Just Call Me Dory

Health issues are a problem we all face at some point in our lives, and we develop conditions and recover over time. We get help where we can, but ultimately, we change our habits to please our new lifestyles.

Those of us with any ounce of common sense knows that anything can strike anyone at any age. Ten year olds can have heart attacks, arthritis can strike at fourteen, or if you’re like me, you can have a terrible memory before you turn twenty-five.

My short-term memory has become increasingly more worrying over the last year and some days are worse than others.

But what really grinds my gears, is the reaction I get from people when they ask how I am and I tell them that it’s a bad memory day. And then, instead of saying “That’s okay”, they scoff and give me a look as if to say, “Memory problems, yeah right!”

This happened to me very recently by someone I have known for a few years. They even turned their back on me when I continued speaking. That really pissed me off.

Now, seeing as a lot of people are yet to see me at my worst, allow me to give you a little insight, in the hopes it helps you to understand what I mean by “Memory problems”.

On a bad day, I cannot hold a conversation. Why? Because I forget sentences while I’m saying them. I forget what I’ve said as soon as I’ve said it and my train of thought is none existent. Whoever I’m speaking to needs to fill in the blanks for me, or the conversation just dies. And I forget what the conversation was about. I need to write down what people say to me, or I’ll forget what they’ve told me almost as soon as they’ve finished.

I don’t just forget if I’ve fed myself, but I also question if I fed the dog! I have to set strict alarms for any medication I am on, or I’ll forget to take it…and then I’ll forget that I have taken it.

I could go on, but I think you get the idea. And so, when I say, “My memory is bad today,” I really do mean it. There’s no, “Yeah right” about it. And so, I kindly ask, that if I ever do say this to you, that you don’t respond like you’ve got a giant stick up your arse. Because I already feel bad enough, without you making it worse.

I’m not ‘having a go’ at any of you reading, this is a dig/rant at a particular person, but unfortunately, they’ll never see it. And I am sick of people reacting this way, which is why I have written this.

I suppose the moral of the story is don’t judge what you don’t know.

Rant over. Regular programming will now resume. Thank you for reading and understanding, I appreciate it.

 

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