Saturday, May 23, 2009

Losing It




You have all heard of CRS (can't remember stuff). I suffer from this malady and it plagues me on a daily basis. I thought you might get a giggle out of this video if, you too, suffer from CRS.

I keep reminding myself of the story about the doctor who had a patient who was worried that he was getting Alzheimer's Disease. The physician told him, "If you forget where you left your car keys, that's normal. If you forget you have a car you are in trouble."

Based on that story I am not in deep doo doo yet; still I worry. I will be merrily typing away and I suddenly can't remember a noun, pronoun, verb, adverb, or the name of a famous person. I am, for the first time in my life, no longer sure about the spelling of a word. I tell you folks, that's scary. A mind is a terrible thing to lose.

18 comments:

Maggie said...

Oh, I am so very grateful for spell check. After I lost my short term memory to a stroke, I became very grateful for every little addition like that to my life. My keys hang around my neck on a lanyard, and my life is on my computer's hard drive. I drive a truck so am doubly safe there. :)

kenju said...

Darlene, I figure once you hit your 7th decade, you are entitled to forget a few things. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Darlene said...

*Maggie - Thank you for the visit. I hope you will return. Sounds like you have found the perfect solution to short term memory loss. Maybe I should hang my many notes around my neck. That way I won't lose the notes to remind me of what I will surely forget. ;-)

*Kenju - I like your attitude.

Joy Des Jardins said...

Well according to Kenju's theory I must be on the 'fast track' because I've already had those moments Darlene, and I've got eight years before I hit my seventh decade. I've already forgotten how to spell some words while I'm typing....words that I know perfectly well how to spell. Suddenly I'm second guessing myself. It hasn't happened often, and it probably happened when I was up late and tired...but I did feel like I was losing it and it kind of frustrated me. I'll tell you one thing....I do use spellcheck more than I ever did before....just in case. I don't think I trust myself these days.

janinsanfran said...

Oh my -- what a gem! I am living with a partner who is completing a dissertation and is striving so hard to concentrate on a few things that she could easily forget something like having a car. I'm going to hang on to this video and pass it on when she has a moment of frustration. Thanks.

Nancy said...

Darlene,

My husband and I are a pair! If I ask him ,"What was that fellow's name that we met at the hospital?" he never knows, and the same for me. If he says," Who was in that movie we saw the other night?" I can never think of the person's name.

So, I guess that's why we get along so well. Nobody knows nuttin!And you know what, Darlene? Who cares?

20th Century Woman said...

Darlene, that video is a treat. I used to love Tom Rush when I was young, and it's nice to be reminded that we have company as we all grow old together. I needed some cheering up after the recent hullabaloo on my blog.

Kay Dennison said...

LOL I posted this video on my blog last year!!!! It's a hoot!

And yeah, I have serious CRS.

Darlene said...

*Joy - My memory loss isn't new. I have always had problems in that area, but I am really on a fast track now. It not only happens when I'm tired, it happens when I first get up. Am I up yet or just dreaming? ;-).

*Janinsanfran - I hope it helps her. Luckily, I no longer have a car so I don't have to worry about forgetting it.

*Nancy - You're right, "Who cares?" Beside, you have a fantastic memory for recalling funny jokes. I can always count on you to make me laugh.

*2oth Century Woman - I hope the video cheered you up. You can haul it out anytime you need a lift.

*Kay - It's nice to know I have company.

Tabor said...

I got a mini-GPS to help me remember where I parked my car...trouble is...you guessed it...I keep forgetting to use it!

Betty said...

I have a lot of trouble remembering stuff, too. Not too worried, yet. But, it is a bit disconcerting.

Beth Niquette said...

Wow--you are a brave young lady! I think you are doing fine for your age. Phew! I only pray I'll be doing so well. You are amazing! And you are a wonderful writer.

Rain said...

I have this happen too and it's weird the things I will forget and others that I remember. It is worrisome but seems to be typical and when I think of all I do remember, I feel it's probably okay.

Vagabonde said...

This is why I started my blog now “Recollections…” as I thought that if I waited too much longer, it may become harder to recollect as time goes by. But reading you wonderful posts, it gives me hope that as I get older I may be able to keep writing my blog – yours is a joy to read.

Sylvia K said...

I'm with Kenju, that's my story too and I'm sticking to it! And, yes, thank goodness for spell check! Can't believe how many words I find myself stumbling over every time I sit down to write something. Ah, the joys of old age, but on the other hand I've decided it's better than the alternative -- I haven't said all I intend to say yet! Have a great day, Darlene, and thanks for the laugh!

Darlene said...

*Tabor - Tee Hee!

*Betty - Disconcerting and also frustrating for me.

*Beth - How nice to see a new name. Thank you for the visit. I hope you will return and thanks for your kind words.

*Rain - Yes, that's the other side of the coin - the strange things we do remember. (Some we would like to forget.)

*Vagabonde - Thank you!

*Sylvia - I think we both have promises to keep. I'm not ready for the ice floe yet and as long as I have a thesaurus and a dictionary I'll keep blogging.

Looking to the Stars said...

Darlene, I go thru the same thing and it is scary. Even typing on the blog i forget how to spell and I used to be a great speller. Thanks for all you have shared on your blog, it has helped me more then I can say :)

One Woman's Journey said...

Darlene, I relate to all that is shared. It is just our aging brain. Trust me. Love sent from Nashville, Tn.