It was on 60 Minutes! A program about prosopagnosia, also known as face blindness. I am amazed and astounded at the super-recognizer. I didn’t know any of the current famous people shown, let alone their younger selves. Until I realized there was a name for my life-long struggle, I had no idea that recognizing people was an easy thing for folks. I thought I just had crummy memorization. It surprises the heck out of me that recognition happens quickly and lasts forever. Sure doesn’t for me. It’s part of why I always feel confused.
No matter how many times I have asked people to remind me who they are next time they see me, few seem to believe that it’s a problem. Some guy on the support group wondered why everyone around town knew his name, but he didn’t know them. He came to the conclusion that he was just generally well known. Geeze…I know that feeling! It happened often in Vermont. The most frightening and puzzling to me was when Heather and I were at a national park with bison in the west. A guy on a bicycle knew me. What!?!?!?! Turned out he was a teacher who had brought his class to our farm. He didn’t bring up a shred of recognition in me.
I need to see people in context to have a chance of knowing who they are. I also have to see them repeatedly in context to start to get a grasp. If I see a church person in the grocery store, it’s as if I never met them. I think I have ticked a lot of people off because of that.
It’s a huge relief to find out that face blindness is “a thing” and not just my fault. But….it does not make not recognizing any easier.
I woke up abruptly this morning because my lungs hurt. Once I got up, all the pain was in my right lung and shoulder. Now what? It’s dreary looking outside, but they say air quality is good. I hate that all those particulates have been getting in my lungs all winter.
It scared the heck out of me when there was a loud knock on my door around noon. Meals on Wheels again. Why won’t they stop?! I decided to eat it. I was hungry and the stack of eleven frozen meals took up top to bottom space in the freezer. Silly me, I thought there was cheese in the red sauce. It was raw carrot shreds. I looked up Swiss steak recipes and they really do have carrots as an ingredient. Huh. The menu says it’s beef Swiss style patty, parslied potatoes, broccoli cuts and a peanut butter cookie. As usual, the milk and cookie were good 🙂 I loathe the franken beef. The broccoli was soggy, the potato tasteless….but the potatoes looked better than usual! I should have thrown out everything but the cookie and milk.
I have a loaf of honey oatmeal bread in the bread maker. I should have been making bread all along instead of eating the stale white fluff from the free table. I tend to go for what’s cheap and easy instead of good for me….in all parts of my life. Sigh….it’s my own fault….
One of the women in my spasmodic dysphonia support group is in the news because she told people about her “health issue”. She’s the principle at a high school in New Jersey. The most famous person I know of with spasmodic dysphonia is Diane Rehm who is on NPR. I used to listen to her and wonder why she was on the radio. Now I know how frustrating it is to talk funny! The list of famous people according to wickipedia is fairly long. Most people get botox shots into their vocal cords to make their voice work better. I cannot do that because botox kills people with myasthenia gravis.
I got an email from the man who ordered the nut for my wheelchair. He wanted to know if I had gotten it in the mail yet. I had not looked at my mail in days. All that was there was a poster for the upcoming myathenia gravis summit. People got excited to see me out and about. They thought maybe my wheelchair was fixed. Ha! I just drove slow and depended on gravity and friction. When I backed up at the dumpster, the chair hardly moves in reverse. I think my chair has some major issues. I specialize in rare diseases and I think my wheelchair is trying to follow suit.
The bread was yummy. That’s what I had for supper 🙂