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Unread 02-04-2008, 07:24 AM
Brain is not working right

Again this morning, over 9 minutes for my sudoku on my hand held--- it usually takes me around 5 minutes---- a few seconds above or below. I almost wish the toy did not have a timer because all of a sudden I feel dumb and very OLD!!!!

I hated taking the HRT when I took it for just a few months and I have a history of heart problems on both sides of my family so I think my genes are programmed for me to have heart problems too. Is it worth the risk?

I will talk to my doc. I'm glad that I am not alone on this but then again I think it is a rotten side effect.

I take so much medication for bp, thyroid, allergies, I hate to add any more to the mix.
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Unread 02-04-2008, 08:21 AM
Brain is not working right

It's just good to know you are not alone.. I have the hardest time remembering how to type and misspelling words like crazy... I can agree with kj113... attention span is shot... hope I get up to speed before 6 weeks cause as everyone says " the outside world doesn't understand what we are going thru"..
Unread 02-04-2008, 08:59 AM
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I've had all the same symptoms but there is another one that really has me worried. For some reason, my eyesight has gotten VERY bad? I can't focus and have to hold things at arms length and that doesn't totally solve it. My eyesight was fine before surgery so this has me very bummed out. Has anyone else had this or know what's going on and if my eyesight will get better? I had breast cancer and have had many surgeries related to it so it's not like this was a new experience for me. WAH!!!!
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Unread 02-04-2008, 09:05 AM
Brain is not working right

I'm in Grad School (at 45 YO). I'm trying to work on a paper, and here I am on the forum because I can't concentrate. I was also told that the tiredness from anemia could be part of the problem, but I'm feeling pretty good except for not being able to concentrate. Exams are coming up in 3 weeks. Hope I get a brain before then....
Unread 02-04-2008, 09:51 AM
Brain is not working right

Hello again,

Back again, well ladies took me 2 hours to do something that I can usually do in about 45 min. wvuvavt, I also think my eyes have changed, but not too bad, I am going to the eye doc at the end of the month. It was time for me to go anyway.

Downyocean I agree it is not fun to be this unfocused. I guess we just keep working on it. Hey guess what I am a Kay also.

Here is my way of making lemonaide, I am a Speech pathologist who works with kids that have cognitive problems. When I go back to work, they will be very willing to wait for me to think things through, but the best is I think I may have a better understanding of how hard they think to answer my questions. So maybe I will be a better therapist.

blue kitty have to told your teachers about your surgery? Good luck on those exams.

Unread 02-04-2008, 09:57 AM
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I'm a first grade teacher!!!!! Like you, the young kids will wait for me to sort things out. I guess I'll have to get a pair of those cheap glasses so I can read to them. Funny thing I thought I would go back at three weeks, what was i thinking????? Now I hope I'll be ready after 4.
Unread 02-04-2008, 11:03 AM
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I'm a retired high school math teacher---mostly geometry. I'd really hate to be trying to teach math right now. I can hardly do anything that takes reasoning.

I am having trouble with my eyes a bit too. When I look at the clock every half hour all night long I can't see any numbers on it until I blink a few times and then they seem to appear. I feel like I am in the "twilight zone" and Rod Sterling should introduce my episode at any minute. I doubt that those of you under 40 have a clue about what I'm talking about.

Unread 02-04-2008, 11:44 AM
Brain is not working right

I had the same problem but it finally cleared up. I think it was from all the pain meds and it takes a while to get them out of our systems. So it will get better.
Unread 02-04-2008, 11:54 AM
Brain is not working right

Hey Kay, I know what you are talking about and the Twilight Zone is good. I just get dizzy and in a fog. I sometimes wonder if it's real, i know that sounds really dumb but it's just so surreal at times. It's been two weeks and it's a bit better but I would have thought it would be gone by now. I want my mind back. Then there's the excercise part. I force myself to walk and I'm up to a mile but I am a runner (well, more a jogger) but post surgery I could run 4 to 5 miles. I know all in due time. I just am very impatient.....and bored.
Unread 02-04-2008, 02:35 PM
Brain is not working right

I am the same way Kay. I am now 25 days post-op and feel no more alert and with it than the day I woke up from the surgery. It is like I am drugged. I posted on another thread about this with some examples but this morning was one of the funniest yet.

When making my DS's PB&J for school this morning. I put everything away as I always do... Then I headed back to the bathroom to get ready for work. On my way into the bathroom, I look down and I have a loaf of bread in my hands!

I am so glad my DD did not see this. She is 13 and would have let the whole world know and would have never let me forget it!

I talked to my Dr. about this and constantly being tired, he said it is common. He is not sure why but can only guess that our bodies are taking all the oomph we had before and using it to heal.

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