I'm treating a woman who has had memory problems since a car accident. She came in this morning and told me she's starting to worry a little bit. Since decreased anxiety is USUALLY what people tell me after treatment, I was not happy about this information. Then she said that her memory was so bad that she knew there were things to worry about, but she couldn't remember what they were. She said that in her case worrying was a good sign.
I examined a doctor on Monday who was in a car accident 2 months ago. She got a concussion and has been treated by various doctors. She is having memory, focus and fatigue problems. When I treated her this morning, she said she already noticed differences in her ability to focus. She had an easier time while she was examining her patients and writing reports. She said, "If I had known this was the most important treatment, I would have done this first."
Last night, in Seattle, I met Art Thiel. He is an author and sports journalist. We spoke for 15 minutes about the fear that NFL football players have of getting dementia. Football is hard on the body and the brain. I explained how even if there is much physical damage or damage to the brain itself, you can still stimulate and create new pathways! I told him that sense of smell should be checked in each Seahawk player to determine if they are on the road to dementia. (20 years before people get dementia, they lose their sense of smell). He said he would tell Russell Wilson about me. There are things to do to mitigate damage to the brain and even improve function in most people.