Just a quick post, as folk know I like to share apposite stroke viewing. I’ve just started watching Brain Games, a National Geographic programme on the Disney channel, I believe it is also available on Amazon but comes at a small price. So far, it has been quite interesting with the first hour episode about the visual and aural cortex. Rather fitting for stroke survivors like myself with cognitive visual/spatial disabilities. The programme is presented in a modern, pop way but is backed by serious science and has vignettes hosted by neuroscientists and neurologists &c. It is not, thus far, about stroke per se, but the material is all about the brain, so a good crash course in what our brains must do in order to function everyday.
My shoulder is slowly recovering, the sling is off. I managed to take Molly out for a left-handed walk into the woods to pick gorse flowers, and I had her on a short lead, allowing her three paddles in the river. My symptoms are still at the forefront of my waking hours. My cognitive visual and spatial reflex is still causing giddiness if I turn too fast or am surrounded by too much visual noise. Walking through long grass or across the busy, leafy Autumn ground plays havoc on my eyesight, but as unsettling as it can be, I trudge ever forward.
The tinnitus roars at night and in the morning, and occasional bouts of nausea follow any kind of prolonged, erratic movement.
Actually, one enjoyable aspect of Brain Games is that there are audience participation brain games throughout the show, and one game was concentrating on an X in the centre of a circle made up on purple dots. Each purple dot would momentarily disappear in revolution clockwise, while concentrating on the X, the blanked out dot would appear green, while concentrating on the dots, the blanked out dot would just appear white. This shows how the brain maps a pattern in movement. I found with me, not only could I see the “green dot” (that wasn’t actually there) but I also noticed each purple dot was surrounded by a green halo. This proves to me that my vision is delayed or struggling to map out the rotation of the missing dot. I need to think on this some more, but fascinating to see the disability occurring visually in this way.