Going round in circles

Just been back to cognitive therapist ~ it has been useful but he has admitted that their is not a lot that can be done half a century from my accident

He has accepted that I want to know about my injury he thinks that I damaged FOUR parts of my brain I am have to see my GP to discuss whether a referral to a neurological specialist may be useful

The problem is (without being neurotic ) I just want answers

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  • Keep pressing on - information is power and you deserve some answers. A wise soul I know always says about doctors - accept their diagnosis but don't accept their prognosis. There may not be a lot that can be done from his perspective but there may be small things you learn that will help you deal with it better and improve the quality of your life. After all, not long ago the medical establishment was adamant that nerve damage was irreversible and the brain was fixed - and now of course we know the brain can develop new pathways so it has all changed.

  • You have every right to find out about your accident, what parts of the brain were injured as this will explain why you have the symptoms. On the Headway site is some very good articles about different parts of the brain and what damage to particular bits will be. Then you can do battle with coping strategies etc.

    As for all that 'rehabilitation only works in the first year, after that you can't improve' business I would say that things slow up to a slow crawl and you may not notice improvement. A few weeks I managed to do something I'd had difficulties with but now I can't even remember what it was.

    Someone recently put me on to free on-line jig saws (the beauty is no lost pieces and they don't clutter up the dinning room table for days on end). The time taken for even small ones was pretty dire, but I began to speed up and recognise more pieces that matched up. Has it improved my everyday life? I couldn't say, but it was relaxing and I could see an improvement in something I was doing.

  • thank you for your kind comments I should have mentioned that I accept I have improved vastly over the years and i fully accept that even after all this time I an still developing new skills to manage my disabilities

    And as you have said knowledge is power with that knowledge I will be able to bring some closure of the last half century

  • MY POST KIND OF VRIFTS AWAY FROM THE SUBJECT A BIT. FIRSTLY I AM FASCINATED BY MY BI & WANT TO KNOW AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE SO BOMBARD THE NEURO & NEUROSURGEON(WHEN I WAS UNDER ONE WITH QUESTIONS. I ONLY HAVE 2 DAMAGED LOBES.

    SECONDLY YOUR PIECE ABOUT JIGSAWS MADE ME BURST INTO TEARS. I TEND TO DO THIS AN RANDOM THINGS (LIKE MY MOTHER'S PEG BAG OF ALL THINGS) BUT IT JUST REMINDED ME OF HOW MUCH WE HAVE TO COPE WITH & HOW TENACIOUS & BRAVE WE CAN BE OVERCOMING OUR ISSUES. DON'T KNOW WHY THIS MAD ME CRY, I AM A REAL WATERBAG THESE DAYS.

    WELL DONE FOR DOING THE JIGSAWS, I'D BE HOPELESS. MY CRAPPY EYESIGHT WOULD MAKE IT HARD & I HAVE COMPLETELY LOST THE POWER OF LOGIC SO THE PIECES WOULD BE ALL OVER THEPLACE!

  • Some of the on-line puzzle sites will let you choose 4 12 or 20 piece puzzles and only display the edges first. I started with 12 piece puzzles and worked up.

  • DO YOUHAVE THE WEBSITE ADDRESSES? I'D LIKE TO HAVE A GO.

  • Try thejigsawpuzzles.co/ you have a choice of buildings, pets, art, castles etc. and can chose the number of pieces and there is also a timer if you wanted to see if you were speeding up. There are others for variety.

  • I truly get the need to know...but please do be careful not to get stuck in the search for answers... I really hope you can find a balance that works for you. There is a saying that "It is hard to move forward if you are looking back...."

  • I agree but It came to light that I am been treat for physical disabilities such as stumbling and falling which may be caused by damage to the Cerrelebum (sorry if its spelt wrong ) as one example

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