This terrifies me as I get back to jumping! Some of you who know me may recall that I have some minor neurological damage? The result of an accident followed by an illness, though essentially unrelated...
Anyhow, the only two (mental) ways this neurological situation really effects me at all is that I have a TERRIBLE time with recall of names of both people and places, and sometimes, of diseases and diagnoses (I'm a nurse, and I'll be on the phone with the one of the doc's, trying to explain that the patient is diagnosed with this or that disease/disorder, let's say, GERD, will need such and such med ordered, let's say, Prilosec. But I'll have to actually DESCRIBE the disease to them in order to get to the part where I can request the med order... (I.E. "Yes, hi, Dr. Jones! Mr. X in room 200, well, he's diagnosed with...(the name suddenly VANISHES)...um, oh you know, um...the one, with the gastric acid, where the cardiac sphincter doesn't close all the way when they lay down, and ... OH, yes, he has GERD!!"....thankfully, most of my docs are very used to my colorful descriptions, especially when I get really tired!)
Also, I have trouble with odd or unusual names which I haven't had the opportunity to see written down many times (I remember words
about 98%visually, not aurally, or via hearing the word, at ALL) and I can meet someone, like, 14 times, be introduced to them by different people, basically remember their face (IF I WAS paying attention the first time! If not, look out...
Totally embarassing, as it will be to me as if I have never even met them--talk about feeling like a total arse) and not have the first idea what in the heck their name is...I hate it
when that ocassionally happens...
You can probably imagine that I don't "simply live" for cocktail parties with lots of introductions and new people present! Ha...
Anyway, the other way this neuro "thing" effects me, is in regard to driving/traveling directions. I live in the same city where I grew up from age 5, for half the year, when I wasn't on the opposite end of the country visiting my father for the other half of the year--on through college, then was gone for 4 years at school in CA; continued living in CA for three more years, just working, and returned to my "hometown" at that point, having been back here now for ~12 years. By now
, I should know every nook, cranny, and backroad (this is NOT a huge city at all, but I get terribly, utterly lost if I simply take a detour headed in to work at night to avoid roadwork or something, and I only work 6 miles from home! (Plus, I've been working at the same hospital for FIVE YEARS, and, I'm coming from my house where we've lived for almost EIGHT)
Thus, even in a lesson, the instructor setting up a course of say, six jumps, (when I was a kid), was terrifying, because I would be petrified I'd forget which was next. There might be three in a line, and then a long curve around, skipping the most obvious seeming and taking a harder jump and then two in a line out. THAT felt complex to me, so now as an adult, I am quite trepedatious about starting "real" jumping lessons soon; especially since I'll have a new instructor soon as well...
(story for another thread!).
I wish I could offer you some advice, OP! I suppose I am hoping that my story will help you to realize that you are lucky it is only somewhat hard
to remember...and that in time, you CAN,
and most certainly WILL, improve! Imagine if it would never get better
and you still had to compete with the same problem occurring!
Now, don't you feel better that you aren't ME? Hehe...Nahhh, you'll do just fine. I'm waiting to hear the advice other's give ya, too, as maybe it can help me