My over-compensating senses

If I woke up tomorrow without Cerebral Palsy, I wouldn’t be able to write in the way I do now and therefore wouldn’t have my website. Because of my specific neurological differences, where some of my senses have over-compensated, I can now write.

When the senses are impaired, the brain does more with the information it gets from the remaining senses. The brain relies more on information from our working senses. The brain doesn’t simply compensate, but it works to better process information.

For example, when we lose our sight, the brain relies more on the information from the other senses to help us get around. Some of it will be used to help us navigate through sound and touch, but other processing powers will help us smell and taste better.

That’s doesn’t replace our ability to see, but it does make our other senses process information better and that makes our other senses work stronger. In my own case, it’s taken me 8 years to piece together my own symptoms.

5 May, 2018

4 thoughts on “My over-compensating senses

  1. No one should experience what you have and I suspect the story isn’t over just yet. Each day is another source of discovery for you and therefore for us too.

    1. It helps to hear you say that. Your words make me feel understood for the first time in my life, with the responsibility being placed on those responsible who could have helped me but failed to do so over the years.

      Yes, no one should have to go through what I’ve been through, you’re right. I have a beautiful website supported by lots of amazing people. Without my experiences I would have nothing to draw on for inspiration, or by righting a wrong.

      What happened is not right of course and I will never accept that it is, but I’m looking to what it has given me and am thankful for that.

  2. Yes, the brain always finds a way to compensate for any issues, which ends up allowing us to be able to do what we need to do, as in your case, being able to write.

    I’m sure mine was damaged, when the girl tried to crush my skull when I was 4, but the only thing I remember happening medically, was that I had a CAT scan because the guy wasn’t very pleasant and I thought he was going to break my neck twisting my head around.

    I have ended up with depth perception issues that make backing up in a car very difficult, which is how I backed up into another car recently. It just would have been nice to have dealt with these issues when I was younger.

    I also have PTSD too, which in a lot of ways has actually helped me to compensate for many of my issues.

    1. Thanks Randy. Yes, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by a traumatic or distressing event.

      Do you remember what your parents said about the results of your CAT scan? I can imagine at 4 years old that would be very frightening, but perhaps it would help you shed light on your symptoms, as well as your PTSD.

      Having waited 46 years to start looking into my own symptoms, it helps to have the answers I didn’t have before. To finally put a name to my symptoms has allowed me to bring closure on most or all of what I deal with.

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