Questions asked to me online, and some of my answers:
1) Can you elaborate on what feeling wrong means when you position your arms in different ways.
It turns out that the depth perception processing in my brain has turned on, and needed to be ‘normalized’. It was way off. So that my right hand ‘felt’ a normal distance from my left hand, but only so when it was about 6 inches away. Putting the two hands the same distance away, the left hand felt ‘too far’, and putting the left hand ‘too far’ felt way, way off!
When this processing started, and I don’t know if it was due to surgery or not, I had to walk with The Bride, holding on to her shoulder so that I didn’t lose perspective walking and possibly trip and fall. At the time, I didn’t know it was due to depth perception. You see, I didn’t have regular depth perception for 50+ years!
It wasn’t until a couple of weeks after the 9-1-1 incident that I had other perspective shifts (e.g, visual perspective on movies that then related to associative perspective on neural-pathway firing), and eventually I was able to determine that the depth-perception was causing ‘issues’. Then I started wearing a patch for a couple of days, and now, the depth perspective has normalized (post 50.50 -Rusty), and I can walk normally without needing a patch.
2) What do you think is happening?
The neural pathways for depth perception have turned on. Along with other things, like taste perception (which is much richer now). It might also be due to chemistry changes, but I’m not sure. I tend to be a neural-pathway thought guy! :-)
3) Did the medical people around you tell you how surgery in that area of the brain might affect you specifically?
Nope. All of the changes were starting at some level or another before the surgery. The surgery was simply to get samples to determine what the type of cancer it is. After getting into the emergency room, I basically could see a stop sign on a poster on a bathroom door very clearly on the left side, but every other damn thing was a complete and utter blur. And I couldn’t associated meaning or language to it. I knew the stop sign was familiar, but I couldn’t associate any meaning to it. So my right brain was ok, but my left brain was fucked up.
4) Are you having insights about consciousness?
gOd, I hope so!
5) Does being conscious feel different for you than it did before the surgery?
Feeling different? No. There were certainly some insights that I had as things blasted around. Things like making associations between movies and neural pathway firings, perspective changes on associating random events or nearly random events with silliness (like posting entries on Pharyngula at certain times, and lucking out on relating them to ‘magical numbers’, having fun doing it but not having fun since the Pharyngulites didn’t take it at all seriously; can’t say I blame them completely, though, but they haven’t really followed up with research, either).
Again, I don’t think the surgery was the issue here. I think it was reducing the size of the tumor, and that was possibly partially due to multiple factors, including drugs. I dunno, though.
But I’ve made people laugh due to frankenSteil!