I’m back! Did you miss me?
I fell on the ice on January 9th, hit my head on the porch, and caught my neck on the riser. I was back in the neck brace and had another concussion. I’m really just getting my brain back now.
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Before you go thinking I’m very accident-prone or just really unlucky, let’s go back a few years…
When I was 18, I was diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder called Fahr’s Syndrome, which is characterized by abnormal deposits of calcium in the brain. Some of the calcification is in the part of my brain that has the executive function – which basically means I have ADD. One of the reasons my brain and reminder system have to work so hard is that I have effectively NO executive function. The doctors don’t know which came first, the chicken or the egg:
Did I have ADD prior to having Fahr’s or did the Fahr’s cause the ADD?
The cognitive and physical decline is happening sooner than expected, which is why I’m no longer working “hands on” with clients.
I just can’t get used to the fact that I can go, go, go at top mental capacity and then be unable to function for a few days. I keep forgetting that I only have so much “brain juice”.
I try to keep the “spoon theory” top of mind and not use up my spoons for the next days and weeks when I feel good. If you’ve never read The Spoon Theory, I highly recommend it. It will really help you understand, not just my situation, but anyone else you may know who is living with a chronic illness or disability.
Although I can’t commit to a regular schedule, I’ll still be writing about topics like life simplified, organizing and productivity, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, self-development and mental health. If you’re not already a subscriber, be sure to click on the RSS or email button above so you don’t miss a single post!