There are still parts of the jigsaw that I’m dealing with that I’m trying to piece together, with regard to my Cerebral Palsy injury.
I continue to have to work out what my symptoms are, then equate those symptoms back to my neurological difficulties to work out the answers. Sounds simple, yet in reality it’s difficult, but I find a way. I know my Cerebral Cortex is extensively damaged and where the frontal lobe deals with emotions, personality, speech, body movement and decision making, through my intuition I compensate to make those work.
The frontal lobe, which contains the pre-frontal cortex, also plays a part in short and long-term memory. Where my short-term memory is poor, my long-term memory is excellent. I have problems with fine movements, arm strength and attention and memory issues. I also have extensive damage to the frontal lobe and that causes problems around social and emotional behaviour, which I’ve had to learn.
I tend to have to read situations and people. The right frontal lobe that deals with communication is also affected. Its function is to help comprehend communication by substituting or reinforcing verbal communication, regulate conversational flow and recognise other forms of communication including humour.
Although I have to compensate for those, others have difficulty with understanding and working around me. That’s where I tend to come unstuck.