Last week I went to see a new doctor. During the six-hour appointment I got to draw pictures, describe the meaning of words, memorize stories, solve simple and complex math calculations, and play computer games, among other things.
I was seeing a neuropsychologist.
WebMD says neuropsychological testing can help doctors find out how damage to your brain may be affecting your ability to reason, concentrate, solve problems, or remember. A doctor may suggest this type of testing if you have a disease that can damage the brain, such as Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, dementia, Parkinson’s or a brain tumor.
In my case, I was sent to a neuropsychologist because I have never been to one–which is odd, because most brain tumor patients end up seeing a neuropsych within their first year. The appointment captured a baseline of how my brain is functioning now to use as a baseline, and compare to my brain in the future should my tumor start growing again.
I asked my doctor if I could go to a neuropsych because I want to “make sure” I am OK. I have a weird worry that I am going to get deep in my career only to find out one day that all along I was not remembering anything people told me. I bet this makes me sound like a hypochondriac, but I want to be sure.
When I receive the results of the evaluation I will report back.
I am pretty transparent, but I won’t mention anything embarrassing, like, “Liz has horrible math skills–she counts on her fingers.” Because that is actually true. Oh wait, I just told you.
Have any of you been through neuropsychological testing? What did you learn about your brain?
Attention! I received the results of my neuropsychological testing in October 2013. While I did find the results insightful and interesting, I made the decision to not share these publicly.