Re: question about confusion and short term memory?
It's me again, Casey. Will the memory and speech improve? Yes of course. Next week you will be better than this week. And the week after that and so on. I wish it go faster but it doesn't. The brain healing itself is a slow mysterious process.
My memory came back in chunks. To this day I can't remember a name or phone number that I've heard five minutes ago. And when I try to recall the simple names that I should know (the street I lived on as a kid, my favorite parsley salad, the game show with Alex Trebek), it's a crap shoot if I'll get it right. I've learned to write everything down as I hear it and then hope I recall the right words when I need them in conversation. Gosh, I hate living this way but there's no alternative.
Oh...and then there's the word switching. My family calls this FLOOBLES. You said Elk cookies instead of spaghetti. I've made some profound errors. Instead of genetic research I once said genitalia research. Bride instead of groom. The list is huge (the ones I remember). Again, I hate living this way but there's no alternative.
So my round about point is don't give up hope. Because through all this I can hold a job, speak, and get through the day! It's taken a lot of time and energy to get here but you will get to a good point too. Better than today. Just give yourself some time and patience.