I have successfully completed my concussion treatment with Cognitive FX, and to be honest, I already miss those guys. The staff and the other "patients"? quickly became friends of mine, and I miss seeing them every day. It's strange how quickly you can get used to something, event if it's hard. I kinda want to go back tomorrow...
This is my group of peeps that went through the same week, with the exception of T-bone, the sweet 10 year old boy who finished and left before we snapped the pic. They are all amazing. They were so nice and thought I was still in my 20's. Haha!
As the week went on, all the therapies grew in intensity and still somehow seemed easier. It was fascinating! By the end of the week, I was able to complete tasks I laughed at the first day. Here are some examples:
Brain Games: These games started out very difficult to even keep my eyes focussed on the screen with some of the games, but by the end of the week I was able to force my brain to focus. The games themselves are still challenging, they are meant to be, but I am now able to focus on them so much easier than I was before. I am supposed to keep working on these daily to continue improvement.
Cognitive Therapy: The tasks given to me the first day seemed so daunting and near impossible, but by the end of the week I was killing it! The second day I was able to recall all 15 pictures in the correct order shown to me the day before. I did it. Every single one. Boom! Then I had to do the same thing with 20 pictures, and nailed that too. The games got more challenging and at one point near the end of the week the therapist said, "Are you sure you have memory problems?" YES! So much improvement!
Neuromuscular Therapy: The second day, the therapist checked my eyes again and the jumpiness that was there the first day had completely gone away. "Your eyes are so smooth" he said. Another big step! We worked on my peripheral vision and balance with a Bosu Ball and a football. I had to look straight at him and catch the football without looking at it when he threw it to me, usually from an angle. He tried to mess me up and trick me, but I was onto him and caught all but one. That's right. :) The rest of the week we worked on lots more balancing and strengthening exercises, and lots of focus on posture exercises. It was very good. Oh, and the massage was my favorite. Of course.
Occupational Therapy: The shape sorting thing got easier, I shaved off about 1/3 of the time it took to complete it at the end of the week. I got better at the crazy games she had me play that really made me think. The craziest game was when she would flip 2 cards over and I had to touch the red cards with my right hand, black cards with my left hand, and if there were 2 black cards I had to subtract them, if there were 2 even numbered cards I had to add them together. Every time there was a heart I had to remove it from the pile, and every time I heard a certain word from the song that was playing I had to turn over the top two cards...after all the other tasks were completed. Got that?
Dynavision: On man, this thing is awesome. It tests so much at the same time. I loved it! It's the one thing that really scared me about this whole training, and I loved it almost as much as the massages from Neuromuscular. Haha! It tests your peripheral vision and cognitive function at the same time. It requires you to think fast while focusing on many things. I got to the point where I was balancing on one foot on a pad, pushing red lights with my palms, green lights with the backs of my hands, and continuously adding numbers as they appeared on the screen. It was tricky, but my time improved so much! Here's what it looks like.
So there you have it, my week in a nutshell. I feel more clear, more quick, and less overwhelmed. I came home to a house that had been in survival mode for the week (apparently I am more productive around here than I realized) and it's didn't even make me shut down like it would have before. Woohoo! Progress! I just tackled what needed to be done. It felt good.
Results. I went from a 2.4 down to a .7...remember that optimal range is between 0 and .8. This puts me technically within "normal" cognitive functioning. Although, like my new friend Rett said, "Don't worry, you'll never be normal. You are a super rocker chick!" Haha! No worries people, I'm still crazy old me.