- Being unusually disorganized - yes, yes, yes!
- Confusion - sometimes
- Difficulty concentrating - probably
- Difficulty finding the right word - maybe
- Difficulty learning new skills - no motivation
- Difficulty multitasking - definitely
- Fatigue - not as much as during chemo but I still like naps
- Feeling of mental fogginess - yes
- Short attention span - yes
- Short-term memory problems - Why did I come into this room?
- Taking longer than usual to complete routine tasks - Can you say ADD?!?!
- Trouble with verbal memory, such as remembering a conversation - yes
- Trouble with visual memory, such as recalling an image or list of words - yes, but not as bad as with verbal
Then throw in the hormonal changes of chemo-induced menopause and you have a mess!!! I find myself feeling like I'm losing my mind one minute and then wanting to cry the next minute. The worst part is feeling so unorganized - even just around the house. I can't seem to find anything I need when I need it!!! And when people start a conversation with, "Terri, do you remember..." Uh, NO! I usually can't tell you what I wore yesterday, so chances of remembering much else are pretty slim.
I've read that this can last from a few weeks (I'm a few months past that...) to 5-10 years or more (oh my...)! So, I guess I better get a good planner/notebook and write things down in ONE location. It's time to clean the house, clean out my purse, and organize my planner!
For God is not a God of disorder but of peace...
~ I Corinthians 14:33