When there is a rock in our path, we can stumble over it or use it as a stepping stone.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

April update

My wrist is fully healed and I can type again but I just have not had the mental energy to come post in awhile.   I am going to copy and paste the update I did for my neurologist.   I find it much easier to prepare a typed update for my doctors in advance when I have time to think about it then to leave a doctor visit realizing that I had forgotten half of what I wanted to tell the doctor when I was there.

    Deterioration since last visit:

Further marked decline in math abilities.  Estimate down to third grade level now as sometimes even addition and subtraction with just two digits numbers gives wrong results.  I use very basic computer math puzzles to try to keep an eye on my math skills.

Verbal - still high overall (as this note shows) but I am now seeing some instances where instead of just using the wrong noun or using a homonym of a word when typing, I am occasionally starting to use the wrong form of a verb such as typing "I be" instead of "I am."   I am finding that very frustrating as it makes me appear uneducated.

Time sense - I am finding myself more likely to get distracted and lose track of time.  I often know I want to do something at a certain time but get caught up doing something up and lose all track of time.

Overall Health:

I have been making a very conscious effort to eat healthy and try to do some form of exercise almost every day.  I am reading and doing a variety of things on the computer every day to keep giving my brain as much exercise as possible.  I use a variety of computer games to work on memory, hand - eye coordination, etc. to try to slow down the rate of brain cell death.

The extra 10 pounds I gained over the past year has been slowly coming back off and I am finding that I have more energy.

I firmly believe that the deterioration section above would be much longer if I was not working hard to keep myself in shape mentally and physically.  


March 08, 2012 update

I'm finding my reading is slowing back down again.   This originally happened before I went on the Exelon.   The Exelon restored my reading ability for quite a few years.     I still read daily,  but I am finding it is taking me significantly longer to get through a book now than what I consider to be normal for myself.

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I am not going to beat myself up if I don't do it but I will try to make an effort to come in at least once a month now to do an update for as long as I can.    I can still read and write and type, what is going is the motivation ...