Having My Head Examined

I have been concerned for awhile about my memory. I don’t remember conversations that I had and if there is a pause in conversation for more that a few seconds I have completely lost the subject of the conversation. I forget words that are common and find myself saying, “I don’t remember” at least twice a day. I lose everything and more recently whomever is helping me look for the object is finding it in a different place than I remember putting it. For example, I was reading a book in bed and put the book down when I went to sleep. When I wanted to read it again I could not find it in my room. The book was found in the living room and I have no memory of moving it.

I explained my situation to my psychiatrist. A lot of what I am experiencing can be explained by depression but my grandmother had dementia (although older than me when she got it) and I do not want to overlook anything. She suggested I get a neuropsychiatric test which is a series of tests, some that include performing tasks, and are several hours long. It can help determine the reason, if medical, for my memory loss. The only problem is the first appointment I could get was April 6th, 2016! That’s a long time to be so clueless! Occasionally I will call and see if there have been any cancellations.

My doctor and I also talked about the disability update form I received. She told me, “We usually don’t see people like you coming off disability”. PEOPLE LIKE ME?!?! I do feel I am not prepared to go off disability but I had no idea how crazy I was!

If you have taken a neuropsychiatric test I would love to hear about it!


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About mamasick

Emily Cullen is a pen-name. I suffer from chronic illnesses and diseases which include Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes and Fibromyalgia. I had battled Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis but there is no longer evidence of me having these diseases and my Rheumatologist has declared them to be "burnt out" of my system. I am separated from my husband, “Grant”. Our son, “Tyler” was born in September of 2006 and suffers from tics and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is delayed in fine and gross motor skills. In my blog I seek to let sick moms know that they are not the only ones going through this, and to educate people about what can happens when one becomes catastrophically ill. I also strive to break down stereotypes of what a “Welfare Mom” is like. Anything that I have gone through due to being sick, is written on the pages of Mama Sick.
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