- I can remember where I put my keys the last time I used them
- I can find my purse when I need to leave without help from one of my kids
- I remember that my sunglasses are on the top of my head within two minutes of searching for them.
- I can create a blog entry in less than 3 hours without crying
- I remember to bring my grocery list with me to the store
- I remember I have list with me, and use it at the store
- I can find my phone 75%………ok 50% of the time
- I can summarize what I read in a book from the day before
- I remember an appointment without being reminded by one of my calendars
- I am able to help my kids with algebra
…….as you can read, it really doesn’t take much!
…..and it is so darn frustrating and down right scary some days. There are times the brain fog is so thick is seems as if I am trying to think my way through oatmeal, and the old-fashioned rolled ones at that. I can’t remember peoples’ names, words, what I walked into a room for, or what I was going to say next. These symptoms scare me, big time, and I have to work hard to keep my emotions in check as anxiety can come on strong and put me on a train to nowhere.
So, to assist with my memory, here are a few things that I do:
- I make a lot of lists. I keep a running list of items needed at the grocery store and things to do …………….now if I can only keep track of all my lists!
- I keep a calendar on my phone plus one in the kitchen and one in the bedroom. I also keep separate calendars on the wall for each of my kiddos major projects, homework, and tests. I realize this is a lot of calendars, but it has taken me years to discover what works for me.
- I try not focus on my mental hiccups as it leads to anxiety which makes every single symptom in the entire world worse!
- I consume healthy fats for my brain.
- I do my best to stay properly hydrated.
- I try to keep my brain active by reading, listening to music, researching, meditating, and trying to learn something new. Who couldn’t be helped by memorizing some Shakespeare?…..shall I count the ways?!
- I take omega 3 fatty acid every day.
- I take magnesium every day.
- I eat a large salad every day.
- I try to move my body daily with some type of physical activity.
Memory issues, from my experience, seem to go along with many of chronic illnesses. I would LOVE to hear what helps you………..
I have been wanting to post something for the past several days, but you know, with chronic illness, sometimes your days don’t go as planned. Since this is a chronic illness blog I am sure you can guess why I haven’t posted – yep, this past week I have been feeling bad. You know, bad, not terrible or horrible just plan ‘ol bad. That in-between state of decent and terrible, that place where you feel so guilty staying in bed because, let’s face it you have felt much worse. Nope, bad days mean you force yourself out of bed and get on with your day as best as you can. Yep, bad days are hard, instead of feeling like walking through water, it is more like quick sand, and instead of just aches and pains you can’t find a place on your body that doesn’t hurt, and oh yeah, the brain fog………it’s more like brain smog.
So, I am here to tell all of you with chronic illnesses………..YOU are total badasses! You are the real superheroes. I am sure you are thinking….no…..not me, why I can’t leap a building in a single bound and I definitely can’t lift a car over my head. Nope, you probably can’t do either of these things but who cares, what all of you do is far more impressive…………YOU do not hit someone for hearing him/her say, “but you don’t look sick” for the 50th time this year. YOU look the other way when someone gives you a dirty look for parking in a handicapped space. YOU don’t punch someone in the face when they say “if you just do/don’t do this (fill in the blank) _______________ your illness would go away.” YOU don’t walk around cussing out loud all day long due to pain and discomfort even though you have every right to do so. YOU smile and carry on polite conversation when you are out with others, faking that you are doing just fine, when you really feel like crying. YOU control your temper when some idiot compares your illness to their broken ankle. YOU comfort others even though you are the one who really needs comforting at that moment. YOU do the very best you can with what your body dishes out day after day…………………..And that my friends, makes you one badass superhero!
Until next time superheros……….don’t forget just how awesome you are!