Monday, December 19, 2011

Oops! I forgot, again and again and again...

Some days I wonder if  maybe I might have the early onset of Alzheimer's. I have been forgetting things at an alarming rate.  Single handedly I have forgotten three events for the Christmas weekend.

  1. Friday night I scheduled a Christmas celebration for my mother, daughter, stepdaughter and myself - Stepdaughter is with her mother Friday night and guess what - I knew that...
  2. At Thanksgiving we made plans to celebrate our Christmas meal at a friend's house - I scheduled dinner at my house with my mother for the same day and even the same time. I hope she likes eating alone....
  3. Next Monday we have a play date scheduled with two of my daughter's friends - I scheduled a lunch for us with my mother.  I hope she likes GattiTown...
I do notice a common thread here.  These are all events that I have planned that include my mother.  The worst part is that when faced with the double bookings, the light bulb comes on and I know that I knew about those other events.  Do I intentionally block these things out or is it purely due to having too many things to do and not enough time to do them?

I did find out today that my mother has Sjorgren's (Show-grens) Syndrome.  This is an autoimmune disease that while not life threatening, is also not curable.  She is taking it pretty well.  It mainly affects the ability to produce saliva, tears, etc. and as long as the medication for it is taken regularly, it is pretty harmless.  It does reduce her immune system and makes her more susceptible to Lymphoma so she will have to watch out for that.  All I know is that she and I are both ready for her to feel a lot better and to stop having so many medical problems.  She is hardly in her 60's and is already on her way to requiring full time care.  Which sucks on many, many levels.

Anyways, I have now added the Google Calendar to my phone and am putting in every event that I think is even partially important... 

Brush teeth - check
Go to bathroom - check
Shower - check
Put on clothes - check, check, check...


  1. I'm so sorry about your mother. I worked with a woman who had that same disease. She used to say she was drying out from the inside. Hope the meds work for her quickly. Just you take pain meds? I have been on Vicodin for a long time now and I notice how forgetful I am about a lot of things. I also can't do simple math anymore. If I try to I screw up my checkbook. I'm a wiz at math and I've always had a memory like an elephant. Thought maybe it might be a possibility. Hugs!

  2. I would have to add one more thing to the list.

    clothes on... check.
    shirt on right side out... ooops.

    Hope things get better. :)

  3. I'm so forgetful, too. I need to do that same thing :0)

  4. @Julianna - you are too right, I have gotten my shirt on backwards, daughter's underpants on backwards, shoes on the wrong feet. Sheesh it's hard to get dressed.

    Glad to know I am not the only one that forgets stuff.

  5. Sheesh! I know that feeling! I do this crap all the time. No worries my friend it just means you are a super busy woman with waaay to much on your plate. Slow down.