Laughter as brain injury medicine – Dandelions? Black light? Multi-grain?

06 Jun

Sharing humor and laughter experiences from those who deal with thinking, memory, and communication problems.  I’ve had some unique stories shared with me after starting the laughter portion on this blog and will share a few of them today.  I also will encourage others to send any of their situations and funny stories so we can post them on Wednesdays.  Let’s laugh together, it’s so healing and improves ones health.

Some dandelions found in my backyard.

Where did all the dandelions go?

My husband is 70 and in stage 2 Alzheimers. His most recent “funny incident” was when he was trying to help me rid our backyard of fuzzy headed dandelions. I showed him one day how to put his hand over the entire fuzzy head to keep the seeds from escaping when he picked the stem.

He forgot that ~ but remembered the next day that he needed to pull dandelions from the lawn. He showed me a fistful of dandelion stems with no heads, and proudly reported that he had “kicked” all the seeds off the heads before he pulled the stems. Sigh. Hope that brought a smile to you.

There will be plenty of dandelions to pick next year, the seeds were just planted!

Red light, green light? Color of the traffic lights?

English: Traffic lights in London Česky: Semaf...

My mother was about to run a red light and I started yelling, “It’s black!, It’s Black!”…..why? I have no idea. Amazing that she actually stopped. But after that we laughed about the black street lights in that town.

Flash Gordon movie

We were watching an old Flash Gordon movie the other day…no subtitles. Very hard for me…but it was funny. I kept asking strange questions like one point they were going to use some kind of ray gun on the bad guys…a multi ray…or something like that….
I heard Multi-grain, and asked, What are they doing with multi-grains? Everyone laughed. After that every time they used that ray, someone would say…they are beating them with Multi-grain! Really it was so funny. I just laughed and laughed. There were other times during that movie I heard strange things but that’s the one I really remember.
I keep thinking I need to keep a little book about “What I thought He said”….I miss hear my husband so often.anyone with a chronic illness could be helped if they learn to laugh about many of their challenges.

 Another day to have laughed at the silly things that happen in life!


6 responses to “Laughter as brain injury medicine – Dandelions? Black light? Multi-grain?

  1. Three Well Beings

    June 6, 2012 at 11:50 am

    One of my closest friends kept me amused for a long time with the things her father said or did relating to his Alzheimer’s. We would laugh so hard, and each time I felt sad that we were in some way being humored by his disorientation and disease, but for her, it was indeed a coping mechanism. When something hit her as funny, she’d laugh for so long it was obviously a much needed physical release! I know you’re onto something here! Debra

  2. Maria Tatham

    June 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Edie, because of my neck pain and some absentmindedness because of it, twice now I’ve brushed my teeth with handcream that comes in the same kind of tube. I forget and put my handcream in the little basket for toothbrushes and toothpaste, and then…a mouth full of handcream!

    The first thing I notice is just a slight lack of taste and then it feels funny and…Hope I get to laugh as much as you. Pain gets in front of my thinking — as if it’s between me and the world — and makes me a little fuzzy-headed.


    Bless you! Thanks for sharing these!


    • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

      June 6, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      Oh Maria, “Fuzzy-headed” huh?…you will be literally fuzzy-headed when you wash your hair with toothpaste or hand cream (it’s a sticky mess)!lol I will use this in another post ironically. People fear sharing these things, albeit embarrassing but we need to laugh and know it doesn’t mean doomsday! Is hand cream lower in calories? lol Thanks for sharing another moment of laughter! Blessings, Edie

  3. wendy

    June 7, 2012 at 11:41 am

    My husband said I should have told you another story. We were driving around Easter and passed a church that had a sign about Jesus….I asked my husband, so back in Jesus’ time what was he considered. Most people didn’t think he was the son of God…so what would he have been called.
    “A Jimmy Buffet” is what I thought he said. I looked at him and said, “Jesus was Jimmy Buffet??” already starting to laugh…..He said “NO, no, a Jewish Prophet!”
    We still laugh and laugh about this, and occasionally refer to Jesus as Jimmy Buffet….”I said, so Jesus was the first Parrot Head huh?”

    Hope you enjoy.
    have a laugh today!!
    (sorry I haven’t been around much. I haven’t been on the computer much the past month.)

    • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

      June 7, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      I’m having a great laugh at this! You share some really interesting ways hearing impaired compensate, but yet how easily misunderstood! I think most of us are on the computer less with the nice weather…at least I’m hoping everyone is trying to enjoy this beautiful time of the year. I try to check in, and do get concerned when I don’t hear from readers because I know everyone is dealing with many health issues. Keep me posted of your upcoming cochlear implant. Looking forward to hearing about how it works. Take care and stay safe. (And still laughing about Jimmy Buffet!)


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