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Unread 12-03-2004, 08:56 AM
forgetfulness? Brain fart?

Hi all,

I'm new to this message board, a friend who had found this forum after her surgery recommended it to me. I've been reading a lot of the posts, but I have a different question I guess.

I am a bit over 2 wks post op now, TAH BSO on Nov 15th. I'm not on pain meds except at night, so I don't think my foggy brain is from that, or is it? My problem is short term memory loss.... I'll give you an example.

Yesterday before dinner my DH told me that he is going to have to attend an all day seminar on Sat about 2 hrs away, so he'll be gone most of the day, and into the evening. In addition he is working Sunday from 7-2pm, so I was depressed because I really was looking forward to him being home for two days with me. He could tell I was feeling down about that (I think the tearing up gave it away!) and promised that we would spend Sunday afternoon together doing whatever I wanted to do.

Then last night a friend came over to visit, and reminded me that the next meeting for an organization that I am very involved with is this coming Sunday afternoon. I miss all my friends a lot, so I told her I would come if she would pick me up. She only lives a mile away, so it's not far, and I can come home anytime it gets to be too much for me. I'm doing really well, so I don't think it will be.

This morning it suddenly dawns on me that I planned to spend Sunday afternoon with my DH and now I've said yes to the meeting .... what WAS I thinking? How could I have forgotten the conversation that we had just before dinner, and it was less than two hours later?!!

This is not the only instance of me doing this over the past week or so, but it's the most recent. Has anyone else experienced this? What is up with this?

thanks for listening!
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Unread 12-03-2004, 09:14 AM
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OH yes! we call it brain fog
It is very common after the surgery. It can be from the anesthesia since it takes a while for it leave your system, but even after that time has passed some of us still experience the fog. I am one year postop from my hyst and it does get better, but the surgery is so traumatic to your body it kind of puts eveything out of whack. I have had to make lists and put notes on post it notes and had them all around me post op, even happened after my other surgeries this year.
Unread 12-03-2004, 09:21 AM
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Thanks - post it notes might work. I am a list maker, compulsive list maker, and that has always helped me stay organized. Maybe a calandar?

But forgetting entire conversations is way more than I expected!

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Unread 12-03-2004, 09:32 AM
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I have always made lists too. I did get a calender last year after myhyst because my DD is into everything and I used to so that DS and DH would no where we were if they came home and we weren't there. Of course DH NEVER looks at it and ends up calling me anywayl...LOL
Unread 12-03-2004, 11:11 AM
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How funny that I just read this topic. About 15 minutes ago I dialed my mother's phone number to tell her something important and once it started ringing, I completely forgot why I was calling. I sure hope this does get better! LOL
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Unread 12-03-2004, 11:19 AM
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I am 11 months post op and I have terrible memory problems. I was started to get worried about it until I read your posts. Now I understand that I am not the only one. I try so hard to remember things, but the more I try the worse I get. I write notes all the time also !
Unread 12-03-2004, 03:08 PM
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I'm 4 months post-op and too have occaisonal mental-pause moments......filled out a check at Walmart the other day and when I went to sign my name, something felt funny. That's because I maded it out to MYSELF and didn't even realize it (!!
Unread 12-03-2004, 04:44 PM
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I have been making lists since surgery-now if I could just find where I put them.....
Unread 12-03-2004, 05:57 PM
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I am just about 7 months post op. I did something really stupid at work today, AGAIN!!Talking about brain farts!!
I unlocked my locker and got my purse out. I was writing a check for a bill I wanted to drop off on my way home. I slung my purse back into the locker and locked it. I came out onto the unit and went to unlock the office door and realized I didn't have my keys. I had put them in my purse and locked them up, along with my house keys, which have my extra locker key on them. I have done this 3 times now since returning to work. I feel like a idiot when I have to call maintenance to come cut it off for me. One of the men suggested I get a combination lock. I know I would forget the combination to it!!My coworkers must really think I am a dizzy broad. I swear my brain was removed during my hyst.

I have done lots more than this, but too much to go into. So , you are not alone!!

Unread 12-03-2004, 06:10 PM
forgetfulness? Brain fart?

Normally when I go grocery shopping I do it in a somewhat orderly fashion, making sure I get all the produce I need when I'm in produce, all the cheese I need when I'm at the cheeses etc. (I am NOT a list maker. I'm naturally a disorganized mess.)

Anyway, my grocery shopping became me going, oh yeah, I need this...then walking across the store to get it, then oh yeah, I need that...then walking back to the side I was just at etc. Back and forth. Then I'd come home and realize I forgot the main thing I went to the store to get. (Oh, Jeez, I just realized I did it again just today!)

A couple times I had to tell my BF to "BE NICE!" when I'd forget some totally important thing he told me.

Bummer that I'm far enough along my recovery to not have such a good excuse for my brain farty behavior. That's how I am most of the time anyway! It just got a bit worse for a month or so after the big H.

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