Thursday, August 13, 2015

Is Savant Syndrome Proper?


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Savant syndrome can be caused by a brain injury. This is the acquired form.
My brain injury was a stroke. "Stroke" is specifically named in the video.



I got to wondering...just how much of this "savant syndrome" did I already have?



I played the above (Hungarian Rhapsody by Franz Liszt) at my first piano recital. I was 5 years old. I was already hearing the word "prodigy." So congenital or acquired savant syndrome becomes a question. I was in gifted classes growing up. I left high school when I was 16 years old. I had a Bachelor's degree when I was 19.

It was off to work then. Forget school. Real life beckoned. I got my M.A. while working two part-time jobs. I moved and had my first child. It had been full-time work and my children until now.

That stopped when I was hospitalized. I actually decided to use these other skills you see when I got out of the hospital. Namely it was just the memory and ability to learn at that time.

The writing thing that you see now has evolved to this. My writing is due to my ability to learn. So I wonder how much is acquired? It's not even there yet of diagnosing savant syndrome. Medical records still have me as unconscious...and that's a battle! I don't even know if savant syndrome is the proper disorder.

(Just because savant syndrome never occurred so low before, doesn't mean it can't now. Medicine has advanced.)

Saturday, August 1, 2015

AVM Bleed


In 2002 I had an Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) that bled. This video shows a simple AVM and repair.



A second bleed would kill me. Most would have died from that first bleed.

The AVM was removed in 2004 in a risky surgery that only a private university would do. I had to sign many papers. The place couldn't be sued if I died.

Obviously, I survived.
 
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This is where a government error lies. The surgery wasn't in their parameters. So it didn't exist and never occurred.

The way they had it figured, a second bleed would kill me. Family was told I "wouldn't make it to 40." (I'm 45 as of this writing.)

No AVM meant there was nothing to bleed. An early death should have been erased. If case management was done, this would have been taken care of. Instead an error was carried forward.

Now it's a miracle I'm still alive. (This is erroneous thinking.)
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Give that university, Stanford, credit for the skill of it's doctors. The process wasn't easy. It took over a month. There was no magic.

The video shows a procedure called 'embolization.' I had a few at Stanford before the AVM was removed. This video is simple. It is done one time and is represented by the blue line going up the woman's body. It then shoots a substance, glue in my case, into feeder blood vessels of the AVM. I had brain surgery through an incision in my leg; amazing!

My AVM was eventually removed after a few of these. Routine brain surgery was done for that.

As you can see, there was no magic.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

I Re-Set My Clock


 



I sure don't look 45. I figured I "re-set my clock" with the neurogenesis. The way it happened makes me wonder if it will be perpetual, though. With re-setting my clock, signs of aging will be delayed.


The neurogenesis was the repair of neural damage in my brain cells. Aging would be damage to all cells. If it was my stem cells that repaired damage, then there would be repair throughout my body.


Enough information does not exist yet to determine any outcome. I used the word "if". This is all possibility. We don't know for sure unless it does or does not happen.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Only Reason?


Neuroplasticity can't possibly be the only reason for re-acquiring lost skills due to a brain injury. Here's why...
 



My right hand was paralyzed. Not only does it move now, but I can sign the alphabet in ASL sign language. I do not use sign language.

Now if neuroplasticity is the only reason for regaining lost skills, then I could say that other people that have regained hand movement can also sign. Everyone has this ability.

This isn't true? I created something new?
 
 
 


Sunday, June 7, 2015

1000 Problems


The number 1000 bothered me.  'We will be able to live to 1,000' http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk/4003063.stm

It sounds like do one thing, and be able to live to a thousand. I looked more into it. Mostly because that one thing may have already happened to me. The other is people in general should know what to expect.

Doing one thing is not what Aubrey de Grey is saying exactly. He's proposing that one person have several treatments of one type. Each treatment resets a person's clock. So the person having treatment goes 80 years, has a treatment, resets his/her clock, goes another 80 years, and resets their clock again. They do this until they reach a thousand. Technically, a person could go on forever.


However, there is a possibility that a person will not need several treatments. "When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential either to remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function." http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/basics/pages/basics1.aspx

In many people, it will be the specialized cells to develop. For longevity a new treatment will have to be done because the stem cell division is done. However, there exists the possibility new stem cells were created. This makes a new treatment unnecessary. This type of data does not exist. I can only say there is a possibility.


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The one thing that may have occurred with me is a release of my own adult stem cells. It may not have only fixed my immediate problem, but also thrown me into this longevity issue.


Enough information does not exist yet to determine any outcome.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Thousand Year Question






How long can I be in a coma? I'm not physically, but I am on paper. This has caused problems, but nothing that is currently dire.

Now here is something unusual that might have occurred to a biologist or someone with background in biology. Aging is the accumulation of damage in the cells. If this damage is repaired, then there is no aging.

What I proposed is that neurogenesis happened due to adult stem cell release. Damage in neural cells is repaired. I can write.

I'm not just a head. I do have a whole body. Cell repair won't only be neural. The accumulation of damage to other cells in my body will be repaired. This has implications, 'We will be able to live to 1,000' http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk/4003063.stm

I'm alive when I am supposed to be dead. People need to start asking questions.



 I did not replace my brain. I proposed that adult stem cells repaired it.



I go back to how long can I be in a coma. Will I be in a coma for a thousand years? That sounds ridiculous, but this whole thing is. I've already explained why I wouldn't die when expected. It's called surgery to remove the cause, but the government wouldn't do it. Now I'm still in a coma and not dead. Something is probably going on to remove accumulated damage from all my cells, not just the neural ones that allow me to write this.

I wonder...how will I be in a thousand years?

 
 
 

 
 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Why Was I Prepared?


I woke up and knew. What I experienced was covered by knowledge I used in work. Where I had been prior to leaving and having a brain bleed...
 

I was primarily in the home of the child receiving services from where I worked. I was basically a special education teacher for children not old enough to go to school yet. My goal was simple...try to get these kids to where they didn't need a special class, or at least a lot less. So when I woke from a coma and was told I had a bleed, I knew. I would over-hear medical professionals name specific brain parts. I knew what those were. I thought, "Wait! I need that part to understand."

Something was already odd when I woke.

I was also the manager of that program. I didn't like doing it, but I bossed people around. I couldn't talk, but I could dictate orders. It wasn't a quick and easy process, but I'd do it. Again, odd.

Now I write.

Has anyone ever asked "why"? Why did I have neurological education? My main degree is in psychology. Why did I work with brain injured children? We didn't call it rehab. We called what we did education. It was the same thing. This is just more strange stuff.

Why did I know what I had? Why did I know what to do? Why was I prepared for this?