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Doing really stoooopid things

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I made a video once with this guy who was the worlds memory master at the time (I was video production manager many many years ago).

It's really interesting if you start to think about what memory really is. for example I'm a programmer and most of my writting all day is short lines of code and symbols like this:

unless ($this eq 'that') {do this;}

I can do that stuff in my sleep, even the really complex ones, in fact the complex programming has got easier this week. But at the same time I can barely keep my eyes open and I keep calling my OH and the dog the wrong name!

So for me it seems to be my english that's faltering at the moment not my memory or analytical skills (phew there).

Of course I only started 6 days ago so it's probably not chemo brain yet anyway, just being tired from those steroids.

Angie

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hi girls , i had to laugh at this topic, i`ve done with all my treatment just waiting on recon now...............but we call this `chemo brain` and...................i still have it hahaha...............my daughter said i was always a bit ditzy and now i have a excuse lol, tis funny you set out to do something and end up standing where you are wondering what you were meant to be doing .................anyway all the best girlsjust go with the flow , caroleann

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Sorry to butt in - not being a chemo babe and all that ... but I do stupid things all the time... I got to the shops for 3 things - come back with 9 and only 1 of them is from the needed list.

Can I claim fuzzy memory by association .... I will admit to farting a lot too if it's a tie breaker.

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Yes I think that just about covers it!

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ah zoe... i laughed aloud at that!!

our memory function will improve...

i spent all day yesterday thinking it was saturday and thinking other people had it wrong!

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So you walk around farting all day in dirty clothes with stick-it notes attached.
Visions of loveliness..........
good job we can laugh together, I love this website!!! Zoe

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I finished chemo last Nov and still have fuzzy brain syndrome. It is getting better but I have to write things down all the time or they just dont happen and as for the washing, well, i put the washing in then dont switch it on, I switch it on without putting the washing in, I get it in off the line and put it back in the machine. My family are so used to it now they dont even say anything about it!!

AJxxx

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I was getting ready to pop out to the shops, went into the bedroom and took my fluffy dressing gown off the hook to go out in.....finished chemo late March but NO sign of fuzzy brain improving. NO loss of mathematical or writing skills, just real daftness!
Love Zoe (a different Zoe) x

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Zoe-I recently got "brain training" for my ds, as I know I've been decidedly woozy since starting chemo/herceptin. Umm, forget to use it...

It's good to know that I'm not the only one doing dozy things at the moment-I genuinely struggle to remember. Fortunately hubby is getting very good at reading my "mind"(!?), which is perhaps as well, as I've been known to ask him to pass me "the thing on the thing"!!

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I'm starting my chemo next Friday (13th June) and have agreed to participate in a study into concentration and brain function during chemotherapy - and the impact at work (although I've not gone back to work since my surgery at the beginning of April). My brain has definitely been a bit mushy the last few weeks - I've blamed it on the hormones I've had for our one round of IVF (freezing embryos 'just in case') but now the eggs have been harvested I'm desperately trying to complete su dokus to improve by brain function in preparation for the first test so that I don't come across as 'nice but dim' before I even start the chemo! I've even thought of going out and buying one of those brain training games and a Nintendo DS!

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Hi there - glad its not just me! Some people say it's my age, but I'd rather blame the chemo. I've lost count of the number of times I've got to the top of the stairs, paused, thought "why am I up here?", wandered back down into the kitchen, seen why I went upstairs, back upstairs again.....can't I get a stairlift? There's piles of stuff everywhere looking for a good home, but I can't remember where the good home is, either that or I lack the energy and promise I'll do it later - and forget.

What was I saying?

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i have had chemo ended march and i can say its still just as bad if not a bit worse,

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Hi Lily and everyone else - quite normal in fact I am surprised I can remember what I was going to type. My friend and I were just laughing about it this morning. She is menopausal and the same age as me so is blaming that, and my chemo has made me 10 x worse than I was. She was asking me to figure out what she was trying to say and I told her I was finding it difficult enough to find my own words. I am hoping at least some of my faculties return once chemo has finished and I am making a note of what vertangie has recommended.
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Thank you Vertangie I'm going to look into these.

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Have lost about 10 pairs of socks this week and I keep forgetting what I am doing - what did I come in here for?!!!

xx

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if you've finished the chemo you might want to look into coQ10 vitamins. helps the brain and concentration, I swear by it.

I'm using it one week out of 3 (ending 3 days before next dose) during the chemo but at my own risk, def something to check with onc if you're doing that.

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I havr just finished chemo but continue to go about in my fuzzy world. Does anybody know how long before the mind begins to clear?

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Yeah,me too. Lost my mobile, lost my trusty hat for 2 weeks, run a red traffic light as the red didn't mean anything that day (nothing coming...phew! Bit of a wake-up call, that.) got lost on way to visit my mum (that was BEFORE chemo!!!). On the plus side, new mobile has very helpful diary function so at least I can se alarms so I don't miss appointments.

Spoke to onc about it and she says it's normal.

Not sure but I think it improves a bit, unless I've just got used to it.

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Hi
Is it just me? For the third time this week I have tried to put deodorant on my toothbrush. Mind you that could be a blessing some days, with the yuk mouth! I hit the house with my car because I forgot!!! that there is car beyond the bit I can see as I go up the drive. I have to really think which roads to go down, because I cannot remember where I was planning to go. When someone asks me round, I take so long to work out if I am free, that they are convinced I don't really want to go at all!!
Is it just me? I have only had one dose
Lily x