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jeppody
Posted: Jan 15 2007, 06:14 AM


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I was just looking over the posts and there are some pretty powerful statements made here, if I may say so, that are so true to my heart.

Sorry Karen, I'm not trying to step on toes here but there are a couple of comments that I just wanted to reply to. Hope that's ok.

Sharon, your words above are more powerful than you know. "They lost a relationship with a wonderful man" - so true and so personal for me. Thank you for your wonderful insight. It is such a shame that in Jean-Dominique's case that this happened and that I saw it happen to my own Dad. I never really thought about it that way and those words sum it up in a sad but beautiful sort of way.

And Cathy wrote that Jean-Dominique stated that those who communicated best with him were the ones that *didn't* finish his words for him. I can see why he would say that because its true. My dad only regained about 75% of his speech (which we are very thankful for). He still has trouble if he tries to speak too fast and can't get certain words out. To this day, I *will not* say the words for him when I know what he wants to say but he can't get it out. I wait and wait and wait until he gets it. Then I always say to him - I know what you wanted to say, but I had to let you say it. And that can take you back full circle to all the comments made about frustration. Frustrating for those who are trying to understand and even more frustrating to the one trying to do the communicating. Jean-Dominique would have known his thoughts, known what he wanted to communicate and would have wanted to fulfill his own expectations by being able to finish - not by having someone finish for him. Knowing there was patience on the receiving end makes a difference that some just don't understand. I do.

Boy, I could have used all of you and this book three years ago






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Karen, great opening question. We are immediately plunged into Bauby's world with all its frustrations. I tried to visualize him dictating the book as I was reading it, only to come away with almost a disbelief that he was able to do it and a deep respect for him because he did. What fortitude and commitment this took, not only on his part, but on the part of the young woman who worked with him. I am ashamed to say that I was not able to even begin to "dictate" the sentence.





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Crikey Teach, that wasn't much fun. I eventually got through it, 13 minutes, but ended up with a splitting headache. It was boring, frustrating, and I made two mistakes and had to repeat the letters. I just hope that none of us EVER have to do this for real.

I have just glanced at the other posts (I'll read them properly later) but I know that I would be hopeless if I was the one taking the dictation. I am too impatient. I just know I would try and finish the words. The poor man would have hated me.

Great way to start the discussion though Karen. It may have been a trial, but what a way to help understand the immense effort required to write this book. Thank you.






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