One more topic I thought you would find useful, since I was given no info on why I had no cognitive skills for months after surgery and no explanation until I pressed the topic with my doc. Again, knowledge is truly power. Why don't they just tell us?
So I will tell you why you can't think straight, understand, or retain information, why you can't read because the words seem jumbled, or don't make since and why you keep forgeting the last sentence you read. Also why your vision is terrible and you think you need new glasses.
This is why and it's not just the daily cocktail of meds you are trying to adjust to, although that is a contributing factor for sure.
When you had surgery, it is procedure to drop the bodies tempature to slow bleeding and preserve tissue, (my doc said around 72 degrees). This has a short term temporary affect on the cognitive areas of the brain and also your eye sight, so hold off on the new glasses for a while. My doc said all should return to normal in three months, he was wrong. My sight came back, but my cognitive skills, I had to work for.
This is how I got my brain and sight back.
Mystery computor games. I couldn't read a book or magazine, I couldn't sew, or paint, or play solitaire, but the computor games were so much more visually stimulating. Also, I was looking at pictures, or a scene and not trying to focus on words. In these games you are looking for visual clues, so you have to take your time and look closely and take notes for later in the game. It worked wonders for me. The ones I played are the cheap CDs you can buy at office supplies, etc. I liked the Agatha Christie series, because they were mature, quiet and the back ground seemed to be just the right amount of stimulation. Not toooo bright, or too loud. And I cheated. Everytime I got hopelessly stuck, I would look up a walk-through on the internet, grab a few clues and go back to my game. Because this was not about being frustrated, it was about waking my brain up and reminding it how to work and process information.
There are new games just for cognitive brain fuction out there now and I highly, highly recommend them!
Now, go get your brains back!
Love to the Sisters,