Friday, July 19, 2013
Memories - Important!
Three years ago (June 11, 2010) I was in a very bad accident when an elderly gentleman turned his Caddy in front of my motorcycle. (I know this because I saw the pictures and lots of family has told me about it.) I have absolutely no memories of the day of the wreck or the 2 months afterwards. From what family and friends have told me (and the pics I saw), its probably just as well - I was in a lot of pain. Anyway, three years down the road I figured I was pretty well past it, except for lingering issues with my memory.
When it is work related, I apologize to my boss and then make notes on my desk calendar to remind me to do things so that I don't get embarrassed (yet again) for forgetting what should be routine/regularly done things. At home, I apologize, but it bothers me even more then. This is family and loved ones - I should be more attentive. Everyone, myself included, gets frustrated.
So I've taken the step of making an appointment next week at Columbus (MS) Air Force Base Clinic to get a referral for a specialist. Someone familiar with TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and the resultant memory problems. (Cause I've come to realize that it is a problems and in 20 years I don't want to be the old guy that forgets how to put his pants on - Its not a pretty sight! Just ask the family that was around in the hospital after the wreck.) Hopefully I can get a handle on it. I don't want to end up like my grandmother (my father's mom) Arie, who didn't know any of her family during the last couple of years of her life. Its sad, when those that love you most are almost relieved at your passing. Not that they are bad people, they were just tired of seeing the sadness and frustration my grandmother experienced with the memory loss.
Memories are a big part of who we are and I, for one, want to hang on to that as long as possible.
Everyone Have A Great Day.