There Is Truth In Paraphrasing

I paraphrase.   A lot.


Today I went to the doctor.  The very short of the story is that everything is “fine”.

But there were some things that needed checking in to.

One of the issues is a moderately to severely twitching left eye.

Doctor:   your eye is twitching because gobbledtygookedtymedicalterminologystatusergoineverfullycomprehendtheterminologyhegivesme. He goes on to say muscleisoverworkedbecauseofmedicalterminologyistilldon’tget.

I fully understand what he tells me.  He is thorough and makes sure I get it.   I just can’t repeat it.   I can’t ever recall the medical terms he uses.   When he says it-it sounds so official and right.   When I try to say it I sound like me trying to say it.   So when he is describing it I paraphrase what he is telling me to make sure I understand.   After the above description was given I asked some questions.   You should know he has been my doctor for a very long time and gets exactly what I mean when I do this to him.

Me:  so my eye is twitching because I’m looking at things.

Him:  yes.  

Me:  so I can go to work and tell my boss my eye is twitching because I am looking at her.

Him:  yes.  Technically you can.

Me:  oh, I will.

Him:  you might not get a raise.   

Me:  I already did.

Fortunately my boss understands me as well.

By the way, the above conversation may be a paraphrased repeat of the actual conversation.  But it’s so convaluted in my head now I’m not really sure.  But I think that is pretty accurate.

Once I had a tear in a lining of the muscle of my leg.  So I asked him if that meant my muscle was so awesome the lining could not contain it.  He told me if I wanted to say it like that I could.   So I did.  Not to mention when my brothers noticed the veins popping out in that same leg I just carried it a little further, because it makes sense to me, and told them the muscle in that leg is so awesome there was no room for the veins.

They can’t argue with that.

The doctor kind of said that if I paraphrase it enough.

I could just tell everyone that everything was ‘fine’.   But where is the fun in that?