I forgot to tell everyone! I wanted to have pre-procedure testing done states-side according to Zamboni protocol which includes a 25 ft. timed walk, timed peg test, and cognitive (math) test, and I wanted it done in a clinical setting to help silence the skeptics. That way the post-procedure "me" can be compared a bit more scientifically with the new improved "me." My neuro office was kind enough to comply so now I feel much more ready.
I would encourage everyone to do the same if possible but you'd better hurry if you're leaving next week. It just makes sense to me with all the "anecdotal" evidence and talk of placebo effect.
If you can't do it, then as a compromise you could try having someone film you doing something similar. Measure off 25 ft, and use whatever ambulatory aids you must have (I can't walk at all without support so used a rollator). Have someone time you walking the distance, stop the clock, turn around, then time the walk back. Be sure you can replicate this after the procedure -- same person timing you, same time of day, etc. If 25' isn't feasible use a different measure. The main thing is to be consistent. I think.
For peg test, if I had been unable to do it at the neuro's, I would have taken 12 pennies, and had someone time me picking them up one by one, dropping them into an empty egg carton, then picking them up again, first with dominant hand, then the other. It's not the same but it can still be used to document "before" and "after." If you drop a coin you have to start over. Again I would film it. No practicing in advance. Get someone else to set it up for you.
The cognitive test is a bit more difficult because it was a measured recorded voice calling out numbers. I'm not sure how to replicate it well and I don't think it's a good idea to use the "real" one (which can be found online) as it could lead to being accused of memorizing it in advance. Maybe someone has suggestions. (I wouldn't be so paranoid if everyone weren't out to get me.)
Just some ideas!