Dear fellow coma victims,
I thought to post my ideas for recovery. I’m sure I’m repeating myself.
By my assessment the best therapy is to do, act, choose, decide, judge… use the brain in a focussed way always aware that you are using it.
As I’ve said perhaps HBOT helps rebuild the brain and restore memory. To become yourself again requires memory.
Don’t take any prescribed drugs without investigating their effects on cognition. I suspect I was prescribed Olanzapine to subdue me for medical staff. Improvement began immediately when I stopped taking it.
I’ve been taking several vitamins, Ginkgo Biloba and Brahmi to boost blood circulation in the brain and for memory. I can’t say exactly the benefits of vitamins but I am improving.
Consciously use memory, at first try to remember simple things and gradually the more difficult. I can now remember the day of my accident, what I did and was thinking at the time. I tried but couldn’t remember that for years. I still can’t remember a lot, events that I should easily recall, they’re not there, nonetheless progress. Perhaps my memory loss is more to do with age than coma.
I believe the gradual improvement in my walking has a lot to do with massage. The stimulation of the nerve endings in my leg, of dormant feeling. Stimulating the brain with feeling of the entire leg, maybe building new pathways for such communication.
Similarly exercise helps. Everything seems to operate a little better after the repetition of mental communication at the gym.
I was also going to mention travel but the main point is covering different ground. I found it a little harder walking different routes. For example walking over different terrain seems to challenge the brain. Repetition is key. I’ve always liked to travel, just excuses for my next trip.