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Relevant things I remember from before I was diagnosed

Posted Dec 10 2008 12:32am

pitchingbaseball.jpgbaseball.jpeg I had great difficulty catching a ball or shooting a basketball. I remember the day Russell Uhl pitched a baseball to me when I was a boy and it struck me between the eyes and knocked me to the ground.It is possible that this caused an inability for me to visualize anything. This is true when I close my eyes. I cannot visualize anything whatsoever. Unfortunately the same is quite true when my eyes are open. I struggle to picture a suggested route when told how to drive somewhere. The odd thing is that I do sometimes dream in images. Many people ask me about that. I asked Dr. Daniel Amen if the baseball might have been responsible for this problem. He said “YES!”The brain would have been injured as it was pushed to the back of the skull.

I could not read music in band, and was concerned that I would be found out if I had to play a solo with my trombone. I could read aloud in Margaret Hiser’s 6th grade geography but when asked a question about what I had just read I could not answer the question. Whenever I tried to read a book in high school I could only make it through a few pages per session before I would start falling asleep, and the next day when I picked up where I marked the page I could not remember what I had already read. I would say that my eyes would dart around the page and I could not stay focused on the line I was reading. (Others say the words move.) At eye exams the white background would try to surround the letters with a “halo-effect” on the wall.

I saved for an Argus C-3 35mm camera after the 8th grade. I learned that if I shot a picture using a high f-stop number I could create a depth of field effect. I felt guilty altering the image so that both the foreground and the background were in focus. I had no idea that people normally could see this way.

I saw the story focusing on Irlen Syndrome people on 60 Minutes as an adult and did not remember how to contact the Irlen Institute. It would take ten years for me to bump into Irlen Syndrome again.

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