I know there are varying degrees of Dyslexia and I am sure there are different experiences, but would anyone be able to explain what it is like for them? I hate self diagnosing but I am really starting to suspect that there is something more going on than me just being flighty. I always thought it was just backwards numbers and letters but I was at the end of my rope today and decided to look it up. As it turns out it is way more than the mainstream understanding, but the explanations were so medical and I am not sure if it pertains to me or not.
I spoke to my mother, a little while ago. She had told me, a long time ago, that I was tested for Dyslexia when I was in first grade but that was because I always got my b's and d's confused and wrote my 7's and 3's backwards. I learned, tonight, that my mother was also tested for Dyslexia when she was a kid but they decided that she had a reading comprehension problem.
For me, I will read something and swear I read it right. Only to find out that I completely missed letters and sometimes entire words. They are not backwards or upside down or in the wrong place; I don't see them at all. I can't think of how many names, on this board alone, that I read wrong. When I catch it, though, and read back I can't understand how I didn't see it the first time. I take a really long time to read books and I thought that holding a bookmark beneath the line I am reading would help but I still find myself reading the same sentence repeatedly because when I get to the end, I've forgotten the beginning of the sentence.
The worst; what brought me to tears today, was math. I have always had a hard time with math and just called myself math illiterate. I bought a pre algebra and an algebra book to brush up on my math skills because next week I am setting an appointment to take my college placement test. I am literally doing grade school math, right now; the big four with fractions. I failed the first practice test and couldn't figure out how I was getting them wrong. I had the processes down but I was copying the equations wrong. Aware that I was prone to that kind of mistake, I was placing my thumbnail on the book, right above the part of the equation I was writing down and I still managed to do things like write 1 4/9 when the actual number in the equation was 4 1/9. I feel like the harder I try to focus, the more I mix up the numbers. I failed three more practice quizzes for simply misplacing numbers.
This is just turning into frustration babble now. I was just wondering if this is similar to what a person with Dyslexia experiences or have I completely missed the mark?