Woman’s Garbled Text Message Saves Her Life & Teaches Us All an Important Lesson


The next time you get a garbled, what-the-hell-does-this-mean text message from a friend or loved one, don't necessarily dismiss it as an autocorrect fail. Apparently there is now something called "dystexia," in which a person suffering a stroke or some other form of aphasia, a term meaning any symptom where language has difficulty being processed, can send out text messages just as screwed up as anything autocorrect can come up with. And when one 25-year-old pregnant woman recently texted her husband a bunch of gibberish, he knew enough to insist she go to the emergency room. Good thing he did!

The woman, who was 11 weeks pregnant, texted her husband:

Every where thinging days nighing. Some is where!

Her husband knew she keeps her autocorrect off and that this gibberish must mean something else. So he insisted she go to the hospital. Wow. How many guys would do that? Usually guys are all, What are you paranoid? It's nooooothing.

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But not this guy. And thankfully the woman listened. At the hospital, she was diagnosed as having had a stroke. But luckily she and her baby are okay. It's the first documented experience of a stroke being diagnosed via a garbled text message. Doctors are calling it "dystextia." And they believe that since so many people communicate via text message now, this kind of warning sign will become more common.

It's also scary how many young people you hear about having strokes! Such as 26-year-old Frankie Muniz. This woman also had some classic stroke signs, including being disoriented, couldn't use her right arm and left leg properly, and was having trouble speaking. These are all signs we've been told over the years to look out for. But now we have a new one: Dystextia!

Will you take a closer look at garbled texts now?


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deafm... deafmomof2girls

That's good that her husband knew something wasn't right with his wife. That's true love when he can regconize his wife's texts and spotted her gibberish text as a sign of a possible problem with her health.

nonmember avatar Kency

I guess that IS fortunate for them. My boyfriend would have just thought I'd double-dipped the ambien that night!

imamo... imamombygrace

Thank goodness for her husband! I had a TIA (mini stroke) at 30 and after the birth of my youngest dd (I had preclampsia and then eclampsia). He insisted I go back to my internist. My short term memory was so off I couldn't even remember my youngest dd's DOB, how much she weighed, etc. He is in Radiology and sees these alot in young people.

kisse... kisses5050

I have confusional migraine and it causes me to speak or text in gibberish before a seizure...if you are unaware of what is going on you may think I am drunk.

bonni... bonniecole88

This article and everyone's comments are very helpful. Thanks to all, and I will pay closer attention from now on.

adiggs87 adiggs87

This is crazy!!! About 4 years ago I woke up and just got straight on the computer. When I tried to read, I couldint make sence of anything! Like I was back to being 5 years old, and trying to decipher what this wierd clusters of words meant... It freaked me out so I went back to bed thinking id get back up again and everything would be fine. When I woke up for the 2nd time I had no problem with it! I still wonder why that had happend, and any time Ive ever talked to friends or family about it, they say that I was just tired and not to think that much about it... So I dont... Hmmm....

aimesnyc aimesnyc

Just a little correction to the article:

A stroke is not a form of aphasia.  Aphasia can be caused by a stroke or other brain injury.  It is a communication disorder caused by a stroke or brain injury.  People with aphasia may have trouble speaking, understanding speech, reading, writing, or even have trouble with numbers.

Most likely she had some aphasia, which was caused by the stroke, and thus caused her to text what she did.  Therefore it was aphasia, not "dystexia."  Doctors are idiots.  I'm sure a Speech Language Pathologist would probably agree with me here.

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