Skip to comments.Reporter's on-air gibberish was due to migraine [ Serene Branson ]
Posted on 02/17/2011 6:04:49 PM PST by NoLibZoneEdited on 02/17/2011 7:05:15 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
A TV reporter who lapsed into gibberish during a live shot outside the Grammys suffered a migraine, her doctors said Thursday.
KCBS-TV reporter Serene Branson was doing a stand-up Sunday outside the Staples Center where the award show was held when her speech became incoherent. The station quickly cut away, and she was examined by paramedics and recovered at home.
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Great she is OK and great that I am not going to hell.
Well not at least for laughing so hard at the vid.
I get migraines too.
Praise the Lord that she is okay.
For someone in that business, that has to be just about the worst thing to happen. TV people are usually pretty intense, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Ms. Branson is angry at herself about it. But I hope she understands it wasn’t her fault, and that most viewers understand that things happen sometimes.
I would think some people who think they have migraines might be having very mild seizures.
So.... botox+plastic face+TV lights= stroke-like symptoms??
Hell I thought she made a lot more sense in that video than Keith Olbermann or Chrissie Matthews on a good day.
Glad to hear she is gonna be Ok. She will be interviewed tonight on CBS 2 at 11pm..apparently these migraine headaches run in her family. Its bad enough going through something like that but to have people write nasty things about her on blogs and youtube is just downright disgusting. I never heard of a complex migraine, I get migraines too but never to that extreme
I get migraines on occassion. To those who don’t: Thank your lucky stars. They make a regular headache look like a match compared to a flamethrower.
Any sound, any light, may as well be a baseball bat, except you don’t get to go unconscious.
Supposedly, a migraine and a stroke don’t look that different on an MRI...
PS Then there are cluster headaches. Supposedly even worse. I thank God that I don’t get those. A buddy of mine does. Let’s just say, “shudder.”
I’ll swear. I had nothing to do with it. I think it was a brain fart.
I get occular migranes occaisionally....scared the crap out of me the first time. I thought I was having a stroke or an anurysm.
Ive gotten those migraine headaches where I see the flashing lights..and I freak out just from that alone. My Mom gets the same thing, except she also gets a severe headache. To see what this poor woman went through on national TV was scary. I could only watch the video once, I thought for sure it was a stroke. She is in good hands, the doctor she is seeing is top notch in LA..so she is getting the best of care. Now I understand why she didn’t go to the hospital after this happened, apparently she has had migraines ever since she was a little girl so it made sense that she probably had an idea what was going on
I get them too. The flashing zig zag lines drives me nuts.
LOL!!!! Glad to hear this. You ain’t going to hell and she is OK.LOL!!!!!!:)
I have had a few migraines and could not see, i could not walk could not talk and felt like I was going to yack my guts out.
In this case, my money is still on her chasing pain pills with liquor.
Sounds like a couple of strokes we learned about in college. One that disrupts speech into gibberish and one and disrupts hearing into gibberish. Both were rather scary.
I hope they at least did a full CAT scan on her.
The most frightening migraine I ever had, was one that didn’t hurt at all - there was only a little facial numbness and the sensation that something was really wrong with my head. Once I realized it was a migraine, it wasn’t scary.
That was the one and only painless migraine I ever had :(
That can happen. As a migrane sufferer I have had the same thing happen.
This story has made me realize that I have a lot to learn about migraines.
My mom, me, my 2 sisters and all 3 of my children get migrains, and not one of us have had this happen to us! My sister and I also get the ‘silent’ migrains, I’ve never heard of this happening.
Working for CBS can give you not only migraines, but sex assaults and beatings as well.
I was fortunate in that my bout only lasted a few months, with the headaches hitting every fourteen hours, but I know a few other sufferers who have had bouts that have lasted several years, with the headaches hitting almost one after another after another.
Me too. Generally associated with too much coffee for me.
I suffer from clusters too but they’re not headaches
My most disturbing migraines have been a few that I've had in the past year in which I had relatively little pain, but woke up off-balance, with weakness on one side of my body. The first time it happened I was afraid I'd had a stroke. My husband also has migraines, and his worst experience was suddenly going blind while driving on the expressway. It only happened once, but it scared him half to death.
Here's a tip for my fellow migraineurs - read up on magnesium and migraine. The only thing that has ever helped me to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine has been supplementation with a combination of magnesium, feverfew and niacin. I wish I'd known about it 40 years ago. It has been quite dramatic. I was having migraines 4-5 days of the week, and now it's 2-3 per month, and much milder. Waking up in the morning without a headache has been a tremendous gift. (This tip came to me from a physician's assistant, and the treatment was 'blessed' by my neurologist.)
Her eye pupils are kind of wide for that lighting.
When I was younger, I’d get a numbness in my left foot, and it would slowly work it’s way into the left side of my face. Even though I would try to speak, and knew what I wanted to say, it was like I was in a fog. Just couldn’t spit out the words, just gibberish. Had the floaters in the left eye, also. Shortly thereafter, the incredible pain would start...yes, a migraine can cause that..at least it did for me. I’m just glad she’s ok.
I have suffered from “silent migraines” for decades...I knew right away that she was having one.
I’ve had migraines since I was 6 yrs old, and I’ve never dissolved into gibberish. I find it very hard to believe she had a migraine. First of all, if she had had a migraine, there’s no way she could have a) been at work, b) stood there smiling, with her eyes wide open. With every migraine I’ve ever had, I can’t stand light, I’m rubbing my head, my face is contorted in misery, and I’m incapable of concentrating on anything except what is necessary for survival. I watched the video three times, and that woman did not have a migraine. It was some kind of stroke.
Had my first last year and thought the same thing.....pain got so severe I lost my cookies too! Hard to descibe to people who haven’t had the experience. Had two more since then but knew what to do.....super strong cup of coffee to start!
That zig-zag stuff? (Fortification Spectrum)
I never get headaches and never had a migraine until 5 years ago. (in my 70s) When that eye sensation happened — with a foot sensation — I went to the ER. All scans were negative, altho they treated me as if it were a T.I.A. It happened again (without the headache) a year later. Again all tests were negative. Then last Sunday — out of the blue — there was that blind spot and the zig-zag again, but I just let it wear away. No headache, thank goodness.
BUT — I thought I was all alone getting this thing — until I googled it. Well — I guess it is really fairly common! Even reading the posts here make me feel like one of the guys/gals! LOL!
I’m happy that reporter is OK. It was scary to watch.
But I’d love to know what triggers it.
I haven’t watched the video, but, frankly, how would you tell the difference between her gibberish and the normal gibberish spouted by the talking heads on TV? Almost all of them seem to have very little upstairs and are always stuttering and yammering, trying to say something meaningful. “Stay with us...we are wathing this important development closely and will keep you informed as soon as we know something.” Blech!
And that’s just the garden variety reporters. We could talk about Chris Matthews who is in a different league altogether. Talk about a veritable gusher of genuinely inane gibberish and garbage!
Unless it was some sort of “exotic” migraine, I agree. Smile? Eyes wide open looking into a bright light? Not sure about you but those conditions would have had me on the ground. Perhaps mine are more severe but they certainly are debilitating enough that doing a report on t.v. is OUT of the question.
Please explain what you mean by waking up “off-balance”. Do you mean the room was spinning or you just could not stand or sit up straight?
The reason I ask is because a few months ago, I could not stand up straight after getting out of bed, I had to lean over to the left about 45 degrees to gain equilibrium.
It sounds like one of those picnic races where you run to a baseball bat, stand it up with your forehead on the knob, circle the bat three times as fast as you can, and then try to run back to the starting point without falling over.
It sounds like benign positional vertigo.
happens to a lot of folks (like me, for instance)
Have you ever felt like the room was spinning when you first lay down?
I have 3 times. My doctor and the hospital all said it was due to migraines. Had a surgeon check me out too. He said the same. Have had many tests over the years. No strokes that we know about.
I have experienced some of the same problems you have; but I have had the same problem she had 3 times Not all migraine suffers have the same symptoms. Believe me; it can happen because of migraines. When I get these migraines; I have to go to the hospital and be knocked out. The only thing we can figure out is I had a horseback riding accident many years ago. Really messed up my back. That could be the cause.
Hey those things are no fun and yes I have experienced the same symptoms she has.
I noticed that I felt odd before I ever got out of bed. A little queasy, sort of a feeling of leaning to one side when I wasn't, a sense of stuffy/partial deafness on one side. When I tried to get out of bed, I nearly fell because of weakness on one side. I had trouble walking because of the weakness, and found myself holding furniture, walking very slowly and placing my feet further apart. The first time was probably the worst. I was home alone for 2 weeks because my guys were on a backpacking trip at the Scout ranch. It was a bit scary. I got on my computer and did a little searching and quickly realized that these could be migraine symptoms. Since I had a long history of migraines and no other stroke symptoms I decided to get some rest and see if it improved. I basically spent the day in bed except to feed the cats. It gradually improved, but I felt the effects for 2-3 days. Since then it's happened a couple of times, but less dramatically.
My mother and grandmother both had migraines from early in their lives. My grandmother's improved after menopause. My mother's have never gone away, but they have changed in character. She had a very severe attack of migraine pain when she was about 80. Dad took her to the ER out of fear that she was having a stroke. Since that time her migraines have mostly caused GI upset. Instead of head pain she has severe nausea and diarrhea. Migraine is a very curious syndrome.
I'm with you. I haven't had a migraine for 25 years, but when I did I couldn't speak, couldn't get off the couch, couldn't open my eyes, and especially couldn't bear any light in the room AT ALL. Had to keep the drapes pulled.
Look at the woman, she's wide-eyed and alert with lights blazing all around her. Perhaps she had a mini-stroke, but migraine...nope.
Man, that made me laugh through multiple breath intakes.
Someone asked me what a migraine feels like. I said it’s as if someone had bashed my head repeatedly with a 2 by 4 the day before. I think that probably describes what physically is going on. The brain and all its blood vessels are literally inflamed and swollen as if bruised after a trauma.
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