Garrison Keillor Explains What A Stroke Feels Like : The Two-Way Garrison Keillor, public radio's biggest star, explains in an Associated Press video what it feels like to have a minor stroke of the sort he recently had. And he tells it in that uniquely Keillor way of telling stories that, with that sonorous vo...
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Garrison Keillor Explains What A Stroke Feels Like

Garrison Keillor, public radio's biggest star, explains in an Associated Press video what it feels like to have a minor stroke of the sort he recently had.

And he tells it in that uniquely Keillor way of telling stories, with that sonorous voice and deliberate pace that draws listeners in.

He said:

Labor Day morning and you're running errands in Minneapolis and you're talking on the cell phone and suddenly your mouth goes berserk and your speech becomes very slurred and mushy, as if you had had four martinis, and it's numb as if you had been to the dentist and had four martinis. And you feel this odd disconnect. And you have a balloon in your head...

... People are always ready to give you advice 'You should take it easy.' But taking it easy makes me restless and unhappy. I don't really know how to do that. I'm not a collector of things. I don't have hobbies. I don't play tennis anymore, I used to. So work is what I do. If I didn't do that, what would I do, go and visit people in the hospital? I don't know.