Saturday, October 29, 2016

Screwed Up Senses

I hear this 24/7. From the time I wake up until I go to sleep, I hear a non-stop tone.

I've had this since I was little. It's not "ringing in the ears." It's a non-stop tone. That sound is a given. It stopped Dec 2002 - March 2016. It had stopped so long, that I forgot I had it. In Dec 2002 I had a severe brain injury. Almost everything stopped. Some things come back years later. This was unexpected.

Since the brain injury, a new screwed up sensation started. I'd smell something out of the blue. I took it as something was happening in my brain. I wrote a whole paper on how smell can rehab the brain. I later find out about neurogenesis.

Neurogenesis, the creation of new neurons in the brain, is known to happen in two places. One of these places just happens to be the olfactory bulb, or the smell center in our brain. "This new work confirms that neurogenesis in the human olfactory bulb is a marginal phenomenon in adults."

Now, here's the strange one... touch the back of my head and my foot kicks. I will scratch an itch on my head and be kicking the whole time. I looked for it in the literature. It is called "referred itch."
Ever scratch an itch on your stomach and feel the scratch on your elbow? Or scratch your leg and feel a prickly sensation on your neck? You’re not alone. Lots of people report feeling a sensation from a scratch in places far from where they’re scratching.
Mine is severe. Usually only the sensation will be felt, but I all out kick. It has calmed down over the years, but early on it scared the heck out of a lady cutting my hair. Every time she combed the back of my head, my foot would spasm and I'd kick. I told her not to worry, it was a wonderful result of brain surgery.


Going back to the top, "That sound is a given. I've had it since I was little. It stopped Dec 2002 - March 2016. It had stopped so long, that I forgot I had it. In Dec 2002 I had a severe brain injury." I already had something. The other two examples occurred AFTER a brain injury. You can say I now have a more "delightful" experience.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Disabled or Idiot?

This is what they get for not updating their records- a bright person in a supposedly unconscious body. Initial indicators pointed at permanent unconsciousness, but when did people gain the ability to see the future? It didn't go that way, though. I didn't fall into expectations. I'm not unconscious. Now I write this and it is ignored. "La, la,la, I can't hear you" is how I'm treated. Maybe they think I'll go away.

I did not get this way over-night. Much information has already been lost in the treatment and recovery of brain injury. I propose there are other less fortunate recoveries. For starters, there is an entire category called "semi-vegetative." One of which I am part of. This category starts as unconscious, but then starts to show signs of consciousness. I'd like to know when I am unconscious now. Is it when I am sleeping? If that is the case then I am permanently semi-vegetative. I would say some of the other people I have seen have returned to consciousness with cognitive damage (it appears to be severe). 

Those who were multiple language speakers need to be tested in their primary language. I remember a girl who reported her father did speak, but only to family from Thailand. He forgot English.

It has already been warned that a person can return to consciousness.
Severe brain damage represents an immense medical, social, and economic problem that warrants further research. Chronically unconscious or minimally conscious patients present unique problems for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and everyday management. Theyre vulnerable to being denied potentially life-saving therapy if clinical research remains solely focused on the acute stage of the disease.

So people deserve it. They had already been warned.

This is probably what happened to me, "Their quantification of white matter reorganization shows long-distance rewiring in posterior medial cortices, possibly reflecting axonal sprouting or neurite outgrowth, maybe even related to neurogenesis (known to occur primarily in associative cortices in normal primates)."

I have this written elsewhere and it is much simpler,
"The nerve fibers from the cells were severed, but the cells themselves remained intact." Nerve cells that have not died can form new connections." 

I have been writing on-line for folks who have brain injuries, disorders, or are just interested. I have some background in the area and a brain injury of my own. I've taught (last was a lecture in 2002 on Special Needs Children). Writing this stuff on the brain comes natural. 

In my case, those tiny "nerve fibers" seen in the study of the man who was in a coma nearly 20 years would have hooked up to my cognition areas. If you knew me before, then you are not surprised by me writing this. My old cognition areas were known to be quite high. (High enough to attract a school psychologist when I was 9.)

The brain is more than cognition. It is also motor skills. Gee, I don't walk and I typed all of this with my left index finger. I'd say there is brain damage to the motor areas of my brain. There is nothing wrong with my thinking.

Brain damage makes me disabled. It does not make me an idiot.

They can't nod because there are no motor skills.