My new Neurologist requested that I have my cognition evaluated again. For several reasons— it’s been 2 years since the testing was last done, another Neuro took me off treatment for 4 months (See post Want PART I and Have PART II) and I am clearly experiencing some short term memory issues.

Comparison of BRAIN FUNCTIONING in Non-MS Patients (NMO) versus MS Patients

LTM is Long Term Memory

STM is Short Term Memory

SI is Sensory Input

EF is Executive Functioning

I visited Dr. Schroeder, Neuropsychologist, on Wednesday.  Since Dr. Schroeder completed my last battery of tests I knew who he was and what to expect.  He is such a gentle man and so easy to converse with.  An hour and 20 minutes later after discussing my life including emotional, physical, and cognitive changes in the past two years he arranged to put me through a battery of tests. Some of the tests will be the same as in 2016 to compare and others different.  I will be tested on September 13th and hear the results of the testing on October 10th.


The issue that I am the most concerned with is how my short term memory will compare from 2016 to 2018.  In 2016 for my education level and age my biggest issue was memory.  At that point I was in the bottom 10% of the on target range, again for my education level and age.



My current issues are:

  • forgetting what I wanted to say
  • forgetting what I was going to do
  • forgetting what exactly was said and assertaining what it meant
  • forgetting what exactly was said and remembering how I wanted to respond
  • forgetting the right word for the situation/meaning
  • forgetting the details
  • forgetting where I put something

(Short-term memory is the capacity for holding, but not manipulating, a small amount of information in mind in an active, readily available state for a short period of time.)


Creative Visualization:
Your visuo-spatial ability is in fact many different kinds of ability, ranging from picking out details, to perceiving the arrangement of those details into patterns, to fitting those patterns into a knowledge base so you know what to do with them.

Like your other faculties, your visuo-spatial intelligence can be maintained or left to deteriorate. Visual close-ups can challenge you to project those details onto a larger pattern, thus exercising your right-brain-dependent holistic-imaging skills. Familiar patterns with a subtle detail or two out of place can test your attention to objective minutiae. And tasks demanding mental rotation of three-dimensional visual objects can be a real brain-buster, until you learn to get the hang of it.

Memory & Learning:
Memory is a partner in developing all other mental skills. The key to learning is the brain’s ability to convert a current experience into code and store it so, later, the experience can be recalled for your benefit. The brain codes some kinds of inputs from the senses permanently with no conscious effort on your part. It can also store other kinds of data because you consciously pass that data through a rehearsal loop repeatedly — which, incidentally, can also take place during sleep.

Executive Planning:
The front part of the cortex (the wrinkled outer covering of the brain) allows you to foresee goals and take the steps necessary to execute your plans. As the most recently-evolved part of the brain, the frontal lobes also house the most fragile parts of our identity, and support the faculties that require the most conscious effort and practice if you want to maintain them.

The flip side of the fragility of executive functions is that they are also the most malleable and improvable with practice. The best way to be an expert at organizing information and using it to your advantage is to work at it. Because your frontal-lobe functions are so consciously accessible, this is an easier matter — as long as you’re willing to make the effort — than, say, learning to adjust your brain-stem-governed body rhythms.

Language & Math:
Our acquisition of language in infancy is so instinctual and automatic that we sometimes take it for granted. Recent evidence shows us that a life-long willingness to push the envelope of our linguistic abilities helps keep our brain cell’s dendritic branches from atrophying, and may even help prevent Alzheimer’s.Almost all of us fall within the same range of basic mathematical ability. Why, then, do so many of us avoid mental arithmetic calculations and math-games with the excuse that we’re just “not good at math”? But those of us who think of math as something we’re simply not good at tend to leave the mental calculations to others. By allowing ourselves to settle into this kind of pattern, we allow our mathematical acuity, and general mental alertness, to slip. This is, in fact, exactly why most of us who really are “not good at math” have become this way — because we’ve become comfortable thinking of ourselves this way.Emotional Response:
Neuroscience is revealing the loci in the brain of our emotional faculties, and the neural pathways linking emotion to the “intellectual” functions of the mind. Emotion is intimately linked to cognition, and to the maintenance of the health of our brain cells as well as our body’s immune system.Social Interaction:
Social interaction is a skill you may not think of as “mental,” but you really can’t ignore it if you want to boost your brainpower and maximize the effectiveness of your other mental skills. Some of the most interesting recent brain research has shown us ways that social skills are tied to all the other traditional measures of intelligence. A person may have a razor-sharp logical acumen and yet be unable to use that skill to make logical life decisions, or even to engage in productive social interactions. Social interaction is also one of the three pillars of a so-called “enriched environment,” along with mental stimulation and physical exercise. That’s the kind of environment that serves to keep all cognitive skills sharp, to boost the production of new brain cells, and even to lower Alz


    1. Yes—-I am working hard each day to be sure to find beauty and joy!!! It will all be good as long as I stay aware of my goals!!
      Result: 😊😀😃😄😁😆🤣☺️😊🙂)

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  1. Interesting and thanks for sharing….fingers crossed all goes well for you and by sharing your adventures, you will probably be helping someone else… 🙂 as for me, I think that sometimes I get so many thoughts all at the same time that the original got put on the back burner, sometimes referred to as “multi-tasking”… 🙂

    “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    1. I used to be the Master of Multi-Tasking!! I genuinely can’t call it that anymore as I forget about all of the tasks or what they were. It stinks but on a positive note I taught ESOL Students who needed supports in place to remember the meaning of some of the verbiage in the moment. I’ll go back and apply some of those support strategies to myself!! 😊

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  2. I am thinking of you and sending you LOTS of positive vibes. I hope the test results are even better than you are anticipating. Personally, I hate these tests because they discourage me more than encourage, especially when I have to talk to my current doctor (she isn’t very pleasant). I know things have not been all that easy for you lately, but keep your head held high and believe in yourself!! Things will get better!!


    1. Such kind thoughtful words Alyssa!!
      Like with your MRI I will have to stay focused and think positive. It will all be good!!

      And emotionally — I’ll stay focused on FINDING MY HAPPY!! Eventually it will all come naturally again as life ebbs and flows again. I try to remind myself this is temporary— whether the storm ☔️ and the other side will bring rainbows 🌈!!

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      1. The struggles of life tend to halt our determination, but try to keep your eye on the ball! Things can turn around with the change of our perception to what we encounter. I know it is easier said than done, but try to think of the positive aspects of life. I have never once thought that life was meant to be easy, but ALL the struggles create the strength we have inside.

        Happiness is a choice we all must make. Pushing through the sad days will only give us even more hope in the future!

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