I follow a few MCI groups on Facebook, and lately on one we've been talking about tricks we use to remind ourselves and keep track of things, and it got me thinking about the things I do. These are some of my compensatory behaviors. I can only do one thing at a time well. So,... Continue Reading →
Who Am I Now?
I love autumn. The air is crisp. The leaves are glorious colors. This autumn I'm pleased to be out exploring. It's been about a month now since I started night-time oxygen, and some of my mind fog has gone away. I still have good days and bad days, but all of my days are a... Continue Reading →
Is This It?
I want to find out why I have young onset cognitive decline. I've been doing the things that are recommended, like following a Mediterranean diet, exercising regularly, losing weight, socializing, and playing brain games, but my memory is getting worse. A couple of my doctors have wanted me tested for sleep apnea. I had two... Continue Reading →
Retaining My Independence
It feels like I ask my husband's opinion for everything nowadays. He's an engineer, and I have always asked for his input, but now I'm asking much more often. And, I'm asking about decisions I used to be comfortable making myself. I find it demoralizing to need help or reassurance so often. I refuse to... Continue Reading →
Making Friends With My Brain
I just finished listening to the audio book "Making Friends With Your Mind" by Pema Chodron. Pema is an American Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition. I find Buddhist psychology helpful. We all suffer, and there ways to suffer less. I like the thought of coming to terms with my cognitive impairment by becoming friends... Continue Reading →
I was there
Tell them I was not lost I may have sometimes lost my place But I was not lost I was there Tell them I was a complete person I may have seen life from a different angle But no parts were missing I was there Tell them I felt love I felt kindness And I... Continue Reading →
I've been trying to keep up to date on research about MCI, mNCD, and dementia. This week I read an article that upset me a bit: Getting lost in dementia – An overlooked danger? My first thought was, how can it be an overlooked danger? I think most people with memory problems have been worried... Continue Reading →