really...I'm intelligent

Has the "smart" area of my brain been compromised by frayed wires (aka MS) or by a 26 month "hiatus" from "professional" communication?

It has been lovingly pointed out to me that both my speech and my written word (both grammar and spelling) have declined since I "got sick".

Even Jason's Scrabble scores are getting closer to mine!

I certainly can say that I notice a difference in my speech/conversation. I pause a lot more, and I have to search for words. And if I don't pause, or search...I use the completely wrong word! For example, I have repeatedly referred to my needles as "noodles".

I can say this...I type my blogs as if I am saying them out loud. Isn't that the best way to have a conversation with you?

So as for why my communication skills have declined...I don't know. Do I care....yes. A part of me believes that NOT working...just being casual, and hanging out at home has played a role. But I have read about other people living with MS who feel that at one time, they too were succinct, clear...or crap, I can't think of the words!

Thank goodness I'm still polite and cheery...that hasn't diminished!



~ Charlene S Noto said...
September 18, 2008 at 2:21 p.m.

That area was one of my biggest concerns when I got MS. You know from my blog that I had a cognitive eval. Talk to your doctor about that if you are concerned. They won't normally order one but it is nice to get a baseline for comparisons. Also, the doc who did mine said that writing and keeping mentally occupied is one of the very best things you can do. You may very well suffer a decline but by keeping very active mentally (the scrabble game is a wonderful idea!) you will have less of a decline than if you become afraid and stop trying. Hang in there, girl!

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