In a previous post, I shared some discoveries I personally had made about my own cognitive skills. Since that epiphany, about four years ago, I have been working with a couple of guest players who come into our offices a few times a week to act as testers on the Dakim BrainFitness System.
We have one fellow, whom I’ll call Harry, who is much like me. In fact, he is so visually oriented that at first meeting, you might think he’s deaf. But it’s not his hearing that is a problem–that’s confirmed by regular check-ups and by his love of music, which is about the only audio input he doesn’t tune out, no matter how softly you play it.
I was not one of those college students who could breeze through every academic challenge without studying. In fact, I found that I had to fight tooth and nail for every notch of my grade point average. I assumed that this was because I was a public school kid from a relatively intellectual family, and one who had always been able to do very well with minimal effort just by playing to my natural strengths. For me, college was, from beginning to end, an academic war.
Although many years had passed (with only the occasional classic post-graduate nightmare!), when I played the Dakim BrainFitness System for the first time, I was very nervous. In the back of my head I had a list of my cognitive strengths and weaknesses. For example, I have always known I was Numbers Girl–I like numbers, and they like me. No problem there. But I had always stumbled on the verbal.
A little over five years ago, before we were married, my husband, Mike, suffered a heart attack. Fortunately, he survived, and, after a relatively short period of recovery, we began the process of moving on with our lives.
We improved our diets. We worked on getting more exercise. Mike went back to work and begrudgingly resumed his attempts to quit smoking. He adjusted to taking a plethora of heart medications, and I tried to curb my propensity to hover over him like a mother hen.
With time, our life together got back to our version of “normal”—until, very slowly, we began to realize it really hadn’t.
A while back, I posted about my mom and I both working at being brain fit. In my initial post, I did get a bit ahead of myself, so I’d like to share a few details about myself and a little more about ME/CFS and fibromyalgia—which are my reasons for being so keenly interested in Dakim BrainFitness.
My early life was spent in Salt Lake City, and after 40 years away in Chicago and Los Angeles, I ultimately returned home to assist my parents. My father (my “roomie” for five years) passed away in 2005. My mother, as I noted in my last post, has a joyful, productive life in southern Utah.
Fourteen years ago, I was diagnosed with an illness that I have learned I share with millions worldwide. In the U.S., it has the simplistic “non-name” of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). In Europe, it’s known by a more clinically credible name: myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).
Sometimes little changes can make a big difference in preserving a loved one’s independence. I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about two products that have helped my parents stay in their own home a little longer.
Both my parents very strongly want to live at home as long as they’re able, and without having caregivers in their home seven days a week. I’m doing what I can to make that possible.
My mother takes a wide variety of prescription and over-the-counter medicines, and was managing them herself until about the last two years.
Since then, I’ve been portioning her pills out weekly into a pill box very similar to this one — seven columns for the days of the week, and four boxes in each column for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bedtime.