Aging Angrily – Self Acceptance – Short Term Memory Loss and Coping with It All

Aging Angrily – Self Acceptance – Short Term Memory Loss and Coping with It All

Aging Angrily – Self Acceptance – Short Term Memory Loss and Coping with It All

Written by, Patty L. Fletcher

Sunday July 7, 2024

Moon Phase Waxing Crescent

Good morning, everyone.
I’d like to take a moment to talk to you about something I’m experiencing.
It began in 2017, when, during a rogue kidney infection and UTI I suffered prolonged periods of extremely high blood pressure during which the blood vessels spasmed contracting and expanding for 48 hours. This left me quite impaired.
With a lot of arduous work on the part of The Seeing Eye, my Physical Therapists, and my own determination I recovered to nearly 85 percent of myself.
When this episode first happened and I found myself in Nursing therapy, it was believed by some I’d not leave.
Not only did I go home, but I defied them all and worked my dog out of the facility under my own power.
This, however, has left its mark. It left me with short term memory problems.
I have learned many coping skills over the years, but of late I’m noting an increase in trouble remembering when under pressure of any sort.
I will be bringing this to my doctor’s immediate attention for this is quite new and worrisome for me.
It is also causing problems for those I am volunteering and working with and for, so I must get it dealt with straight away.
I thank you for your kind understanding and patience as I go through this time of adjustment in my life.
Thanks to someone’s kind and gentle remarks, concerning my hyper speech, I’ve recently adjusted things due to some light mania episodes, bipolar sufferers are a work in progress, and those of us who have additional cognitive challenges are even more so.
I’ve got a handle on it though and am putting copious safety nets in place.
With the help of things like Amazon Alexa and Apple iPhone reminders, I’ve got it covered. When I am not sure I am trying not to be ashamed to ask.
I’m working diligently each day to stay in control of things as I change into an older person. YUCK! I’m still rebelling, and I think that’s part of the problem.
Damn it! I want to run around like I am 40 and I’m not a young pup anymore and it is to be quite frank, pissing me off! I’m also feeling a little ashamed and stressed.
I’m writing about it now, so for me that’s a step in the right direction.
When I’m writing, or making pottery my mind calms and is clear. I have a defined goal and am able to focus my energies in those channels.
Sometimes a mentally ill person finds themselves having one or two amazing abilities yet unable to cope with some everyday situations.
I’m still learning, and growing.
Love you guys.
Thanks for loving me.
May harmony find us all. Blessid Be.

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Thanks for reading.
PS. This is Team Blue reminding you, nothing hard comes to be unless you, keep your nose to the ground, and your tail waving at the sky.”

About Patty L. Fletcher
Patty L. Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works full time as a Writer with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disAbled from the non-disAbled. She is Also a Social Media Marketing Assistant.
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  1. Patty, it must have taken a lot of courage to post this. You’re not alone, and you’re in my thoughts.

  2. Hi Abby. Thank you for your lovely comment. I was so frustrated when I started writing. It was one thing and then it just turned into all this. So I appreciate your understanding too.

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