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Boy, this week passed a lot more quickly than I thought it would. Anyway, I’ve been thinking a lot about health and how it’s related to learning disabilities, lately.

The reason it’s been on my mind is because I’ve started to make a more conscious effort to exercise on a regular basis of the past couple of weeks, and my body’s slowly getting used to the extra exertion. I’ve always known that the more tired, sick or sore I am, the worse my dyslexia and memory. Boy, has it been a pain lately.

Lists would be my friend if I remember where I put them, y’know?

Frankly, it’s been driving me nuts, but once I’m in better shape it’ll equalize again.

However, those of us in the neurodiverse category need to be careful that our disabilities don’t get in the way of accurate medical care. This article highlights that.

To sum it up, a man exhibited symptoms of a brain infection, but the doctors had dismissed them as part of his severe learning disability. In the end, he ended up dying of it, but he would have been able to survive if it had been caught earlier on.

Now, I don’t know the specifics of the case, and I understand that diagnosis is a tricky thing, but in the end, we know our bodies best. If you’re a parent or caretaker of someone with severe disabilities, odds are, you know them far better than many doctors do.

Although various neurological conditions tend to be unpredictable, there is usually a set of patterns within each individual. When something happens to throw those patterns off, or the symptoms suddenly get worse for no reason, it’s worth seeing if there’s another health related problem involved.

If something seems off about the diagnosis, don’t be afraid to question it, or get a second opinion.

In the end, your health and that of your loved ones, is what’s most important. We can only function at our best when we’re feeling good, right?

As always, advocate, advocate, advocate!

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