A.A.A.D.D (aka Chemo Brain)

This may sound familiar…!

"Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. - Age Activated Attention Deficit

This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden.

As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it
needs washing.

As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the porch

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the bin under the
table, and notice that the bin is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the rubbish

But then I think, since I’m going to be near the mailbox when I take out the
rubbish anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my cheque book off the table, and see that there is only one cheque

My extra cheques are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my
desk where I find the can of Coke that I had been drinking.

I’m going to look for my cheques, but first I need to move the Coke so that
I don’t accidentally knock it over. I see that the Coke is getting warm and
decide I should put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke, a vase of flowers on the counter
catches my eye - they need to be watered. I set the Coke down on the
counter, and I discover my reading glasses that I’ve been searching for all

I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I’m going to water the

I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and
suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table. I
realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I will be looking for the
remote, but won’t remember it’s on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it
back where it belongs, but first I’ll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.
So, I set the remote back down on the table, get some mop to wipe up the

Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day:

* The car isn’t washed,

* The bills aren’t paid,

* There is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter,

* The flowers don’t have enough water,

* There is still only 1 cheque in my checkbook,

* I can’t find the remote,

* I can’t find my glasses,

* And I don’t remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m really
baffled because I know I was busy all day long, and I’m really tired

I realize this is a serious problem, and I’ll try to get some help for it,
but first I’ll check my e-mail.

Do me a favour, will you? Forward this message to everyone you know, because
I don’t remember to whom it has been sent."

LOL…so thats what I’ve got then…thought I was going mad!!!

karen x

Nice one

lol Lyn - glad to see it’s not just me, and glad you put it so succinctly - will copy & paste onto email for all other age challenged friends!

Sue xxx

thought i’d bump this up.
Anyone else got any stories about ‘chemo brain’ to make us laugh?

Love the chemo-brain storey - haven’t had chemo yet - but I know that I will benefit from this - and be able to tell all you ladies some ‘sparkling’ stories in the weeks and months ahead!



I am going to show this to my family to prove its not nannyites but treatment!!

this would be really funny if it didn’t feel so familiar! … somewhat amazingly I get several things finished by the end of the day but impossible to predict which ones it will be at the beginning of the day …blimey - if this is a taste of senility no wonder people get fed up with it!.. love FB xxx

o tee hee, this has made me laugh. I’m definitely guilty of it. x

I’m curious to know if this took an hour or all day! I found time moved at a different rate from normal!

Thank you…thank you i now feel a bit more normal :slight_smile:

Yep… chemo brain is defo on the cards for me and i thought i was going mad!!!

I have a problem of remembering things… go into another room and then wonder what i went in there for. I go and sit down then remember what i wanted to do!! Happens all the time.

Last week went to a hospital appointment and got the wrong day… Doh

Putting things in the wrong place… unpacked the grocery shopping and put the washing powder in the fridge… didn’t know i had done this until i heard my OH laughing.

Last week, 4 days after my first lot of chemo, my colleagues invited me for lunch. I was all set to go and feeling very proud that I was going to arrive on time (I’m notorious for always being late) when I realised I was locked in the house. My hubby had locked the front door on his way to work and now I couldn’t find my keys. I emptied my handbag 4 times, checked all my coat pockets at least twice. Remembered that I’d gone for a lie down on the settee when I’d come in from the supermarket the previous day so looked under settee and took all the cushions off. I’d bought toiletries at the supermarket so checked the bathroom cabinet. Gave up and rang my mum, who has a spare key, to come and let me out - but she was out and didn’t have my key so would have to walk to her house and then to mine. As I sat and waited I began to feel quite upset that chemo brain had set in all ready and wondered what I’d be like after no.6 if this was how bad I was after no.1. Then… brainwave… hubby and I had been for a walk the night before, what if he’d used my keys then?! Yes, MY keys were in HIS jeans’ pocket!! Just as mum turned up, out of breath from rushing! She wasn’t very pleased but we were both relieved to be able to blame my hubby’s absent-mindedness rather than the chemo. And he’s under strict instructions NOT to use my keys again!