Weekly Blog No – 67 Memory v List

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This week I attempted to make a list as my memory appears to be failing me, it has either being affected by cancer or its my current medication. My memory was as sharp as a tack and my brain was a magnet for words, numbers and photographic data. No one ever wants to accept that you’re losing your memory in any situation. It is quiet frustrating at times especially if it was a personal asset. 

Therefore to all you people losing their memory in one way or another, I do understand.    

They say there is 7 ways of improving your memory loss.

  1. Stay mentally active
  2. Socialise regularly
  3. Get organised.
  4. Sleep well
  5. Eat a healthy diet
  6. Include physical exercise in your daily routine
  7. Manage a chronic disease

I’m sure I could improve on some above items.

I was reading the other day that a couple of symptoms for dementia is B12 deficiency and hypothyroidism. I know that I don’t have dementia but as I have two of the symptoms for the illness due to my cancer they certainly need to be managed to avoid another illness.  

This week I drafted a list of 24 items with 2 or 3 tasks on each line in order to complete the item. This is just an example

Tax Returns – Tel HMRC to change personal details, scan receipts and email accountant with information. 

Yes I’m sure for some people they are very satisfied when they complete an item but for me it was hell. Personally I thought it just emphasised how much I had to do in order to complete one task. I know what was priority and what wasn’t. If the items didn’t get done so what, there’s always another day. I did complete all the items in 2 days but was it job satisfaction, hell no. I think I found my strength and weakness. Strength is what memory I do have and weakness is I hate lists. Will I use them again, yes I will have to if I want to remember things. Maybe I need to explore how to utilise lists better. Are you a list maker?  

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7 thoughts on “Weekly Blog No – 67 Memory v List

  1. cy says:

    Kat,
    I know your feelings. My memory which was nearly photographic has been retreating from me since before my diagnosis with Carcinoid 5 years ago. For two years, I was really getting bad. I found that a statin I was taking had been blamed by the National Institute of Health for memory loss in about 7% if patients. When I had my doctor change me to another drug, my memory improved immensely!
    But, it’s still much worse than it used to be. Like you, I have resorted to lists that I never used to need. It has become almost automatic now.
    Sad but it’s what we have to do.

    May you have the best possible outcome,
    Cy

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  2. I constantly use lists, in fact, I would go as far as saying that I love lists. I use them in work and at home, but understand that lists are torture for those who need to use them but don’t like them. Try and make small lists that are more manageable rather than big long lists with tons of items on them. This might help you get used to them easier and you don’t feel so frustrated when you see a long long list of things you need to accomplish. Perhaps have a list for things you want to accomplish this week, another for say the things can wait a little longer.

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