When I got chatting to the very helpful woman on the Headway helpline we discussed how I use to write (boring law journal articles and stuff for kids) but didnt seem to be able to write anymore. For one thing I struggle to think of the right words and feel that severe depression has squashed out any creativity. But we also discussed trying to write a story with animals with brain injures - maybe for children and adults.
Anyways, I just wrote the following straightout to get the ball rolling. Hopefully, the story will improve as my brain remembers how to write.
BRAIN DAMAGED ADVENTURES IN CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
Bernard (an elephant): So the doctor told me to make sure that the forest clearing was quiet and dark and I would sleep just fine.
Sylvia (a monkey): That sounds like good advice. When I cant sleep I ...
Bernard: Yes. But I've tinnitus blasting in my head and bright orange dots and dark swirling clouds when I shut my eyes. So I won't ever experience silence or darkness again.
Sylvia: Oh my! I guess the doctor forgot about that.
Bernard: I guess so.
Sylvia: What does the tinnitus sound like if its ok to ask?
Bernard: Ummm, its a bit like there is a very bad student band practicing nearby, a search and rescue helicopter flying over head, and someone whistling under the bed.
Sylvia: That must be horrid. I’m so sorry.
Bernard: Thanks. What about you?
Sylvia: Well, a herd of wilder beasts stampeded and before I could climb up a tree I was ... well I don’t know what happened next. I woke up and what looked like a complete stranger was standing over me. And she kept calling me daughter.
Bernard: How frightening. Did you find out who she was?
Sylvia: Yes, it was my mum.
Bernard: In disguise?
Sylvia: No! I just didn’t recognise her.
Bernard: .Oh, because of concussion?
Bernard: Where is she now?
Sylvia: Well, I was sticking a twig into a termite mound for just a few moments, turned round, and the whole troupe had gone. Execpt that is for three older monkeys lying dead.
Bernard: Oh Sylvia, I'm sorry. Well, I wont rest until we find out what happened and find your mum.
... to be continued ....