C’s COGNITIVE DIFFICULTIES
These points were quickly jotted down by someone who knows me best (“doctor m”) and has been with me every step of this long and often very difficult journey. Though it’s rather personal and shares my personal difficulties along life’s journey, if it helps others in some way, I’m happy to share…
This is how she sees these (my) problems and how I best manage my strategies to overcome on a daily basis. We hope this info may be helpful to other family members, care-givers and so on.
- Poor verbal skills
- slow information processing
- difficulty following orders and instructions (called “information overload” *), which makes doing a normal job extremely difficult.
- Inability to associate ideas, ie diffiçulty in following conversations * (unless its about sport!)
- Expressive dysphasia, where the words don’t come out quite right. “He knows what he wants to say, but the words don’t come out quite right.”
- Muddled thinking
- * Don’t interruipt him when he’s talking, as he totally “loses the thread” of what he was going to say
- Difficulty in following conversations, interrupts with stuff totally unrelated to the subject
- *totally impulsive”
- Inabilty to learn from previous experiences
- Gets muddled, even with 2 pieces of paper in hand and difficulty in knowing what to do next
- Memory (short-term) problems
- Does things illogically compared to “normal” people , so can’t foresee problems ahead
- Has an inability to plan and forward think.
- Fatigue (chronic) which has shaped his life
- Poor decision- making ability and inability to make quick decisions “on the hoof”
- Body clock out of synch with “normal” people. Does most intensive work at 4-30-5am (after good rest/sleep)and goes to bed very early each night.
- So after all that, no wonder I love writing and it suits me here in “Sleepy Hollow”! ** How we got here is yet another story or series of books!
m (August 2016)
m: “If I had those, your problems, c, I’d take a pill and disappear.”
c: “If I had your hearing difficulties, I’d do the same!”
What a pair!
And as a friend/colleague said: “If you were an animal, they’d put you down.”
(Just not sure which one of us he was referring to…or perhaps both!)