't really understand. They only ever communicated in English.
    Hannah had stayed at home in the UK, running the dog-training business she'd set up in Wokingham, Berkshire, while Andrew had gone to the US to train for an international shooting competition.
    He called Hannah's mobile number, but got no response. With growing unease, he started to phone hospitals around Berkshire but couldn't get any information. He knew he needed to get home.
    He made his way to the airport, unsure of what would be waiting for him when he returned.
    What he didn't expect to find, was a different Hannah to the one he'd kissed goodbye days earlier.
    Hannah had been cycling through a park near their home the day before she sent the text to Andrew.
    She'd rounded a familiar corner and collided with another cyclist.
    She remembers little, but paramedics have since filled her in - the other cyclist saw her lying motionless and bleeding on the ground and called emergency services.
    He waited for help to arrive, told them he'd been cycling no faster than 32km/h (20mph), then left, without giving any more information.
    An air ambulance was called for Hannah, who had been identified from items in her wallet.
    It was touch and go whether she would survive.

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    Default Re: I woke up unable to speak English after cycling accident

    I have heard of this happening after a stroke.

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    Default Re: I woke up unable to speak English after cycling accident

    I've heard of people only being able to swear or communicate in song lyrics after a stroke.
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    Default Re: I woke up unable to speak English after cycling accident

    Oliver Sacks wrote about hundreds of neurological cases like those.
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    Default Re: I woke up unable to speak English after cycling accident

    Shortly after coming to Australia from Latvia, my wifes Dad bent down to retrieve something he'd dropped by the side of a busy city street and was hit in the head by a passing bus. He was rushed to hospital and was in a coma for quite some time. He wasn't carrying any form of ID, and every time he would rouse to semi consciousness he would talk in one of the five languages he spoke fluently. Back then he had no family here to look for him, so the hospital just treated him until he recovered enough to tell them who he was. Oh- just thought I'd add- the hospital stay was free JayInOz

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    I think sharpiefan is ok, carlyzakin.
    Unless he has changed his name to Hannah Jenkins.
    At least Hannah got free healthcare, as she was at home in the UK.
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    Default Re: I woke up unable to speak English after cycling accident

    She's not from Glasgow then.

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    Default Re: I woke up unable to speak English after cycling accident

    Off to a festive drink with friends. The daughter is married to a German bloke. He suffered a stroke (at 42) but recovered very well (against expectations) Only speaks English now, lost his native German.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    I think sharpiefan is ok, carlyzakin.
    Unless he has changed his name to Hannah Jenkins.
    At least Hannah got free healthcare, as she was at home in the UK.
    Free? Somebody paid for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bow View Post
    Oliver Sacks wrote about hundreds of neurological cases like those.
    Yes, brilliant books. The brain might be most fascinating when a module ceases to function as intended.

    What are you doing about it?




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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bow View Post
    Free? Somebody paid for it.
    We all did. Which means that the cost was spread reeeal thin, and none of it went to insurance companies employees nor shareholders, AKA blood suckers.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    We all did. Which means that the cost was spread reeeal thin, and none of it went to insurance companies employees nor shareholders, AKA blood suckers.
    I take it you think you got a good deal relative to what you paid in.

    You might consider those who think they got a poor deal.
    Life is complex.

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    ^hahahaha
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Little Time View Post
    I take it you think you got a good deal relative to what you paid in.

    You might consider those who think they got a poor deal.
    I got mine, **** you, get your own!
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    Default Re: I woke up unable to speak English after cycling accident

    "I take it you think you got a good deal relative to what you paid in.

    You might consider those who think they got a poor deal. "


    Yup, a good deal.

    Those that complain about getting a raw deal vs. amount paid in to a national healthcare program in countries that have such a thing are a very, very small minority of the population. We complain about wait times, and thinness of doctors in rural areas, but we all know that we have a very good thing going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Little Time View Post
    I take it you think you got a good deal relative to what you paid in.

    You might consider those who think they got a poor deal.
    What Mike md said.
    I do not think that anyone in the UK wants to change our system, it is universally loved and valued.


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    Is the NHS the world’s best health service?

    The US-based Commonwealth Fund, a respected global health thinktank, last year ranked the British health system as the best of 11 well-off countries. The NHS performed better than its counterparts on fairness, ease of access and administrative efficiency, although the study acknowledged that outcomes for people with potentially fatal diseases fell short of those in western Europe and Australia.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: I woke up unable to speak English after cycling accident

    Quote Originally Posted by Too Little Time View Post
    I take it you think you got a good deal relative to what you paid in.

    You might consider those who think they got a poor deal.
    No, no, no. The manure needs to be spread over on the thread about how stupid farmers are. Gotta make those soybeans grow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Little Time View Post
    I take it you think you got a good deal relative to what you paid in.

    You might consider those who think they got a poor deal.
    Shall I share my experience by way of an illustration?
    • Age about 10, hospitalised for about a month with diphtheria. Cost spread over my parents generation, no charges paid at the time.
    • At about the same age broken bone in foot, lower leg in plaster. Cost spread over my parents generation, no charges paid at the time.
    • Early to middle age, various illnesses and minor accidents treated at home or in A&E. Paid by my generations taxes, no charges to me at the time.
    • Middle age. Detached retina, surgery and two weeks hospital stay. Paid by my generations taxes, no charges to me at the time.
    • Chronic lung condition diagnosed by CAT scan, inhaler prescribed for the rest of my days. Paid by my generations taxes, no charges to me at the time or for the inhalers now that I am retired.
    • Retirement. Broken femur. Surgery, two weeks hospitalised, plus physio. Paid by my generations taxes, no charges to me at the time.
    • Skin ripped off back of thumb, requiring a dozen stitches and after-care. Paid by my generations taxes, no charges to me at the time.

    So how much would you ave been billed for that lot TLT over the top of what you pay for insurance? As a proportion of your income what does your insurance and those extra charges come to?
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: I woke up unable to speak English after cycling accident

    If you have children, Nick, you could also add their birth costs and any relevant NHS services to adulthood.

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    by focusing on direct personal cost/benefit of a single payer healthcare system you miss out on the measurable benefits to society as a whole from having equal access to comprehensive health care
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Default Re: I woke up unable to speak English after cycling accident

    Yep. Analogous to the societal benefits of having an educated populace, even if you don't have children.

    What are you doing about it?




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    Default Re: I woke up unable to speak English after cycling accident

    Not to mention the benefit to the economy if health care was not tied to employment and employers were not saddled with the costs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    by focusing on direct personal cost/benefit of a single payer healthcare system you miss out on the measurable benefits to society as a whole from having equal access to comprehensive health care
    Quite.

    Would Too Little Time like to tell us how a single payer sewerage system, power and transport infrastructure might be beneficial?

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    A new employee-based 'health care' program applicable to us. SWMBO: $1800/year + $2K deductible. Your's truly: $6K/year + 2K deductible. Once the deductible is met, 80/20... MAGA. Can you say 'Medicare'.
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    Default Re: I woke up unable to speak English after cycling accident

    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Orca View Post
    Yes, brilliant books. The brain might be most fascinating when a module ceases to function as intended.
    I hate to derail this thread, but . . . Hodor.

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