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279312's blog: "My Life"

created on 10/08/2006  |  http://fubar.com/my-life/b11497
I have met several people on here, and started to talking to them. I have explained my situation to a few, but I feel that all of my friends, even those who could care less, should have the knowledge, if they desire. On the evening of August 16, 1997; me and my best friend were out bowling. It came time to leave, so we loaded our bowling stuff into his car. We ended up sitting in the parking lot a few minutes, so I sat on the trunk of his car. He didn't realize that I was sitting on the trunk of his car, and he pulled off. I made it about 100 yards before I slid off. When I slid off, I landed on the back of my head, causing me to immediately lose consciousness. My friend ran inside the bowling alley and called 911. After that he called my mom and said "Jonathan has been in an accident and won't wakeup." Within a few minutes, my parents arrived, but the Fire Dept and EMS was already there. They transferred me to the hospital. Two CAT scans were take and it looked as if my brain had exploded. It actually hadn't exploded, but it had shifted to the front of my head, causing this appearance. On the third day in the hospital, dr's had to remove part of my brain, due to the shifting of the brain. The part of the brain removed was the "frontal lobe." I was unconscious for 17 days. Upon waking up, and being semi-responsive; I was transferred to another hospital for rehabilitation. I was in rehab for 5.5 weeks, where I had to relearn all the basic things in life, that people take for granted (ie: walking, talking, eating, going to the bathroom, dressing, etc...). After the time in rehab, I went home. I had a home school teacher for the remainder of that semester, and I actually returned to school for one class. The second semester that year, I returned to school for two classes and continued to have two classes as home school. The second semester in my junior year, I was inducted into the National Honor Society where I graduated. Every day, I take time to thank God that I am still here today after all of the things that have happened to me in my past. I hope everyone that reads this will better understand me. Thanks for your time The frontal lobe is an area in the brain of mammals. It is located at the front of each cerebral hemisphere and positioned anterior to (in front of) the parietal lobes and above and anterior to the temporal lobes. It is separated from the parietal lobe by the primary motor cortex, which controls voluntary movements of specific body parts associated with the precentral gyrus. The frontal lobe reaches full maturity around age 25, marking the cognitive maturity associated with adulthood. Arthur Toga, UCLA, found increased myelin in the frontal lobe white matter of young adults compared to that of teens. Typical onset of schizophrenia in early adult years correlates with poorly myelinated and thus inefficient connections between cells in the fore-brain. The frontal lobe contains most of the dopamine-sensitive neurons in the cerebral cortex. The dopamine system is associated with pleasure, long-term memory, planning, and drive. Dopamine tends to limit and select sensory information arriving from the thalamus to the fore-brain. A report from the National Institute of Mental Health says a gene variant that reduces dopamine activity in the prefrontal cortex is related to poorer performance and inefficient functioning of that brain region during working memory tasks, and to slightly increased risk for schizophrenia. The executive functions of the frontal lobes involve the ability to recognize future consequences resulting from current actions, to choose between good and bad actions (or better and best), override and suppress unacceptable social responses, and determine similarities and differences between things or events. The frontal lobes also play an important part in retaining longer term memories which are not task-based. These are often memories associated with emotions derived from input from the brain's limbic system. The frontal lobe modifies those emotions to generally fit socially acceptable norms. Psychological tests that measure frontal lobe function include Finger tapping, Wisconsin Card Sorting Task, and measures of verbal and figural fluency.
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