How to Solve the Biggest Problems With Memory Issues

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Memory Issues At Home

This world can be tough to navigate for someone with memory issues. When friends and family don’t understand what’s going on, it can cause devistating relationship issues. ake the mistake of forgeting a child’s ballgame or recital? The child might get upset and think you didn’t care enough to go. The other parent may also get upset and think you’re being neglectful or selfish. When this happens, not only are you, the one with the condition, dealing with your own guilt over missing something important to your child, but now you’re having to deal with your family’s disappointment and accusations as well. Forget a birthday or anniversary? Forget something your spouse told you yesterday? If he or she reacts to this in anger and frustration, possibly making accusations, your self-esteem can plummet.

Memory Issues At Work

Work performance can suffer too when someone is experiencing memory issues. The person might make mistakes on the job which can lead to them getting fired. Though you are not required by law to disclose any diagnosis to your employer, some openness and honesty about your situation goes a long way. If your coworkers know what’s going on with you, they can might be willing to help pick up the slack. Your Human Resources department should also be made aware of any condition that may interfere with your performance at work. If they are aware that something is going on, it is possible you could be transferred to a position that is easier to handle, be given a lighter workload or have your hours reduced. Your job can work with you to an extent as long as they’re aware of what’s going on, although it’s not reasonable to expect them to always cover for you or excuse your mistakes. If you have an intermittent illness that affects your memory or performance, you can utilize FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) in some cases to take time off until your normal functioning returns. Plan ahead for if/when the time comes that you can no longer function at work and need to look into applying for disability.

Memory Problem With Doctors

Forgetting a doctor’s appointment can unfortunately get you written down as a “no show” and there may be a charge for not giving them 24 hours’ notice. You can reschedule, but it may be weeks before your next appointment rolls around. That’s a long time to wait when you’re having issues affecting your daily life that need to be seen to. Even worse with your much needed overpaid specialists – it can often be months before you can get in to see them. If you miss too many appointments, they can even “fire” you as a patient for noncompliance. They you may be labeled as noncompliant for other reasons as well, such as forgetting to take your medication as prescribed. Maybe you accidentally take it too often because you forgot you already took it earlier. Maybe you forget to take it at all because you can’t remember if you already did or not. Maybe you forget to refill your prescriptions on time so you’re not able to take them for a few days until you can get to the pharmacy. When you give vague answers to your medical providers, it raises a red flag in their mind that something is off. You could find yourself mistakenly labeled as noncompliant, attention-seeking, drug-seeking, etc. It is extremely important for you to be as open and honest with your doctor as you can about your memory issues. You want them on your side, not working against you because of a misinterpretation of your actions.  I personally reley on my pill cases to keep track of whether or not I have taken my medicines.

Support Groups

Find a support group! There are others out there who are going through the same thing as you, or something similar. It helps to talk to people who understand what you’re going through. You may not get validation and support from those closest to you, but you can get it from people in similar situations. They may also have some tips and tricks for you that helped them deal with their symptoms.

 

 

It can sometimes be a sign of something else going on with your body. Memory loss doesn’t usually happen on its own, especially in younger people. Elderly dementia happens, of course, but most of the time there’s something else going on, the memory issues simply a symptom of a larger problem. There are many mental health and physical health issues that can lead to brain fog, memory loss and decrease in cognitive function, either permanently or intermittently. Getting officially diagnosed and receiving proper treatment can greatly improve all symptoms of your illness, not just the memory issues. Unfortunately, many individuals go for years without a diagnosis, so be your own advocate and don’t give up on getting to the bottom of your health issues. Enlist someone you trust who can help you remember your appointments, write down your symptoms and go to appointments with you. Forgetting to tell the doctor some of your symptoms makes it that much harder for him or her to come to a proper diagnosis.

Be prepared at all times. Wear a medical alert bracelet or carry a card in your purse or wallet. Keep a list of all medications and be sure that list is current. If you have intermittent memory loss, or intermittent difficulty with speech, this should be written down and kept in a place that emergency personnel can easily find. If you’re unable to tell them what your allergies are, what medications you’re on or what your medical diagnosis is, there is a risk of emergency personnel giving you something harmful. Therefore, it is important for them to be able to look at your bracelet or a card in your wallet to get this information in case you’re unable to tell them. Keep your emergency contacts listed and up to date as well.

Plan for long-term care before you need it. Don’t leave that decision up to your loved ones to make. Too many people wait until it’s too late to make any plans. Choose a person you trust to make decisions for you and designate them your Power of Attorney for when the time comes that you need someone else to be your decision-maker. Tell them while you still are of sound mind what your wishes are so they can carry them out on your behalf. Your family may not want to talk about things like this, so you may have to be the one to bring it up. Their emotional burden will be eased if they have your help making plans while you still are able.

About: Writer Jeanette Hall

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In her manual wheelchair.  Uses the chair to conserve what little strength she has to use each day.  The wheelchair is due to a disease that runs in her mother’s side of the family.

Was Not Diagnosed

Until over a year after she married her husband.  After her diagnoses, the rest of her family was finally given the name for their problems.  The local doctors just kept telling them they were all nuts!

Now her mother, her mother’s sister, and her two female cousins (her aunt’s daughters) all have an explanation for why their bodies decide  not to function properly.

They now know why, but there still is NO known cure.  Their vision goes out, coordination tends to be nonexistent, and legs may stop working, that is just the tip of the iceberg with Multiple Sclerosis!

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Saving Money While Living With Multiple Sclerosis

Who Doesn’t Want To Save Money When Dealing With Medical Issues?

Handling Multiple Sclerosis

People who are suffering from any of the Multiple Sclerosis varieties (or know someone who does) have to let their feelings of daily confusion about what is happening to their lives get out or they may EXPLODE!!  Cleaning up after an explosion can be quite messy for the best of people who are in good health, so imagine doing it when you may not be able to stop shaking or even stand up while vomiting all over the place!  Not a pretty picture, is it?

Keep Hands On Wallet At All Times

Keeping a supply of generic Dramamine may help stop the spewing of your last meal on the floor (doctors will probably try to dispense the pricey name brand drugs), but try the generics if you are not allergic to any of the ingredients (money saving tips).  With all the medicines a person with MS has to swallow each day, try to keep the price of each pill that you wash down your gullet more cost effective.

You will be pleasantly surprised about the alternatives that exist to name brand solutions.  Just takes a little investigation time that will pay off with great dividends by saving a few pennies with each usage of the more reasonably priced product.  Even better solution may be to start shopping where you can purchase your pills and other life staples at a discount and/ or in bulk!

Make Pharmaceutical Friends

Let your local Pharmacist know that you read each prescription’s paperwork that is sent along with the medicine in great detail, by calling if you suspect there may be a negative reaction with other medicines in your normal daily routines.  You are not being annoying, you are just protecting both yourself and the pharmacologist in case of a chance of  interaction! A pharmacist in the family was the first person to stumble blindly into the fact I might have MS by me asking if he knew anything about a drug by the name of Avonex!

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Intentional Blogging: Lesson #4

Type

Topical

Pro’s- Endless supply of writing research available on the internet for free!

Con’s- Having to cut out way too many interesting topics due to personal time restraints.  Risking missing the one BIG break because of my inability to keep up fast enough.

  1. Multiple Sclerosis Clinically Isolated Syndrome
  2. Multiple Sclerosis Relapsing-Remitting Problems
  3. Multiple Sclerosis Primary Progressive Difficulties
  4. Multiple Sclerosis Chronic Progressive Challenges
  5. Multiple Sclerosis Secondary Progressive Horror Stories
  6. Fibromyalgia Added Headaches
  7. Diabetes Type 1: What Is Happening To My Body?
  8. Diabetes Type 2: Ups and Downs
  9. Parkinson’s Disease: One Shaky Episode After Another
  10. Depression Is Not Always Your Fault!
Personal

Pro’s- Face it, it is my life after all!

Con’s- Do I really want to blog about all my stupid choices in life?  Doubt my friends would want to be dragged into this hideous display of our lives!

  1. My Diagnosis’s Story
  2. Growing Up In The Middle Of Nowhere U.S.A.
  3. Being Classified As Gifted In Third Grade
  4. Molested And Raped By Man Who Should Have Been My Protector
  5. The Only Instrument Tried To Play But Couldn’t
  6. Boy Asked To Junior Prom In High School
  7. Tripping Over My Own Two Feet
  8. Bailing Hay Was Extremely Profitable
  9. Milking Cows For A Living
  10. Motorcycles- History With Them

Decision

Will be mostly a topical blog site with personal stories included inside with the diseases that have made an influence on my life (both good and bad)!

Intentional Blogging: Lesson #3

Voice

3 Adjectives

Intelligent, helpful, and loyal are the best three self descriptive words that pop into my mind.  This is really how my communications with other people come out!  My ideal reader is looking for answers or just help in general.  She is also cursed by a chronic disease of some sort.

Use her as avatar.  Her name is “Ruth”.  Ruth is in her mid thirties and is retired on social security disability from her office job in the cities.

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Ruth

Ideal Reader

My ideal reader is similar to my avatar except possible age differences.  He might be a care partner of an ill person or just know someone not in their best health.  They might just want to learn more for pure curiosity’s sake.

Sources Of Information

Get up-to date information from WebMD.  There I can research whatever disease or symptoms I might be investigating.

Visit the National Multiple Sclerosis‘s society’s web pages frequently.  Also visit the Mayo Clinic’s information on Fibromyalgia, since too many of my friends suffer from it.

 

Influences

Older movies I consider “classics”.  You know the 1984 movie “Footloose“.  The original 1984 Ghostbusters.

Music influences as a kid was strictly old country music you remember Patsy Cline and 50’s and 60’s rock.  My husband and I still listen to the classic rock songs from back then today!

Other people agree that this is actually how I sound in real life.  Am this clumsy every day in both my speaking and actual movements.  Continue to be the only person confined to a wheelchair that can still trip over their own feet!

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Intentional Blogging: Lesson #2

Subject

Chronic Diseases

Myself and too many relatives and friends to mention suffer from at least one chronic disease!  With myself, it is Multiple Sclerosis and asthma.  Some of my friends suffer from Fibromyalgia.

Know way too much about Multiple Sclerosis since I started experiencing symptoms while still in grade school!  The doctor I saw as a child thought I was just making up my unverifiable symptoms.  Basically he told my mom I was literally nuts!

Have already been writing about my personal experiences for well over a year, so doubt I will ever run out of new writing materials.  If they find the cure for MS, I might have problems coming up with new inspirations!

Theme

Helping Other People

 

Face it, we all struggle with our own illnesses!  Offer suggestions on ways to adapt toe the changes diseases make to our bodies.  Having experienced difficulties with doctors and diagnoses first hand, explain what to expect at the various stages of their own journeys in life.

Want to focus on helping other humans (prefer dealing with animals like cats and larger dogs), but am willing to try human contact.  If I know of a way too ease their pain, will try to suggest they give it a good “old college try“.

Plan On Making My Voice

A combination of practical and anecdotal.  Occasionally, my experiences turn out hysterically funny not by my choice though!  Kind of the live and learn sort of tales.

Objective

Want to develop a friendships (as close as you can become over the internet, anyway) with as many other members of the internet society as I can.  Am willing to give them as much time and assistance as mortally possible.

Want to leave an impression of a helpful fellow human.  Have always given the impact as a loyal smart friend in the past, want to leave my new acquaintances with that impression of my writings.

My goal is to have as many people subscribing to my email lists as possible.  Hope to have to upgrade my GetResponse account up to accept over 1,000 contacts!

 

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Retaking Blogging 101 (Now called Blogging: Fundamentals)

Am currently enrolled in Intentional Blogging by writer , Author Jeff Goings.  As far as this course is concerned, has been a long time since I took it last.  Who can’t use a refresher course now and then?

Met many friends that I still keep in contact with from my first course.  We share latest challenges in life and blogging.  Some people’s family’s have grown by birth of a child.  Some have actually started a business from what they learned while blogging!

Nothing is set in stone, if you do not like your blog’s theme you can change it!  Have been through at least a dozen different themes since I started blogging.

I tend to blog to help other people with chronic illness or simply old age.  The reason I no longer keep a diary is I cannot write legibly any more due to Multiple Sclerosis.

Hope to get a short book I have written published in the next year.  Also want to start making a profit from my blogging this year as well!  Who knows, stranger things have happened before.

Am used to including a lot of graphics in my posts, so that is why I am running short on words this time.  You will be introduced to adding graphics latter in this course.  Just stay tuned until we reach the end of our training.

Look forward to seeing what interesting creations you will introduce us to with your blog!  Make sure you share your posts with each other.

Jeanette Hall

Jeanette@saintpblogging.com

Need My MS Infusion NOW!!

Jeanette Hall
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Receive Infusions Every 28 Days

That worked well back when I first started getting the medicine pumped into my veins back in 2010.  Was able to move around much better for the following 28 days.  Now, the effect lasts maybe a week at most!

By 2014 a meager 3 weeks was a good run from an infusion.  2015 2 weeks was tops for retaining my strength.  Now a week is the most I retain my muscle strength!

 

Just To Let You Know

Suffer from a chronic disease known as Multiple Sclerosis My mother might have it, but will not let doctors diagnose her with it.  Her sister (my aunt), and both her daughters(my cousins) have it.  Her son and my two brothers do not have it.  Only time will tell if my 2 nieces (my 2 brother’s female kids) start showing signs of MS!

We think my grandma (mom’s mother) may have had it, but since she was suffering from self induced cancers (cigarette smoker till the day she died), she didn’t want to go through with any testing.  The regular falling over her own feet should have set off warning signs!

The Picture Of Me

At the start of this page shows me in my manual wheelchair.  Am forced to rely on it to move around in the world today.  Fortunately, still have the strength to transfer myself from the wheelchair to other places without too much difficulties.  Transfer my self to my recliner, toilet, floor (how else could I play with our cat?), bed, you get the idea!

Gave up driving years before we moved into our house.  Rely now on a service called Metro Mobility.  They pick me up at the end of my wheelchair ramp which starts at our back door.  The ramp was built for me by Ramps.org .  They based our eligibility to have the ramp built completely free of charge on copies of our last two years income tax paperwork.

Since MS runs in my blood line, we decided not to have children.  Why curse an innocent child with an incurable disease?  We just settled for adopting pets.  Have great kids in the neighborhood in which we live currently!

In Conclusion

Do NOT spread chronic diseases if at all possible!  If your desire for kids is too much, there are plenty of children up for adoption already.  Since I am confined to a wheelchair, taking care of a child would be more than I could handle.  Also posses a short temper when faced with imperfections.  Face it, kids make mistakes, I’d blow up over their messes to quickly!

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Updated Irksome Was The Prompt Given For Today By Word Press’s Editors

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Her name is Ruth. She is a 30 year old professional woman suffering from several  chronic diseases. She is an extremely religious lady who likes to help other people.

 

Ruth Thinks You Need This:

Free information on building your own Tribe (audience).  Read the helpful information and try to give it to your audience!  Click on the link below to read the file!

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Your Irksome Mentor

Is just trying to help you get your message across to your readers or Tribe as she calls them.  Focus your message on your personal audience’s needs!  DO NOT display your writings for your own personal vanity’s sake.

What message Are You Sending?

Is it something helpful for your readers or is it just a bunch of filler on your paper / screen to amuse yourself?  Try collating useful knowledge to share with others!  Helpful lists or charts in an info-graphic are generally well accepted forms of educating people.

Am sure you have personal favorite go – to web sites you use for you research.  Why not share that list with others? Some of the sites I use regularly include:

Might be the thing that gains you life long followers of your own!

Try Sharing Your Own Writing Story

What made you first pick up your pen / typewriter to write?  Did you get inspired by someone or live through a life altering event?  A divorce or fire can shake anyone’s out look on life!  Share it with your readers so they can get to know you as a fellow human being.

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In Summary

Try not to be irksome with your readers.  Give them what they want to read from you.  If they desire your story, share it with them.  In the case of a knowledge hungry audience, feed their minds on helpful enlightening facts that you have discovered!  Give them what they desire and your tribe will follow you to the ends of the Earth only if you lead them there!