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08:11 pm: Semantic Aphasia

Last night, as usual, I watched TV and read the paper. I went to bed to read at 3:30am and stopped to come out and get the paper at 4:30am. I looked for the review of Jo's "Among Others", posted a review of the review and went to bed at 5:30am. I slept off and on until 9am when I actually slept until 4pm.

I'm reading the bookgroup book now, and it has quotes above each chapter. One of them mentions semantic aphasia. This is what I have when I can't understand words or can understand the words and can't understand the sentences. I'm wondering if I should tell the neurologist or if she'll just think I'm whining.

I made the grocery list for Monday and have had Junie following me around imploring me for Birdie. I keep reminding her that this is third Birdie and she's the one who was there when it got lost. I probably need to move the couch. When I have time, I plan to cut cardboard that will cover the little arches at the bottom of my bed end, chest of drawers, and secretary, and put double-stick tape on and stick it inside behind the arch. I would really like that to work. I'm careful and don't scratch the laminate and don't do it when I hurt too much, but I'd rather not have to do it at all. I'm still not sure what to do about the couch.

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Date:May 15th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
I think you should definitely tell the neurologist. If she thinks you're "whining" by reporting an unusual symptom, she's a jerk. (She may be a great neurologist otherwise, of course.)

I keep reminding her that this is third Birdie and she's the one who was there when it got lost. I probably need to move the couch.

I know, and do they listen? Not on your life!
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Date:May 15th, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
Well, I've told her about things before and she tends to not worry about it if it isn't constant. I don't know why it happens for me, but it's not all the time.

I didn't have to move the couch because Junie came down from the living room with Birdie in her mouth, making the "throw" noise. She knew where it was, but thought I should find it for her. If I knew when she was going to get Birdie and could follow her, I might find the first two!
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Date:May 15th, 2011 06:30 am (UTC)
I also think you should report this.

I have cognitive issues when I'm dehydrated. I haven't talked to the doctor about it sopecifically because I can keep the problem away by drinking enough water.

What happens to me when I try to talk about a chronic mental issue with a doctor -- with the good doctors, even -- is that they explain it in terms of specific present conditions, which doesn't address my concerns.
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Date:May 15th, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC)
I drink all the time because I do have problems with hydration (and then wake up all night to use the bathroom). I don't think that's what this is. But yes, the timing is part of the problem with the neurologist.
Date:May 17th, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
Tell the neurologist, not just that you think you have semantic aphasia, but also that it doesn't happen all the time. She can decide what, if anything, needs to be done. But she should know, I think.
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Date:May 18th, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
Well, I've told her before about the word & sentence problems and she didn't think they were serious.
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