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  •  Joking aside, the condition is very real (15+ / 0-)

    and cause for real probs on several fronts.

    A stroke caused my dyscalculcia, resulting in

    - frequent overpayment
    - asking for change when none is due
    - hours calculating simple budget plans
    - missed busses
    - missed appointments
    - misread recipes

    Peace

    CJ

    Some people make you want to change species

    by ulookarmless on Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 02:31:36 PM PDT

    •  I'm almost phobic about planning travel. (10+ / 0-)

      I give myself extra time between buses, plan on being there an hour early if possible, and triple check routes, times, writing everything down and triple checking that. I get panicky if I'm going to be 'on time' for something because I am always afraid that I'm not really. I also write down dates in a notepad file on my computer so I have the dates and times of appointments there, and I check it several times a day.
      When it comes to recipes, I don't know how many times I've added too much or two little liquid, reading things wrong. I'm glad my kids are older now and learning how to cook, I have them pour and double check everything now LOL.
      I'm not sure how far your stroke affected yours, but try the estimation thing with change and payments, if you can manage it it does help. Even if you round up a bit to make sure you're not short (I never figure out change for like $19.84 or whatever, it's always an even $20). Yes I know those cents add up, but it's easier than dealing with the migraines and other issues. I do this with bills as well, I'd rather pay them a bit over, and get the credit in the later month, eventually it rounds out LOL.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 02:44:32 PM PDT

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      •  I can only read a map if I'm heading north, (5+ / 0-)

        when I went to Florida from NY, I turned the map upside down; I can read upside down (teacher skill) but I can't reverse the rights and lefts.  I always plan some extra time to be lost and I avoid the city, no horizon, no sun, no way to know direction after the first few turns.

        •  the town I'm in right now (2+ / 0-)
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          weck, sillia

          has a few set trunks, if I can keep in mind where those are, I'm never fully lost. They are my compass, both on bus routes and when I used to drive.  I know if I go north I'll eventually hit road X, and then I can find my way home from there. If I go East, I'll hit road Y, etc.

          But mostly it's plan, plan, plan. Print out yahoo maps, make sure I mark landmarks and not just road names and directions (turn towards the McDonalds, not towards the 7-11). Like I said, I use "Dora the Explorer" directions often.

          "Big tree, Pink house, Winn Dixie" to mark the turns in my head. Simple, basic, things that stick out. Of course, then someone paints their house and throws off my system LOL.

          "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

          by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 06:04:21 PM PDT

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