Despite the six years post stroke, I still have remnants of language evaporation Reading, which I used to be voracious about, is still laborious for me.
To combat my deficit I signed up for the MIT Technology Review and Popular Photography magazines to force myself to attempt short articles to read.
In the past, I used to be able to read in the evening, but now my brain begins to shut down in the evenings and reading is more challenging then before. As an engineer, I decided to optimize my reading experience, and chose a different time of day. Since I find myself just sitting in the morning eating breakfast, I attempted to read an article in the morning.
While I am not sure if this is due to the topic, or distraction within the room, the MIT articles seem to be harder to comprehend. It may be due to their longer lengths compared to the Popular Photography magazine. I find myself taking longer periods to finish the Tech Review articles.
If I am in a quiet room with little distraction, I am able to silently read an article and be able to read its length with no headache or visual migraines. In the past, even when I was reenrolled at MIT, I needed a finger or note card to guide my eyes to follow the correct lines, in addition of reading out loud.
Despite the current limitations, I still feel self empowered that I can still be able to complete a magazine, where in the past I would have avoided or unable to.
I smile realizing that I can flip the final page, and read the entire magazine. I found myself finishing a magazine a week, almost to the point I was able to be on time for the new magazine issues.