Saturday, March 31, 2012

Joys of Tax Time and Therapy

Seal of the United States Internal Revenue Ser...
Seal of the United States Internal Revenue Service. The design is the same as the Treasury seal with an IRS inscription. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Hubby and I have been plowing through our taxes.  I have been moaning and groaning all the way because of all the fun of sorting out medical expenses.

As my Gentle Readers can guess from my blog, I have a lot of medical deductions.  This involves the joy of sorting out what got covered with our Flex Spending Account, what reimbursements came in from insurance, and what we actually paid for out of pocket.  Since most of my therapy is out of network, I am having fun sorting out the entire mess.  Oufff!

Additionally, I have found that there are some indirect expenses that I can take off as well.  All the mileage too and from the doctors is deductible.  The IRS didn't make it easy for 2011.  They split the year in half:  19 cents for the first half of 2011, and 23.5 cents for the second half.    So I have been counting up the mileage to all my doctors.  As a huge chunk are on the other side of Philadelphia (natch), I have a 72 mile round trip to the doctors on the Main Line, a 100 mile round trip out to Glen Mills and a whopping 160 mile round trip out to Lancaster.  Even the local ones add up,  Doylestown is a 34 mile round trip but there are lots of visits out that away.   I haven't even started to include the tolls on the PA turnpike yet with Easy Pass.  We are amazed at what we can write off on just transportation.

I also found out that I can deduct meals eaten at a hospital or nursing home.  Also, I can deduct cost of staying overnight at a hotel (up to $50) for medical treatment.

I just can't wait till I am finished playing with the paperwork... Oy!
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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Our Wild Divine

The grand Meditation Hall of the Burmese Buddh...
The grand Meditation Hall of the Burmese Buddhist Temple, Singapore. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When I take a step back and look at what's been happening to me and my husband since I started this blog, we have been going on a great inner journey.   Thus, the Journey Through The Cortex title.

However, this journey hasn't been totally one of just our sensory systems coming on line.  There has also been a spiritual side too.  For me, it has manifested itself in getting in touch with the more mystical side of Catholicism but also in doing more meditative activities.   Lately, Hubby has been getting more involved in meditation as well, too; but, in a different form.

Hubby has been doing a form of heart felt meditation that we learned in Assisi.  It differs from Buddhist meditation in that you look into your heart and concentrate on a feeling of love.  Sometimes, he also uses the emWave, a home based form of biofeedback.  The emWave is a pretty cool device as you sync your breathing with your heart rate and a positive emotional state.

Unfortunately, with tinnitus, being calm and empty doesn't work for me.  I just hear ringing in my ears and I get distracted.  So, I need something to focus on.  I do say the Rosary and Novenas but I have wanted to add a more physically based routine.   I have thought of adding emWave to my daily routine as I think I would get in a rather nice focused state.  However, I'd also like a little entertainment as well.  I've been doing these rather dull, repetitive exercises and it would be nice to have a little fun.

So, I found this game, Journey To the Wild Divine, which incorporates biofeedback into a fantasy game based loosely on a sort of hero's quest.  You develop meditation skills to gain greater control of unconscious bodily processes by observing and reacting to the changes in the game's various activities, which reflect the body's current state.  Journey to the Wild Divine comes with a  USB-based biofeedback reader. The device attaches to three fingers, and measures heart rate variability and skin conductance level. Heart rate variability measures the amount of variability between heart beats, which has been reported to be associated with various pathologic conditions. Skin conductance level indicates the amount of perspiration on the skin surface, which is a measure of stress in the body.  So, the game adjusts to the amount of disturbance in your body.

A number of holistic doctors and practioners,  Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra, Jean Huston, and Dean Ornish , have collaborated on the game.  It's quite engaging to make the journey and Hubby and I enjoyed our first attempt at it.  Hubby is much better at controlling himself with his biorhythms than I so I handed over the controls to him.  I guess I have some catching up to do.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

We Are SOOO LAME!!!

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24:  Dancer Derek Hough an...
Dancer Derek Hough and dancer/actress Jennifer Grey,(Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Have you ever looked at yourself in horror and wondered what got you in the position that you are in?

My Occupational Therapist, Wilma, told me to start moving within an hour of getting up.  She wants to improve my ability to focus by getting blood to the brain first thing in the morning.  One of things she told us to do, especially on a rainy day, when you don't want to go outside is to dance to a fast beat.

Les Black Eyed Peas en concert privé au VIP Ro...
Les Black Eyed Peas en concert privé au VIP Room Paris. avec will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo et Fergie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So, hubby and I have started dancing.  It is just not a pretty sight.  We certainly aren't contestants for Dancing With the Stars!   Nor are we dressed for dancing in our bathrobes  as we bop to the Black Eyed Peas Channel on Pandora.   We are more akin to the commercial for the Xbox Kinnect where the teens are looking at their parents hopping around and telling them in so many words that they are sooo Lame!

We do try and incorporate moves that cross the midline so we are hitting our knees with our opposite elbows and
Brain buttons, as prescribed by Brain Gym
Brain buttons, as prescribed by Brain Gym (Photo credit: Wikipedia)s.  Also, we are adding some moves from Brain Dance like touching, pinching, slapping, 
brushing ourselves all over  so we get some sensory stimulation.  I have been looking at Brain Gym for some more brain friendly moves to add to our routine.

However, I do think we should up the aesthetic portion of our dance.  You know, dancing is an art. Maybe I should pull up the great Youtube video on the History of Dance or use Youtube to learn some moves.   Maybe even learn how to Dougie?

Any suggestions for great moves?  We certainly need them!
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

RevitalVision Renews My Vision

Who'd have thunk that staring at fuzzy patches in the dark would help your eyesight?

As my Gentle Readers know, I have been working on my eyesight for quite some time.  I have plateaued a bit in the past couple of weeks.  No new posts lately on how the world has been changing.  No new delights have been noticed for quite some time.

I think that is about to change.

Some real aspects of seeing blobs
Some real aspects of seeing blobs (Photo credit: doylesaylor)
One of my problems is intermittent suppression with my left eye.  I have cursed that bad boy on and off.  I have begged for it to turn on and stay on.  If I don't get two eyes working, by definition I won't get too far in eye teaming exercises or stereo vision.  When I was doing Cellfield, I noticed that I was having problems seeing some of the exercises involving grey print on white and red on red.  I also have noticed doing some of the vision therapy exercises that I have been having problems with suppression as well.   I end up blinking my eyes rapidly or flapping my hand in front of my left eye to wake it up.  I do much better with antisupression glasses.   Sometimes I put anti suppression lenses on for the first few trials of the Brock String to wake up the eye as I do my home exercises.

I began to wonder if contrast sensitivity is at the root of my problems with suppression.   So I went off to Long Island and got the program, RevitalVision, and am doing the section on ambylopia (lazy eye).   I've done 16 sessions so far and it is starting to really help.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Visit to the Career Counselor

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 18:  Older job-seekers ...
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I am collecting another peep, a career counselor peep.  The new peep is a referral from a trusted peep so I have high hopes.

I gave Dr. Bill a synopsis of my disabilities and a few of my strengths.   We talked about whether I might have ADHD or whether it is an overlap with some of my vision or hearing problems.    I am looking forward to talking with a career counselor because I do want to go back to work a
fter I finish my therapy. However, at least my hearing won't come back to completely normal so I do want to be judicious in my career choice.  

When I look back, some jobs that I've held have been completely inapporpriate for my disabilities.  I have worked as a waitress which required strong working memory, spatial awareness, and physical coordination which I don't have.  I have worked as a secretary which involved eye tracking and eye teaming for proofreading.   I have done economic forecasting involving rows and rows of numbers--same problem as secretary for eye tracking and eye teaming.  So I don't want to launch into the next new thing without some thought about whether it is appropriate for me.

Also, environment and corporate culture are important.  With my hearing problems, I need a quiet place to work.   I really don't want to get into some of the toxic environments in some of the large corporations especially ones that are under cost pressure or involve outsourcing.   Too much politics in those environments.

I know a few things that I want is:

  • Control over my environment.  No cubicles.  I need a quiet place to work.
  • An environment that encourages creativity
  • A work culture that values "nice" people
  • I would like to wear fashionable clothes at least some of the time.  I don't want to wear Ann Taylor.
  • Something sustainable that isn't prone to outsourcing or downsizing

I am starting to think about what I want now because I don't want to finish therapy and then be floating around wondering what my next step will be.  Besides, I have plenty of time to gather wool as I  lump about after some therapist has worked me hard.

I feel a little bit like Julie Andrews in the "Sound of Music" -- "What Will This Day be Like?  I wonder.  What will my future be?  It could be so very exciting to be out in the world, to be free!"
Part of me is very glad that I have missed a lot of the angst of job hunting during the depths of the Great Recession.  But part of me, sees that such a gap in a resume is not going to work in my favor.  So we shall see.


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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Can Raw Milk Overcome Lactose Intolerance?

 I have been pondering trying raw milk to see if I can drink it.   There are a lot of dairy farms out in Amish country and some of them do raw milk.  I would also really like to try cheese from raw milk as it would be nice to have some cheese once in a while. 

The blogger over at My Life in a Pyramid had some good tips on selecting the farm to buy raw milk.
  • Exclusively grass-fed: The raw milk had to come from exclusively grass-fed cows, goats or sheep (I prefer the taste of cow milk to the other two though), but in all cases, I was not comfortable with any grain supplementation.
  • Organic pasture: This grass has got to be organically cared for. No synthetic fertilizers or pesticides on there, please.
  • Older breed of cowsThe breed of the cows was important, I’d learned. Older breeds like most African and Asian cows, as well as most Guernseys, Brown Swiss and Jerseys produce an A2 beta casein (milk protein) that is more digestible by the human body. All milk found in North American grocery stores is produced by newer breeds like Holsteins. The milk proteins that the newer breeds produce (A1 beta casein) is mutated, and even linked to chronic conditions in scientific experiments documented by Keith Woodford, author of Devil in the Milk: Illness, Health and the Politics of A1 and A2 Milk. (Check out this 2 minute video explaining the difference between the two casein types). So, I was on a mission to find a pretty Guernsey, Jersey or Brown Swiss that is tested to make sure the milk produced is A2 milk.
  • Pathogen testing: The cows should be routinely tested for pathogens.
  • Unprocessed in any way: I wanted my milk full-fat and unhomogenized … which I didn’t have to even worry about, because all raw milk is naturally unprocessed in that way!
  • Small local farm: The dairy had to be from a small local farm that I can visit any time I’d like, and whose practices I can verify.
  • Glass packaging: I wanted the dairy packaged in glass. Why ruin perfect raw milk by having it packaged in plastic with all the BPA and other chemicals leaching into it?

http://mylifeinapyramid.com/2012/03/my-raw-milk-conversion-why-how-i-decided-to-embrace-fresh-local-milk/

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Star is Born

A Star is Born!!!

I have made a dvd for A Total Approach telling about my journeys with them.  It was a lot of fun.  Maude interviewed me in front of the cameras.  We talked about using Tomatis, Balametrics, Interactive Metronome, and Cellfield therapies.  I explained how my life had improved with key vignettes familiar to the readers of my blog.   I also discussed my safari in Africa and how I was much more able to appreciate things than ever before.

I was very happy to help them out as they have been absolutely wonderful to both me and my husband.

A Total Approach!  Totally awesome!  Totally!


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Sunday, March 18, 2012

The neuroscience of happiness

They say money can’t buy happiness. But can a better understanding of your brain? As recent breakthroughs in cognitive science break new ground in the study of consciousness — and its relationship to the physical body — the mysteries of the mind are rapidly becoming less mysterious. But does this mean we’ll soon be able to locate a formula for good cheer?

Shimon Edelman, a cognitive expert and professor of psychology at Cornell University, offers some insight in “The Happiness of Pursuit: What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About the Good Life.” In his new book, Edelman walks the reader through the brain’s basic computational skills – its ability to compute information, perform statistical analysis and weigh value judgments in daily life – as a way to explain our relationship with happiness. Our capacity to retain memories and develop foresight allows us to plan for the future, says Edelman, by using a mental “personal space-time machine” that jumps between past, present and future. It’s through this process of motivation, perception, thinking, followed by motor movement, that we’re able not only to survive, but to feel happy. From Bayes’ theorem of probability to Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Edelman offers a range of references and allegories to explain why a changing, growing self, constantly shaped by new experiences, is happier than the satisfaction any end goal can give us. It turns out the rewards we get for learning and understanding the workings of the world really make it the journey, not the destination, that matters most.

http://www.salon.com/2012/01/28/the_neuroscience_of_happiness/

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Hubby's Journey Through His Cortex Continues

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Well, hubby is taking the same wild trip through his neurons as I.   I got him to see all my peeps (doctors and therapists)  and here's what they've found:

  • Vision:   Hubby has convergence insufficiency (his eyes point outwards) and eye tracking and teaming problems (his eyes don't move gracefully along a line of print, for example and they don't work together properly)
  • Motor SkillsHis bilateral skills (using both sides of the body) 
  • and dexterity are below average.   I have strongly suspected that there were problems with motor skills as his body language is not fluid.  Dexterity surprises me.  MIL was very clear about her boys being able to do things with their hands.  Hubby has some amazing skills when he chooses to use them.  He knows enough about houses and home repair to build a house.  He is a very good "boat elf"  and has done some beautiful boat repair.  Hubby has cut mats and framed pictures beautifully.  We have some McCreary prints that we bought on our honeymoon that He just awesomely framed and matted.  However, when you look at hubby all of this activity is occurring up in the brain and not in his body.  He can do things but he is actively thinking about them instead of having the aromaticity in his hands.  His processing speed is a little slower and so it takes him time to do things.
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  • Hearing:   We've already covered in a previous post.  Hubby has high frequency drop off which means that he doesn't hear high pitched noises.  Also, he has Auditory Processing Disorder especially with sounds in noise and dichotic listening (stimulation of each ear simultaneously by different sounds).   
  • Attention:  Within the normal limits but lower than what the neuropsychologist would like for his level of education and intelligence.
Right now, the therapists are putting together a treatment plan.  Poor hubby is both a bit overwelmed and relieved at the same time.
 
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Friday, March 16, 2012

Mind Wandering



When the mind wanders, conscious thoughts come to mind that are only loosely related to the task being performed. This phenomenon produces tension within the cognitive sciences because the interfering nature of these thoughts is at odds with the assumption that such processes are functional in daily life. In their comment, McVay and Kane (2010) suggested that failures in executive control can create the conditions that favor mind wandering—a control-failure hypothesis that questions whether mind wandering consumes resources. Whether mind wandering always occurs following a control failure, it is always a conscious reportable experience and so is globally available to the system. Such global availability suggests that mind wandering does indeed demand resources, in particular access to a global workspace that supports conscious experience. Although the control-failure view explains the transient occurrence of mind wandering during demanding tasks, the global availability hypothesis is consistent with all mind wandering, regardless of context; it is implied by many features of the argument proposed by McVay and Kane (2010). Consideration of these issues leads to the conclusion that when the mind wanders, specific information from the default mode becomes globally available to the system; in this respect, mind wandering is resource demanding inasmuch as it occupies the global workspace necessary for consciousness.

http://themindwanders.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/why-the-global-availability-of-mind-wandering-necessitates-resource-competition-reply-to-mcvay-kane-20102.pdf
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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Action-packed video games help solve lazy eye

amblyopia
amblyopia (Photo credit: ebmorse)

Unreal Tournament has been modded to treat amblyopia.
It sounds like a teenager's dream: playing shoot-'em-up video games, on doctor's orders.
At the American Academy of Opthalmology's annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, a team led by Somen Ghosh of the Micro Surgical Eye Clinic in Kolkata, India, reported that video game therapy improved the visual acuity of 10- to 18-year-olds with amblyopia, or "lazy eye".
This comes hot on the heels of similar findings from a study of adults with the condition,published in PLoS Biology by a team led by Roger Li and Dennis Levi of the University of California, Berkeley. Even more impressive results may be on the horizon, as video games are combined with another approach, known as "perceptual learning".
Amblyopia occurs when the neural connections from one eye to the brain fail to develop normally. Over time, the brain reacts by ignoring the blurry input from this "weaker" eye.
The condition can be treated in childhood by patching the good eye and using visual training exercises to build the faulty neural connections - but the dogma has until recently been that little can be done after about the age of 9.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Integrated Body Mind Training

Integrated Body Mind Training ( 调节法简介) is a holistic form of meditation based on both traditional Chinese medicine and Western Techniques.  It has been developed in a collaboration between Dr. Yi-yuan Tang and Michael Posner, an eminent psychologist.   It includes four parts: body relaxation, breath adjustment, mental imagery, and mindfulness.  IBMT helps improve self-regulation in cognition, emotion, and social behavior.  IBMT is practiced while listening to an audio compact disc (CD) and being physically coached by an experienced IBMT mentor. 

IBMT has recently been coupled with nature exposure to help improve attention state.  Chinese mind body training such as Tai Chi, Qigong, and meditation have often been done in nature. Being in harmony with nature has been a central feature in Chinese philosophy.  Western psychological practices have come to understand that nature exposure helps restore directed attention.   However, unlike other nature exposure therapies, IBMT has the subject close his eyes and visualize nature. 

IBMT and nature exposure are both techniques that have been categorized as attention state training models (Tang & Posner, 2009).  Attention state training (AST) pertains to a change in conscious awareness that may result from meditative or nature exposure experiences.  Attention training (AT), comparatively, involves executive control mechanisms and may, for example, include mental effort and control on a working memory task.  Tang and Posner note that nature exposure is based on Kaplan’s attention restoration theory, which posits that mental fatigue may occur following a person’s sustained effort to maintain focused attention over time on cognitive tasks.  The premise of the attention restoration theory model is that a person can restore mental efficiency by decreasing directed, voluntary attention, and by increasing involuntary attention.  In other words, a person may become mentally fatigued as he or she sustains effortful attention on work-related tasks (computer, e-mail, documents, meetings, etc.), but can restore mental efficiency by increasing the involuntary attention that occurs via nature exposure.  Tang and Posner cited a recent study in which subjects assigned to an experimental group exposed to nature scenes demonstrated improved executive functioning compared to a control group exposed to urban scenes.  The main difference between IBMT and nature exposure, according to Tang and Posner, is that nature exposure is performed with one’s eyes open, whereas, IBMT practitioners practice with eyes closed and progressively use breathing and imagery techniques to accrue a set of experiences that enable the person to achieve deeper and deeper states from one session to the next.
Mindfulness
The practice of mindfulness is involved in both IBMT and nature exposure.  Mindfulness involves a divergence from conscious awareness being focused on the past or the future, thus enabling one to center awareness of thoughts, emotions, and/or actions in the present.  Studies show that mindfulness training can help reduce pain, decrease stress, improve cognition, and increase positive mood (Tang & Posner, 2009).  Other findings indicate mindfulness meditation has beneficial effects on brain and immune functioning (Davidson, Kabat-Zinn, Schumacher, Rosenkranz, Muller, Santorelli, Urbanowski, Harrington, Bonus, & Sheridan, 2003)
http://www.bmedreport.com/archives/3911


IBMT does not stress efforts to control thoughts, but instead induces a state of restful alertness, enabling a high degree of awareness of body, mind and external instructions. It seeks a balanced state of relaxation while focusing attention. Control of thought is achieved gradually through posture and relaxation. The coach works to achieve a balanced and harmonious state rather than by having the trainee attempt an internal struggle to control thoughts in accordance with instruction.

gyri - anatomical subregions of cerebral cortex.
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An fMRI study has been done of structural alterations in the brain following IBMT.  These structural alterations were highest in the fibres connecting the anterior cingulate which is the part of the brain that standardizes emotions and behavior.  Researchers are wondering whether IBMT could do more than help alleviate stress as an underactive anterior cingulate has been connected to depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dementia and schizophrenia.

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Hubby Falls Through The Neuroscience Rabbit Hole

You know how sometimes when people find a great gap within themselves, they start to view the world through the lens of that deficiency.  You can often see this in alcoholics and drug addicts or their families--that they view the world entirely through an addictive denial/abuse lens or a codependency model or some other model of their particular dysfunction.

Well, given my troubles with my neurons,  I have pondered other folks through a neuroscience framework as well.  I can see it in many places with many people.  Sometimes I think that I am more aware of these types of problems and sometimes I wonder if I am projecting my fascination with myself on other people.

So, of course, who would be a favorite target of these ruminations, but my husband!   I had mentioned to him a while back that he might want to get a neuropsych assessment himself and he was agreeable in a sort of desire to do some self-exploration.  He was not really expecting to find anything but just wanting to know a little bit more about himself.  Let's just say that I had my suspicions.

So off we went to New York City to an eminent neuropsychologist for the assessment.  At the time, hubby really didn't think he had too many problems and kind of down played the significance of the ones he did have.  Also, hubby has diabetes, severe hypertension, and renal problems-- all of which can affect your mental abilities.  So, he took the tests for a few hours.  I went to the Museum of Art and
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English: Central Park Bridges (view from Bridl...
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Design at Columbus Circle, found a nice bakery which had the most excellent macaroons and had a great lunch overlooking Central Park.

We came back a week later and the upshot was that hubby had a pretty normal profile.  He was bummed that his IQ was lower than what had been measured in the school system--but he still is an extremely bright person, just not gozonga brilliant.  The neuropsychologist pointed out that his auditory and visual attention, although in the normal range, were not as high as he would have liked them to be.  He wanted my husband to get an MRI to make sure that there isn't any damage from hypertension/renal issues and for my husband to do either the Lumosity or Brain Fitness programs.

The next day, hubby woke up and did not look too good.  His blood pressure was sky high.  So he took off from work and went to his family doctor who put him on medical leave for a month.  His work environment is none too pleasant--and I will leave it at that.

I packed hubby off to a medical conference about a plant based diet for heart disease.  I was just hoping that hubby would just come back and eat more fruits and vegetables; but he has gone whole hog-- I should say, whole plant--and has become a vegan.  He has always had rude comments about vegans being nasty, pleasure hating fiends so it is amusing to see that he has become one.  Hubby had a nice time at the conference which also involved doing some yoga and getting a massage which is a very good thing at this point.  Hubby is now doing daily yoga and meditation.  I would not be surprised to come home one day and find him wrapping a towel around his head so that he could have a turban!!! Honestly, marriage can take some strange turns and discoveries can't it! But, wait there is more to come...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Collages, Vision and Occupational Therapy

 My occupational therapist, Wilma, doesn't believe in meaningless exercises.  She likes exercises that translate into the real world

You know, all the wonderful work that I have been doing such as tossing bean bags on balance beams, clapping or tapping my toes for 30 minutes on end, or playing computer games involving clicking on boxes in response to stimuli isn't exactly something you bring up at a cocktail party or choose to chat about with your next door neighbor.  So you do end up a little bit isolated in therapy land.   Therapy land is very pleasant but it isn't a subject of general interest.

Italiano: Collage di vari immagini di Roma.
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So we have decided to do arts and crafts.  She suggested collage so I went out and took a collage class at the Fleisher Art Memorial.  The Fleisher is a wonderful school open to anyone with an interest in art.  I plunked along at the bottom of the class but at least I could participate in the class a lot better than I could in junior high school where I basically waited for a very miserable 45 minutes to pass.  I noticed that I was having problems with composition.  After I knew what I wanted to do, it wasn't a problem cutting and pasting the elements of the collage together or organizing my tools and materials unlike junior high school.   But I just couldn't pull a collage together reasonably quickly.  I had a lot of neat pictures but I had a lot of problems putting the neat pictures together.

In OT, Wilma and I started working on a collage of my travels in Italy.  As we worked on the collage, I spent 60% of my time with one eye patched in order to strengthen my left eye that was getting suppressed in vision therapy.   We decided that the background would be a selection of the maps of Florence, Rome, Venice and Assisi.  It's really hard to trim the maps with one eye!  Cutting takes binocular vision and the use of two eyes!  I was really glad when I could take the patch off. 

As we worked on the background, we also clipped some neat pictures that were on the maps for use later on.  Wilma noticed that I tended to get a bit overly involved with collecting some neat pictures and thinks that I have a problem with part vs whole as confirmed by the neuropsych exam at Columbia Presbyterian

I am not sure how much of this problem of part vs whole is a problem with scene gist, how much is a problem with central vs peripheral vision, or working memory.  Or, maybe we are talking about the same thing from a variety of different disciplines.




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