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    Dreams

    I think Iíve always dreamed a reasonable amount, with the usual problem of not being able to recall most of them on waking.

    Since diagnosis, I donít think the frequency of dreams has changed much, but I do try to remember them more. This was partly in response to a psychologist at the hospice, who I no longer see because he seemed fixated on analysing my dreams rather than talking about how I was feeling. (I never told him the best ones anyway to avoid making him jealous!)

    But Iíve realised, three years down the line, that in all the recent dreams I can remember, I am walking perfectly normally Ė I do not have MND. The disease has never figured in any of my dreams.

    Strange, eh?

    Doug

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    I often dream of walking again, only to have the unconscious brain kick in and add, "Really funny that, because you can't walk any more." The other night I dreamt I was in the wheelchair, bowling along, and somehow tore off the joystick. I shudder to think what a Freudian would make of that.
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    I have almost always remembered dreams and can alter what’s happening in dreams if it’s drifting into something scary or otherwise not what I’m comfortable with. I have mostly always dreamt of normal daily life things and family holidays and adventures. I haven’t been in a wheelchair yet in my dreams. When I was learning to play the fiddle for about four years up until my fingers couldn’t do it I used to practice new to me tunes in my sleep. Then when I played them during the next day I’d improved. Hence I believe our dreams are useful as well as being biologically necessary. I enjoy my dreams particularly much these days and it helps me stay positive. Lynne
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    I have regular vivid dreams in which I am walking, running or dancing. Like Lynne I enjoy these dreams. I also regularly dream about our daughter who we lost when she was a little girl and these dreams are always beautiful.

    OK Doug , what are you dreaming about that could make a psychologist jealous?

    Love Debbie x

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    I was told that some of the medications I take can cause dreams to become vivid. As yet I always appear to be able to walk and talk normally so I wonder if our dreams protect us from reality.

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    Thank you for your interesting replies folks.

    It’s clear we dream in very different ways, but often with no reference to our MND.

    Lynne – your ability to control your dreams is amazing!

    Debbie – if you really want to know, naughty girl, you’d better PM me.

    Stay safe!

    Doug

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    My dreams havenít caught up with my lack of physical ability but often reflect my and mirror my feelings, I often wonder if itís my brains way of preparing my mental health to tackle or enjoy what has or will happen and try and keep me smiling

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    In my dreams, I can walk or even run, but am always aware that this is something special, and I am getting better in the dream. When I wake, I always feel I can move around a bit better that day...perhaps dreams reinforcing positivity?

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