Like all people with Early Onset Alzheimer’s, I get brain fog occasionally and it usually only lasts for a few hours or a day. I forget most short term things that are told to me within a minute or two although my long term memory is good.
What was unusual this week though is that the brain fog, or lack of memory lasted the entire week. No matter what I did it did not seem to help. One day I drove to the grocery store to pick up my prescription at the pharmacy and came home with grapes. My husband asked “how much was your prescription”? I said “I don’t know I didn’t get it”. He reminded me that is why I went there. Another day I went to the post office to mail a package, and realized when I got there I forgot the package. Two days ago, I used my golf checklist at home to make sure I had everything I needed for golf. I did have it…..except I left it on the kitchen counter and had to return home to get it. Also, my electrophysiologist asked me to ask my neurologist a question and let him know. My electrophysiologist called me and answered my question. I called the cardiologist immediately and when I went to tell her what she said I could not remember it. These are just a few examples of how my days last week have gone…. this continued for the entire day.
After the second day, my husband realized that something seemed “really off” with me and suggested I lay down and take a nap. That did help. We had a very busy week last week, and I didn’t get to exercise the way I should, didn’t eat very healthy and didn’t nap like I should. I will tell you that it has been downright frightening to say the least and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Usually I have several good days and occasionally a bad day. Not a string of bad days. Holy crap.
I am trying really hard to not freak out. I am an extremely high energy person, who can multi-task like no one you have ever seen. Well, I could multi-task, until the past week. In an effort to regain my memory I have to get back to my old routine, which is exercise, exercise, exercise and follow my brain health checklist. I have also created a journal using my Day One App called “Stuff I need to remember” and every time I talk to someone and they tell me something I have to remember I am going to try to get in the habit of recordIng it in my journal which I can do by dictating it or typing it in. Then hopefully, when I can’t remember it I will at hopefully remember to at least look in my journal. I have blogged about how I use this app before in helping record my memories but now I need to take it to level.
This is not how I thought my life would be, and I am hopeful this is just a blip for me and that I am not starting a downward spiral. I would appreciate your prayers and positive vibes. I am confident I can rebound.
Peace out. Not today, Alzheimer’s not today!