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  •  TBI and numbers (3+ / 0-)
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    Danish Brethren, Pandoras Box, mapamp

    I was diagnosed with dyscaluculia in college  (essentially dyslexia with numbers not words). I've had a problem with numbers for as long as I can remember. It is hypothesized that at least the bulk of mine comes from when I was two and knocked my head on a marble counter and needed stitches, I still have an extra flat spot on my skull. I never made the connection to that as a TBI, but obviously it was. I also stuttered when I was young and I wonder if that was connected as well. The stutter eventually resolved, unless I'm upset or around another stutterer, but the numbers thing never fully returned, though I've figured out ways to compensate.  (I also lack a time sense, spacial reasoning and direction sense, which are part of the dyscalculia.)

    Thank you for your well thought out diary, it helped connect dots I should have connected long ago. It's funny how the brain rewires, you still lack a sense of smell, I still lack numbers, despite mine happening at around 2 years old when the brain is very 'plastic' in the first place.

    •  I came from a science oriented (3+ / 0-)
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      linkage, Pandoras Box, mapamp

      family: my mother quit with an MS once she got married and father was a PhD Chemist. My brother is a Stanford PhD Astro-Physicist so I had some agility with math and science before but now.... forget it. It aint comin' back for me but like I said I'm no longer even interested in numbers in that way so they can't even hold my attention.

      I just figured that my brain just had to prioritize and numbers could just go since they are not vital (necessary for life).

      That's just my brain but perhaps reflects how the brain decides what's really important versus what's not.

      Now, you or I could still go into that realm through all sorts of back alley narrow pathways and struggle to play the pi game but its REALLY work now.

      Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).

      by Danish Brethren on Thu May 12, 2011 at 09:44:40 PM PDT

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      •  Numbers... (2+ / 0-)
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        Danish Brethren, mapamp

        I had a hard time with it in school, I'd get straight A's except for math and my parents always just assumed it was because I wasn't trying hard enough. A couple of teachers figured it out I think, but no diagnoses until college. I can't remember math 'facts' and have to figure them out each time, I have tricks my fifth grade teacher taught me for multiplication, and division, fractions, decimals have always been a struggle. Timed tests were an impossible task. Graphing (on an x,y axis) has always been a problem because my brain reverses the numbers a lot of the time, but not always, so often I would get a reverse slope.

         I have to be really careful and triple check money, and I navigate by landmarks which seems to work ok for the most part, until I have to go somewhere new anyway. I do a lot of estimating rather than figuring out, (I can usually figure out halves or quarters and I go from there) when it comes to discounts and such. I can't remember how to do it the 'right way'. I make sure everything for the house gets paid, but I don't do the budget itself. My other half is in charge of teaching both kids Math. But when I was working retail I refused to work the register.

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