Saturday, March 26, 2011
It has been, and continues to be, a long hard struggle. Another thing that continues is the generosity, love, commitment and friendship that Ken's friends at UNUM show us. They came the other day to give us both the money they raised during Kenapalooza, and a beautiful book they made to commemorate it. It was . . . the only word I can use is overwhelming. No, here are a few others: beautiful, humbling, gratitude, needed. Thank you.
Posted by Jamie at 2:00 PM
Saturday, March 05, 2011
If you're ever feeling a little less than your best, because you: have a cold, had children, didn't get much sleep, or,say,had a stroke, I would not recommend taking an IQ test. That's what I did this week- over about seven hours on Tuesday and Thursday, I took a "neuro-psych evaluation", which pretty much amounts to an IQ test.I've known this was coming-it was mentioned on my first day at the rehab hospital. And i know all of this was done with very good intentions- to help pinpoint cognitive deficits caused by the stroke. On the whole I've been pretty lucky on that front - at least in terms of my own perception of my cognitive abilities. And I was discharged from speech therapy (which included cognitive testing and exercises) after about a month in rehab. So that was a good sign, too. I won't have the results of this battery of testing until close to the end of the month, but based on what it felt like, I am struggling a bit with short-term memory(especially strings of more than five number)s and concentration, and my spacial skills(i.e rearranging shapes in my head)- never my strong suit- have not improved. And I should brush up on long division. On logic, language, and comprehension I felt pretty good. Basically, I'm a modern human who will continue relying on the tools of modern living: Post-Its, spellcheck, and calculators.
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
It was, thankfully, brought up to me that while thanking all my Lisa's, and Jen's I had forgotten to thank the Maddie and the Dave. And if there is anyone else I am forgetting know it is just that I am a bit scattered and not ungrateful. So, again, thank you ALL - named and unnamed!
Posted by Jamie at 5:03 PM