Sunday, February 28, 2016

Both Neurogenesis and Neuroplasticity

"When I decided to get myself going again, it wasn't rehab. I decided to re-learn everything." From one of my webposts on Facebook

I knew I could learn VERY fast. Extremely fast. I started college at age 16, but felt I could have started earlier. I give a lot in
As soon as I could talk, I was giving my parents directions in the car. I was a child prodigy.

...Angela then entered into that realm of all knowledge, that quantum non-locality that theoretical physicists believe is real.... Probably,  since time doesn’t exist in this all knowledge state, Angela didn’t realize that it would be seven long excruciatingly difficult years to fix her brain from the original DNA blueprints."

Contrary to this, I did not intend to "heal" my brain. It may still be damaged right now. "When Pedro [Bach-y-rita] died, an autopsy, performed by Dr. Mary Jane Aguilar revealed that Paul's father Pedro had suffered a major stroke and suffered severe damage to a large portion of his brain stem, which had not repaired itself after the stroke. The fact that he had made such a significant recovery suggested that his brain had reorganized itself, providing evidence for neuroplasticity." This is about Paul Bach-y-rita's father. Paul Bach-y-rita was a famous neuroscientist.

My brain has most likely reorganized itself.

I decided to just re-learn everything. I could depend on learning something new. I couldn't depend on old skills returning. The slow, steady progress in skill attainment that is seen, is probably my rate of learning which is taken as rewiring. My learning is so fast, it is seen in awards and achievements. This happened as a child. It still happens as an adult. It is just slower.

I knew I had this ability to learn fast. What appears to be slow is actually very fast. Compare my slow recovery to another slow, almost non-existent recovery. Oh my.... It's very fast indeed! Time is relative. It depends on the comparison.

Parts of my brain may have still been alive. I think back to a neonatal developmental specialist I had as an instructor. She worked at Stanford in the hospital during the day and taught at night. She would have a second brain scan done after the bleed had cleared. She said accurate prognosis could not be made initially. (I actually studied brain bleeds in young children.)

I did have a second scan a couple years later for a brain surgery. If my brain was as bad as initial reports, this second hospital would have publicized it. The first place missed some things.

There also was most likely neurogenesis. How am I writing this? Writing skills did not exist prior to the bleed.

So is rewiring or making something new occurring? It may be a combination of both neurogenesis and neuroplasticity. My body is making something new and then it is wiring it.


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