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    An_246909 posted:
    I had a stroke 2 days ago. I am lucky to have no residual deficit but I do have the inability to multi-task. I find that I can only concentrate on one thing at at time. Is this normal? I feel that I should know this as a nurse but I don't. How long will it last ? I am at a loss. Can anyone help me with this quandry\/
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    Richard C Senelick, MD responded:
    The symptoms you are having are not unusual. The good news is that, as a rule, they will improve. The frustrating part is that no one can tell you how long it will take and whether they will totally resolve. As you know, every patient is different and everytime we try to predict the future, we are wrong.

    You are having trouble with "divided attention", the ability to do more than one thing at a time. This is very common after a brain injury or stroke- and as we get older. For now, make sure you try to create a distraction free environment. Turn off the Tv or radio when you are reading. Work in quiet areas. Avoid noisy restaurants. You get the idea.

    Good Luck
    After your stroke you may be experiencing a new normal, but remember what George Eliot said- It is never too late to be what you might have been. You still can achieve new goals.
     
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    fl32219 replied to Richard C Senelick, MD's response:
    Thank you, I will try to be patient


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