Do You Have Brain Fog?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Do you suffer from brain fog?

Do you sometimes try to bring something to mind but just can't do it. For example, the name of a friend or acquaintance. You stand there blank, trying to bring up a name that you certainly should know.

It's embarrassing, to say the least.

Recently I was watching an old black and white movie featuring movie stars I used to watch at the movie house. I knew them all. But as I watched this beautiful film star I once adored, I could not recall her name.

It wasn't until the next day that her name popped into my head. It was Susan Hayward. I go through the same scenario with other movie stars of old, like Errol Flynn, Edward G. Robinson, Don Ameche, Gene Tierney, Hedy Lamarr, Dorothy Lamour, the sarong woman, and Joan Fontaine.

I call those mystery words, that disappear from the memory.

Someone said that memory is a gentle liar. We don't always remember things the way they really were. That boyfriend or spouse we put on a pedestal actually didn't belong there, but our memory dims and we remember things the way we thought they were. Or wanted them to be. Overtime, those memories dim, become obscure.

Sometimes our past memories and present ones become clouded.

Friday wasn't a good day for remembering. Not for me anyway.

I was ready for an overnight trip. I got settled in the car seat, reached into my purse for my car keys, and they weren't there. I searched through all the purse compartments until I was convinced the keys were missing.

I went back into the house, looked on every table and counter in every room. No keys. I went back outside, emptied the purse and took another look. Still no keys.

Then I decided to look into the back seat where I had loaded my overnight bag, a change of clothes, and a couple of small plastic bags with items. There dangling on one of the plastic bags were my car keys.

I had evidentally gotten the keys out of my purse, then with them in my hand, I had loaded the overnight bag, etc., onto the back seat. Somehow the keys had gotten tangled in the handle of a plastic bag. No problem except the lost keys made me late for where I was going. And probably elevated my blood pressure.

As I get older, those times are getting closer together. I guess it comes with normal aging. Two memory killers are high sugar and fat intake, I'm told.

Sometimes the things in our long term memory get foggy. And often in the short term, we are forgetful. We lose our keys, our eye glasses, our cell phone, addresses, phone numbers, and the car in the parking lot.

And we forget to take our medicines.

So I guess it's back to the crossword puzzle. Time to exercise the brain.