When it comes to your health, you can often feel like something has been stolen from you. Whether it’s your sanity, personal control over your body, your mood or your well-being, or precious time with the ones you love – you just feel robbed!
As some of you may not know, we have a 2.5 year old son. He’s an absolute joy and such a blessing to our family. He was diagnosed with a migration issue which may or may not be causing classic seizures where he blanks out for a few seconds and regains consciousness shortly thereafter. These typically happen when he is very sleepy or when he is asleep. As a result, my husband and I have allowed him to climb in bed with us to feel a bit more secure.
As I lay watching him last night wriggling around our bed, I had a moment. A moment that I didn’t want to forget. Our little boy is so much bigger and so much more grown up. Time is just slipping away! This made me realize that I can’t recall things that I want to remember. Flashback photos will pop up of him on my Facebook feed or people will say, “remember when…” and the truth of the matter – I don’t remember that!
I HAVE BEEN ROBBED!
This nasty, nasty combination of disease of adrenal insufficiency and Hashimoto’s has taken the one thing that I can’t get back – my memories. Sure, I have some memories (although a large majority of an entire year pre-baby of my life is practically wiped away). I remember moments that I have willed myself not to forget, photos that I have studied and times that I am just too stubborn to let go. However, I don’t remember what I truly want to remember. The smiles, the laughter, the baby stages – just being his mom.
I’m a big proponent of professional photography. Sure, I take photos with my phone all the time, but the anticipation of “photo day,” the actual experience of taking the photos and the joy of seeing them digitally or in print afterward, help me to remember. Creating an event helps me to recall the little things that so many of us with “normal” memories, “normal” health, “normal” anything, take for granted.
How do you cope with memory loss and decreased memory comprehension brought on by adrenal fatigue or insufficiency and/or Hashimoto’s or hypothyroidism?