A stroke can wipe out your memories. Everything depends on what part of the brain was damaged. It didn’t erase my memories, luckily. I have a really good memory. My long-term memory did not seem to be much affected. I always knew who I was, who my friends and family were, how old I was, the president, stuff like that. I remember wowing some people after the stroke with things I remembered. My short memory – not so good. It’s fine now but after the stroke there was definitely a problem. I had trouble recalling a story that was just read to me – among other things. I remember I couldn’t do this one test and it frustrated me so much. Name all the words you can that begin with the letter ‘M.’ A conjugation of a word doesn’t count. So if you have said the word ‘mop,’ the word ‘mopping’ doesn’t count. I think the goal is to say 11 words in a minute. I couldn’t do that. For a few months, I couldn’t do it. That made me really mad! 🙂 I guess this would test long-term memory. Anyway, couldn’t do it at first. A friend of a friend had a stroke a few months ago and when he woke up he thought he was 5 years old. He forgot that he was in his 30s. Memory should be frequently assessed. Here’s an article on memory.
- Guest Post: Memory (brendamarroyauthor.com)