I can read....

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slk123
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I can read....

Post by slk123 » June 7th, 2018, 7:57 pm

Believe it or not, it's been just over 3 1/2 years since my SCAs and I'm now just starting to read books. Sounds pretty ridiculous if you ask me, but it's true. I wasn't able to read books or even short articles because my brain wouldn't retain the information I was reading. I didn't know it at the time, but now I believe the part of my brain which works with short term memory was effected by the SCAs. I'm now able to read a chapter or two, remember what I had read, and how the story line goes. Don't get me wrong, it's not all healed or remapped itself, but at least I remember what was happening in the book before picking it up again. This feels SO good!!!!
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Post by TruckerRon » June 8th, 2018, 10:17 am

I was luckier. I regained my short-term memory function about 2 days after my SCA... though if I had it all to do over again I might have faked it NOT returning when it comes to certain boring tasks about the house.
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Post by Ozchrissy » June 8th, 2018, 10:06 pm

Oh sweety pie, I didn't know that you lost this important ability. I am so happy for you, now when everyone is at school or kinder, you can now curl up in your favourite chair and go into the world of your favourite book, with your puppy by your side. I am so happy for you.

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Post by mykidsmom » June 9th, 2018, 10:45 am

Congratulations stacey.....this feels so good doesnt it...after my first sca i lost the ability to retain directions....after my 2nd i couldnt remember numbers which sorta forced me into retirement (accountant lol) but the last couple of scas did away with my ability to read...at first i think jez im coming out of this with adhd cos i couldnt sit still either...but it was till recently like in the past month i seemed to regain the ability to sit and read thro a book.....stacey it was exhausting not to be able to do it lol...i became a news a holic cos i could retain short pieces of info mostly read from the net...good look girl and enjoy..i most certainly did suffer brain damage which now seems to have repaired itself......x0x000x
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Post by Colin Pearson » June 9th, 2018, 1:31 pm

I've gone the other way. I used to read a lot but haven't picked up a book since the SCA/ICD.

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Post by mykidsmom » June 9th, 2018, 3:42 pm

this was me since the last slew of cardiac arrests colin....i'm betting it will resolve itself..its taken me just close on 4 years.....good luck
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Post by mrag » June 9th, 2018, 4:25 pm

I had that attention span problem too. I started with porn. Shorter stories, simpler plots, lots of pics. Helped me stay focused.
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Post by ROBO Pop » June 9th, 2018, 8:52 pm

mrag wrote:
June 9th, 2018, 4:25 pm
I had that attention span problem too. I started with porn. Shorter stories, simpler plots, lots of pics. Helped me stay focused.
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Post by TruckerRon » June 9th, 2018, 11:16 pm

ROBO Pop wrote:
June 9th, 2018, 8:52 pm
mrag wrote:
June 9th, 2018, 4:25 pm
I had that attention span problem too. I started with porn. Shorter stories, simpler plots, lots of pics. Helped me stay focused.
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Post by mykidsmom » June 10th, 2018, 11:26 am

thanks Ron...your so right....theres no way he started with porn...he started with Good night moon...and progressed to Franklin rides a bike.
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Post by luvmydogs » June 11th, 2018, 8:52 am

I have not had an SCA (just CHF) but do have trouble with the reading also. I talked with my doctor about the "brain fog" and switched beta blockers which does seem to make a difference for me. I was even concerned enough that I thought I should try to stimulate my brain more with crosswords and soduko. I bought books and tried the first page- realized I was more of an idiot than I thought and gave up, lol! Truly though, I just can't seem to work with numbers or concentrate like I used to. And it has to be a really good book to keep my attention.

Glad you are back to reading.
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Post by ROBO Pop » June 11th, 2018, 10:13 am

Please note, I've had my hand raised waiting to be called on for quite some time, so I guess I'll break etiquette and just jump in. wavhi

I too am struggling and it came on rather suddenly. Had to restart a novel so many times I finally gave up, every time I get to the middle of the book, I forget what it was all about. No matter what tricks I try to stimulate the mind, it just gets nowhere. As some may note, I recently started using a CPAP machine and am hoping this may help clear the fog. I just finished day, or really night 4 and I'm still stupid...
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