You know, I thought I could put this here or in the general list column. I chose here and if the moderators want to move it, we certainly can, as long as @ModSupport and @DickD make sure that Merl saved some of the chocolate for the rest of us. (Confused? Go read the commends on my “Awkward questions” post.)
While eating breakfast this morning, I was surfing the web (a.k.a. improving my medical knowledge) and I came across this article. Pour yourself a cuppa joe and have a seat and I’ll walk us through a couple of things… Cognitive Fatigue
It seems to me that what they are saying is that cognitive fatigue can come from two different ways. Things affect your brain (injury, stroke, disease etc.) and those make it much harder to do life and much more exhausting. I have often commented how hard everything is since my brain surgery. Now I know a little bit more about why.
The other way it happens is the physical fatigue carries over into the brain. After a Navy Seal has been in combat for 48 hours with only 4 hours of down time during that time, their cognitive abilities are not going to be as sharp as they were. Or a marathon runner - most of them would be better at calculus before a marathon than they would at mile 24.
One of these carries over from the physical to the cognitive. That one you can have some impact on. One of these goes from the brain to the body. That one you can’t really impact. So…
Work with me here, but let’s take it one step further. Let’s assume that a patient’s cognitive challenges are determined to be 50/50. Half of them are brain to body and half of them are body to brain.
Then if we were to work logically, consistently and patiently on the physical issues and not try to jump into them too fast, theoretically, that should help the cognitive issues?
So if I could work back up to being able to walk 2 miles in 30 minutes and eat healthy enough to drop 30 lbs that could help me think better? And not forget what I went to the store for? Or remember where I put my car keys?
Dreaming? I don’t know…
What do you think?