(Good to see you back here, KEW! I hope you are doing well. Cheers!!!)
Good to hear from lots of the old gang.
I am actually doing quite well for the most part.
Now that I have had time to heal/adapt from my subdural hematoma, I have realized that my verbal skills have been impacted.
My verbal skills were never great (and I always spoke relatively slowly, but not too much as to be an outlier here in the south).
The good news is that my cognitive skills have not been impacted (that I have noticed). I may be using the wrong words, because verbal skills probably are cognitive, but what I am saying is that thought-wise, I seem to be my old self, but when it comes time to write it down or speak, it can get frustrating. For instance, I probably spent an hour composing my first post in this thread to get all of the i's dotted and t's crossed.
I also run into problems giving commands on the fly, where Alexa does not have enough patience for me because of pregnant pauses in my speech. For example, if I have a command like "Alexa, play Ed Palermo Big Band from Pandora on the downstairs group" I might glitch and pause before "downstairs group" because I don't think in words the way many people do, and I know I want to play the music on "these" speakers so I can walk around without leaving the music behind. However, remembering that "downstairs group" is the proper "code word" for this group can just take too much time unless I mentally rehearse it before I actually say the command.
I need to see if Alexa has a way to increase it's "patience" for me. I am still quicker than some older people (like my grandma in her late 80's and early 90's) so I can imagine that Amazon may allow for such a disability.
But aside from Alexa and the added burden for writing out messages which is a serious penalty on a forum like this, it is pretty much "business as usual". I am still playing Bari Sax in the 3 Big Band Swing Bands and my music performance is on par with what it was before my accident, and that alone gives me a better quality of life than I ever thought I'd have in retirement (not that I was a pessimist, I just loved playing in stage band in HS and never expected to do it again, much less, 3 bands)!