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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