Confusion Is Confusing

Leah Health Guide
  • Miquel de Cervantes once wrote:  He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he who loses his courage loses all.

     

    I love that quote; it symbolizes one of my own feelings about life.  I live with that thought each day as I deal with my moderate to severe short term memory loss.  I make the conscious decision to fight my condition, to not let it get the best of me.

     

    Courage to fight does not come without a cost, though.  It is exhausting.  Confusion is a big enemy.  Confusion, according to Webster’s New World College Dictionary, is a state of disorder, bewilderment, distraction, embarrassment, and failure to distinguish between things.  Synonyms are listed as disorder, disarray, chaos, jumble, and muddle.  These definitions and synonyms are a really accurate description of my life.

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    I am in a state of confusion at this very moment.  I have LOST the rest of my already written blog…somehow, my finger must have hit some unknown key and BAM—it all disappeared.  I have no idea WHAT key I hit OR  how to recover it!  I’ve turned to HELP on my menu…but I can’t find a solution.  I have the courage to give up and keep getting on, though…

     

    My head is full of questions throughout the day.  I can’t seem to use the correct vacuums (when I realize I need to use one, I normally have just run across it…if that makes any sense).  I bounce from one thing to the next, usually never completing any of the projects or activities.  I totally screw up when I need to follow the recipes or directions for new items I try to prepare for dinner.   I have no name recall and often do not remember faces, which is a BAD thing since I am secretary for our community association.  I talk with people face-to-face, on the phone, and through email…get to know them well…only to not recognize them the next time I see them.  THAT is embarrassing!  I feel STUPID!  But I have courage to go on, to keep getting on.  I try to remember to explain my situation…and then, again, I may OVER-explain, repeating myself…this I suspect, but don’t know for a fact…  My mind is in a muddle…

    With my courage holding me ever steady (most of the time), I am developing ways to cope:

    1.  I take copious notes and try NOT to lose them.
    2. I am putting up a combination dry erase and tack board for messages to myself.
    3. I have a sign on my cabinet:  HAVE YOU TAKEN YOUR SHOTS?    
    4. I put my insulin pens out on the cabinet as I make dinner.
    5. We have a “cleaning cabinet” where all the cleaning supplies, broom, mop, vacuums are kept.  I can remember where it is and what it kept there!
    6. I try to keep track of what I do and who I call each day on a calendar in Outlook.  I color code my doctor appointments in red to make them stand out.
    7. I assemble all my ingredients before cooking, as well as any bowls, spoons and measuring utensils.  I reread again and again the steps to be taken.

    I’m sure there are things I’ve forgotten to list and many more things I haven’t even thought of…  but that’s just part of who I am now…as I live in this ever confusing world of confusion!  I sum up my courage and get on and keep on getting on!

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Published On: March 19, 2013