Saturday, March 26, 2011

Future for Bernice

I found a new thing to worry about.  On Grey's Anatomy when Meredith and Derek administered the Alzheimers test and asked patients to count backwards from 100 by 7's, I panicked.  After 93, I have to subtract by picturing the numbers in the air written as a subtraction problem, concentrate really hard, and count on my fingers, which isn't easy with subtraction.  For one thing, sevens are HARD!  I asked Jackie if they time you and count off if it takes too long.  We were on the phone, so she asked her husband Ed, a clinical psychologist who specializes in head injuries, about it.  He had a field day messing with me and basically said I was doomed.  No help there.  Jackie told me to memorize it, so I could do it.  It's like studying for a test, I guess. 

Just in case, I'm going to make sure Brian, Melissa, Kathy, and my friends tell them if I have to take that test that I have never been able to count backwards like that.  How do people do that so fast?  If it were by fives or twos, it would be a snap, but not sevens!!  Also one of my pupils is naturally larger than the other, so I guess I need to wear one of those bracelets to let them know in case I pass out because that's a sign of something serious. OK, I'll stop now before I spin out of control.  Besides, I might need a paragraph on that bracelet for all my weird stuff. 

9 comments:

Miss Ginger Grant said...

Miss Ginger couldn't count backwards by sevens on the best of days! Hell, most days, she can't even count backwards by ones!! How the hell does counting backwards have anything to do with oldtimers?

mistress maddie said...

Bernice- the things you worry about!

Bob said...

Thanks Joy! =/
Now I'll be practicing that all day!

froggy said...

stop. watching. medical. shows!

After all the hours and hours and hours I spent at the hospital with Eldest and his six lung collapses and surgeries I will get akin to an anxiety attack if I watch those shows!

(I will not do this, I will not do this... 93, 86...)

David Dust said...

I can't do it either - and my brain is in tip-top shape!

Wait ... what were we talking about again?...

XOXOXOXOXO

Melvin said...

..just woke up, having first cup of coffee...got to the line about one of your pupils being larger than the other and thought 'what do her students have to do with Gray's Anatomy?' oy. I'll have to take this test again in an hour.

Sam said...

Is it time to go?

Kailyn said...

Tried it. Not that bad. It's about recognizing patterns in a way. Like seeing that when a number ends in 2 and I subtract 7, I know my answer will have a 5 at the end. Then again I can do multi-digit multiplication in my head thanks to a trick my 7th grade math teacher taught us. Really. My former students found it fascinating. They would call out numbers and then do the math on a calculator to check me.

Jackie said...

93,86,79,72,65,58,51,44,37,30,23,16,9,2

Now print this out and tape it to the inside of your elbow. Trust me, you'll look completely normal.

Seriously, don't worry, Berniece, we'll be there to tell them that you have always been this way.