Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A brief history of my brain.

While I aim to post once a week once this blog is caught up to all of the ideas I have on the tip of my tongue, I thought I would start by giving a background as to where my interest in neurology and education has evolved from.

I was born in 1979, and during my birth, a forecep rotation was required. Due to the force of the foreceps being too excessive, my brain was left with matching scar tissues on both sides of my brain. The scar tissue on the left side was larger and was about 50/50 between my occipital lobe and temporal lobe while the right side was just in the temporal lobe. As a result, I have what is called homonymous hemianoptic vision--both of my eyes see straight ahead and to the left 90 degrees. As a result of this, I am quite left-handed, with a few exceptions.

My right eye drifted as a child to compensate for my lack of peripheral vision, and the first surgery I ever  had was that of straightening my eyes. Yet one has to ask if I would have created 180 degree vision had that never been corrected?

I began having seizures at about the age of five, and those were predominantly complex partial seizures in which i just have a state of absence. Upon me entering puberty I began to see the seizures develop into clonic tonic seizures, and for this reason neurosurgery became a possibility. One of the reasons I was such an ideal candidate for neurosurgery was that the locations of my scar tissue on my brain was very apparent.

About three years prior to the planned date of the surgery my neurologist strongly encouraged me to get as many mathematical, logical courses out of the way as soon as possible, as it would be early in my grade twelve year that they would plan to do this surgery on the left side of my brain, the side that often demonstrates logical, systematic thought.

On October 6th, 1997, I had my neurosurgery and my brain was changed forever. I came out of the surgery perfectly able to read, but with difficulty speaking. It would take roughly 2-3 years for my mathematical skills to return to where they had been prior to the surgery. Yet, ultimately, the goal of the surgery, to eliminate my weekly occurrence of seizures regardless of the use of anticonvulsants, would prove to be a success.

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