In the past 4 days I've had 4 lapses in memory. Otherwise I'm 100% fine. Is this a problem?
May 20, 2012 1:59 PM Subscribe
In the past 4 days I've had 4 major-ish lapses in memory. Otherwise I'm 100% fine. Is this a problem?
posted by Chorus to health & fitness (27 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
On Thursday, I attended a writer's reading night at a friend's house. I remember feeling cold as I left her house, but didn't think it odd that I was in a cardigan. I only realise 1hr+ later on the drive home (carpooling with others) that I'd left my coat at friend's house. Not just my coat - my house keys, car keys, gym swipe card were all in the pockets. I couldn't even remember if I'd left my phone in the coat or not (thankfully I found it on my bed when I got home)
On Friday, I filled up my car with petrol and drove around town for 20 minutes with the nozzle door (and the black cap inside) wide open. I was really paying attention to the road, driving safely, looking in wing mirrors which clearly showed the door/cap open. I only noticed it when a driver next to me pointed it out when stopped at lights.
On Saturday, I had an exam. Before I got out of the car, I checked that I had everything: pencil, eraser, calculator, photo ID. When I went inside to register, I'd left the A4-size admittance document on the passenger seat, had to run out and get it. It's big and white and rather hard to miss, but I'd done just that. I've sat 7 similar exams, so it's not like the admittance doc is a new concept to me.
Today, Sunday, I carried a load of washing through the house. I had my wallet under my elbow and heard it fall as I opened a door with my elbow. I literally said to my mother 'Oh I'll leave this door open so I won't forget to come back for my wallet'. Mother brought my wallet to me 2 hours later - I'd left it in the hall where it'd fallen. This is a Chanel wallet with 400+ in it, so it's not something I could easily forget, but I did.
I don't drink alcohol, smoke and the strongest caffeine I drink is green tea. I avoid dairy, sugar and 'white' carbs, but chow down on wholegrain everything. I get 8 hours of sleep every night, even naturally awaking around 7:00 without an alarm. I'm down around 2 stone since March. Periods regular from a lifetime of them not being so. No birth control, no other drugs.
Looking back on what I've typed, the incidents seem somewhat insignificant. But in my head they seem *huge*. I find myself checking things over and over now, because that gut-wrenching feeling of having forgotten something is so horrid. I don't know if the incidents are enough to see a doctor about - I thought I might need to at least speak to someone earlier, but now after writing this question, I think I'm blowing these incidents out of proportion.
Has anyone experienced mental lapses like this? A small voice in my head says it's probably period-related, but can that really turn someone into a total dope? It doesn't feel fatigue related, I sleep as much as I need and am quite diligent about that. This feels different from forgetting someone's birthday or a name - this is like forgetting physical things, belongings. And the 'brain rush' from suddenly remembering is like a shot of adrenaline.