The thing is, my memory isn't any worse than it was 12 years ago, and I've learned some little tricks to compensate for my limitations. And I voluntarily stopped driving years ago because I knew that a person who cannot multitask at all should certainly NOT be driving.
Well, I thought I had problems but I've decided I'm perfectly FINE after all, or at least relatively fine anyway.
What changed my outlook?
Last weekend I called a dear old friend from college who has been dealing with early-onset Alzheimer's Disease for along time. We live in different cities and neither of us drives anymore so it's been several years since we've actually seen each other in person, so we have to be satisfied with a phone call every few months.
For the last several years my friend has tended to repeat herself at times, but otherwise there was never anything really noticeably wrong with her.
Well....things have evidently changed in the last few months. She still sounded very much like her old self, but when I was chatting about our new rescue dog "Henry", I naturally asked her if her family still has a dog (or any other pet), and there was this long pause......
|Our Sweet, Happy "Henry" :o)|
My point in posting this depressing item is to remind myself and everyone else that there are a lot of things much worse than MS, and that my memory problems are relatively minor compared to the devastation my friend's brain has endured, and that I will NEVER complain again about my puny little cognitive issues.
I will be (1) counting my blessings and (2) calling my friend at least monthly from now on. Life is short. Now I'm going to dry my tears and play with Henry.