Brain Power

Musings on what makes for a powerful brain. This category also includes the sub-category Brain Health, which covers all things related to brain injury.

Oct 292016
 

Well, it had to happen some time. I’ve restarted two-thirds of my brain-injury-care appointments. As of this past week, I have returned to using the TTC on my own – solely to get to brain biofeedback. So I’m not exactly using the entire TTC on my own, just one well-practiced route! As expected, it took […]

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Oct 242016
 

Walking improvement continues in sudden leaps and expected plateaux. After first two weeks of October, I suddenly improved in speed by about 12% to at times 18% in addition to walking smoother, more competently (as in normal gait, firm footfalls, balanced bilaterally most of the time). At some point in first three weeks of October, […]

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Oct 152016
 

Back to biofeedback. I was ready! Well, that was the theory. We’re easing me back in at once every other week schedule. So far, my CNIB orientation mobility trainer has guided and walked with me to it for less and less of the way each time without me actually attending an appointment. This week he […]

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Oct 072016
 
Walking Progress Update 5 Months Post-Eye Surgery in a Life with Brain Injury

Almost three weeks ago, we came to the next phase in my return to independence: riding the bus alone. Eep! “A round trip,” my CNIB orientation and mobility trainer replied, “you don’t have to get off — all you have to do is sit and not throw up!” Um, OK. My CNIB (Canadian National Institute […]

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Jul 232016
 
New Relearning Challenges Post-Eye Surgery Complicated by the Brain Injury

I wrote previously about my vision changes since my brain injury and how eye surgery 11 weeks accelerated them to give me binocular vision, proper depth perception, improved facial perception, enhanced colour perception, and new vision for details and distance. But with dramatically improved eyesight comes the need to adapt. In the Bible, Jesus healed […]

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Jul 052016
 
Eye Surgery Post Brain Injury and the Vision is Amazing

I had eye surgery to improve my reading and had rather . . . unexpected results. Full left to right panoramic vision Peripheral vision on both sides, not just one Depth perception I thought I had but apparently not because suddenly objects had crannies and hills I hadn’t seen before Details! So many more details […]

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May 022016
 

Having had a closed head injury type of brain injury aka concussion, I didn’t go through the in-hospital and surgical experiences those with skull breakage do. Although I’ve had scans, sat for hours in waiting rooms to see umpteen specialists, I haven’t had an invasive or surgical procedure since my brain injury. I will soon. […]

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Apr 252016
 

I’ve settled into a pattern of reading the wordless graphic novel Cinema Panopticum. Once a week, I read 8 pages and get a concentration headache during it. Afterward I do something mindless until I recover my energy. It’s good! Each page has from one to four pencil sketch panels. I take in a panel as […]

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Apr 082016
 

It was extremely difficult not to bounce up and down in my chair, point at the screen, and scream to my brain trainer: “Look! Look! 77!!! My heart rate has dropped down to what it used to be!!! Holy shit, man!” That 77 heart rate lasted maybe a few seconds then it rose up a […]

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