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Yesterday I spent far more time in the pharmacy than my errand warranted - my prescription was mislaid, or some such - and met a man with a significant brain injury who was also waiting on medication. I wasn't certain at first that there was anything actually wrong with him because he initially spoke to me of Our Lord and, living in the South, people without brain injuries do think it perfectly acceptable to accost strangers and preach to them about Blessed Jesus. However, he did get around to telling me about a head-on collision with a firetruck and actually said the words "brain injury," thus confirming my suspicions. I felt a little less guarded then, and was able to respond to his comments about his very large family, his wishes for the holidays, and his Jesus, with perhaps more sincerity than before, albeit without any notable content. I said a lot of things like, "Oh, really?" "That's nice," and "I hope you have a good Thanksgiving, too."

At one point, he expressed a liking for all kinds of music, but especially gospel. He also cited a 6-year history with some sort of choral group. I asked if he still sang, at which point he asked, "Do you want me to sing a solo?" as if he were shocked I would make such a brazen request. I hadn't really meant to ask him any such thing, but I said, "Sure." He sang a wavering, atonal version of Amazing Grace in its entirety while staring into my eyes. It was riveting and horrifying and kind of awesome.

Date: 2010-11-23 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] suzycat.livejournal.com
*squee* Jedpost! So good to see you honey!

Date: 2010-11-24 08:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oiran.livejournal.com
Thank you! It's good to see you, too :)

Date: 2010-11-23 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tehomet.livejournal.com
Great to see you. :D

It was riveting and horrifying and kind of awesome.

Indeed.

The poor guy. Head-on collision with a fire engine? Jesus.

Date: 2010-11-24 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oiran.livejournal.com
Thank you :)

re: firetruck. No kidding! One of my first jobs was working for a psych practice that saw a lot of head injury clients. The personality changes that people underwent as a result of their injuries usually seemed to cause more disruption than did any physical effects. Whenever I meet someone with obvious brain trauma I end up wondering a lot about who they were before - if they were as religious, or as friendly, or as likely to break into atonal song at the slightest provocation, for instance.

Date: 2010-11-23 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhiannonhero.livejournal.com
How do these things happen to you? That is awesome! And horrifying. Yes.
Edited Date: 2010-11-23 11:04 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-11-24 09:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oiran.livejournal.com
I do not know why people feel so compelled to interact with me. I don't think I look approachable. I try to NOT look approachable, actually, in order to head off the nutballs and head injury cases, but it seems my forcefield only works on normal people.

Date: 2010-11-29 05:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dougiefelchtone.livejournal.com
Holy wow, a post from J9. Woot! (many will say the same of me if I ever post again)

I don't know why but you are one of the few people that I know that when I hear stories like this I just kind of shrug and say "Yeah, that kind of stuff always happens to her".

I so cant wait to see/hang with you guys in NOLA next year.

Date: 2010-12-01 12:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oiran.livejournal.com
Dougie!

These things do happen to me, despite my best efforts to appear unapproachable.

We are also looking forward to NOLA. Do you guys have costumes? Various NOLA people are telling us we need costumes, but we have no idea what we'd want to wear. On the one hand, dressing up sounds fun; on the other, it sounds like a huge pain in the ass. But if you guys have costumes, we will feel honor-bound to wear costumes, also.

Date: 2010-12-01 05:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dougiefelchtone.livejournal.com
We will definitely be bringing costumes. We have also been told that they are pretty much required. Though to this date we have no idea what those costumes will be. The theme this year is "space" so keep that in mind when thinking about costumes. From what we've been told by Karen and Chester (our friends who are on a crew) everyone is in costume and we'll feel out of place if we aren't. So ...

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