I’ve had the most annoying reactions from doctors when I’ve mentioned my cognitive problems. Most recently, a junior doctor gave me a rough and ready psychological test (which I’ve done before). Because I have done the counting down from 100 in 7s so many times now, it is really easy for me. So the neurologist who arranged for the test just thinks I don’t have any cognitive problems. Yet I’ve had a full test by a psychologist and she wrote a report which is clearly showing that I do have cognitive deficits.
Why they never change the test I don’t know. Apparently the counting backward in 7s is the hardest number to use. But why they have to start at 100 every time I don’t get. Equally, name all the animals you can think of plus list all the words starting with the letter P! Why never change these?
It’s miserable not having a fully working brain. I know the neurologists don’t think being able to remember the plot of a book I read last week is important, or being able to follow a TV series. Equally, not being able to concentrate when there’s background noise or more than one person in a room. But when these ‘little’ things affect your life, it is important.
I do hope the new drug comes through the trials and becomes available before too much longer.