I wonder if this is part of the decline I was warned about? On the weekend I was taken into hospital with sudden left side weakness. This is mostly gone and the doctor says there is no new brain damage. He says it was a stroke mimic (whatever that is). Since this I cannot see well on the left side and keep walking into things. The real problem is that I cannot speak quickly enough and reading things takes for ever. I used to read quickly and before I could read in my head quicker than I could say things. Not anymore I can feel thoughts happening in my head but they seem to hit a block and either just disappear or take ages to say. I have vascular dementia. Is this a decline step?