My mental processes are picking up and I'm capable of much more complex thoughts but I forget what I was doing if I stop - I can't rewind the threads in the stack and do the context switches the way I usually do, I still can't hold an entire argument in my head at once and my vocabulary is - what's the word - not as good as usual; I say 'thing' a lot... if I was with it enough to feel more Flowers for Algernon about it I'd be more horrified. Mind body duality and the way illness depresses the mental functions; I want to say something cleverer about it. Also the admiration I feel for friends with debilitating conditions who get this kind of effect longer term.
Also gratitude for modern pharmaceuticals and for a balanced medical system that tells me to use steam as well as pills. I came across a fantastic essay about the journalist responsibilities of writing about vaccination, from a journalist who got death threats after covering the vaccination 'debate' for Wired (I found it from twitter and I can't currently think of the right search terms to find it again). I could never be as respectful as the writer about idiots who don't understand the concept of herd immunity and while I have sympathy for parents who are worried about doing the wrong thing or whose children have been diagnosed autistic I think it's a far greater tragedy that whooping cough, measles and mumps are now diseases that once again kill children. Science journalism has a hard path to tread between not accepting claims of pharmaceutical developers without challenge and making wingnuts think that the whole medical industry is out to make money by charging patients to kill themselves with new drugs. Insert more sophisticated analysis here (I might come back and do that when I have a brain; today I shall stick to something less challenging).