I was reading in Katrina’s Bernes book last night about one diagnostic test for CFS.
There are many so if you think you have it please read up – this one test is not itself a singluarly diagnostic indication of CFS! That’s the small print sorted.
This one was “fun” enough to try at home. In fact there were two I tried from the following category:
Difficulty with cognitive functioning
– serial 7’s (counting backward from a 100 by 7’s)
– spelling words backwards
I started with the counting. I asked everyone in the room in turn to count backward from 100 in 7’s. I thought this was kind of cheating as by the time it was my turn I would have heard the answers! They all did it easily though got a little slower past the forties.
When it got to my turn I said “100, 93, … … … … …”. Oh dear. I knew I could break 7 into a 3 and a 4 and that would make it easier to find the next number … “so take the 3 off 93 to give me 90 … them take … oh … what’s the other bit I need to take off? … erm it’s 3 and … oh what was the number I’m supposed to be counting back in … 100, 93, oh right yes – 7’s! So if I break 7 into two number to make it easier …”
I never made it past 93. Not after 5 attempts and listening to everyone else doing it. Interesting.
Well, I never was good with numbers – I’m better with words.
Spelling backwards! “Test me! Test me!” I yelled. And you know it was fascinating. I could do it mostly as long as I thought very hard and thought a while before I started. But if I just started spelling straight off (like my husband did when I tested him) I just wanted to spell out the second half of the word and then the first half – and I knew it was wrong but carried on anyway!
So “resting” backwards for me was “i n g r e t s”. “humble” was ” e b l … h u m”. It was hilarious – for about two minutes. And than it started to dawn on me this was for real – this is really my misfiring brain exposed.
I’ll do some now – saying the word to myself and then spelling out loud. here’s what I got:
- discussion “ion cus dis”
- trapped “detrppa”
- alternative “ev …. iv …t …n a … lta”
- hopeless “ssepaho”
- understoof “doostoounde”
It’s great in a way as it tells me more about what’s happening up there (or not happening). Kind of scarey. Kind of like a new party trick – one which I think only I find entertaining and only in short bursts until I catch up and realise this is quite serious.
Not that I need the tests to know I am impaired as I am having problems typing words the right way around forwards today!
I really am ready to rival the bear of little brain!