Friday, August 08, 2014

I Forgot to Remember - Su Meck

This is the story of Su Meck, a 22 year old married mother of two children who has an accident one day - hitting her head on a ceiling fan.  This head injury leaves her in hospital, with no recollection of what happened, her memory gone and her new short term memory affected as well.  It was an interesting book to read,the poor woman just was left to fumble her way along with little or no support.  It was shocking that her two young boys were often left in charge, and I was more surprised that she was allowed to drive anywhere when she had both memory problems and seemed to be having blackouts on a regular basis. She was so lucky that there were no major incidents where anyone was harmed.

You think about the learning to walk and read again, but I hadn't realised that people would struggle within their relationships, that they might have to learn to date their spouse again, or relearn how to kiss or have sex - all skills they may not remember.

Still with the support of her family and a considerate college, Su was able to go from not knowing how to read or write to getting her masters degree from college a few years later.   You have to admire her journey, when many might have given up.  3/5

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