Recently, in the ED, I was seeing a patient who was left with something of a stammer/stutter after a prior stroke.
It was kind of a long history, and probably longer for the patient, who had to work very hard to be understood through their unwanted speech impediment.
Inexplicably, when I walked out of the room I started stuttering; I wasn’t trying to make light of the patients’ problem, and I had to stop talking for a few moments before I could speak in my normal cadence (and while in the patients’ room I was speaking normally as well). It was super-strange, like my brain heard the new cadence and said ‘oh, this is how we do it’. Awful.
It was embarrassing, and weird. Fortunately the patient didn’t hear it, and I apologized to the staff that did. I have no idea why my mouth/brain combo picked that anomaly to repeat. Strange.
Anyone else have this?