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Soap Opera Disease
#418467 04/08/16 04:05 PM
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Just in case any of you, like me, had your occasional doubts about this, I"m here to tell you it's real. (Well, someone ELSE had to tell me it was real first.)

I came home Tuesday from a late a.m./afternoon round of errands about 3. I greeted Bandit, then I went to bed, I am told.

I asked Bill where I had been that day, about 15 times in a 3-minute period. He called the people he knew I was supposed to have seen to determine if I had been there. Both said "yes" and that I was still an asshole. OK so far, all normal.

He asked If I had gotten a haircut, like I was supposed to. I had to go to the bathroom mirror and take off my cap to give him the answer. He called my med peeps. They said to get me there pronto. I'm not sure about anything until about an hour in the ER.

8 hours later (and one MRI), it was determined that I had experienced an uncommon attack of TGA, Transient Global Amnesia. WTF???!! It has no specific risk factors (even my strokes!), nor indicates any future anything. The ER neurologist had only seen it once before. He diagnosed his mother over------ the phone!

I have known, no crap, thousands of people in my life. I have never known anyone who had amnesia, except within a plot line. So, yup, it's real! And oh so very odd to be in the middle of. (I know, preposition at the end. I just had AMNESIA, cut me some slack, Jeezuz!)

It must be what dementia or Alzheimer's feels like. When you "leave," you have no clue that you have. No memories are being made, as that function has completely shut down. As it's happening, it is immediately leaving your brain. The ride in was about 35 minutes and I have visual memory of only 3 or 4 landmarks, though I obviously "saw" them all.

It's the only one of thousands of hospital visits where I needed my own memory "sharer" to answer ALL of the physician's queries for me while I sat there and smiled. (Just like my Dad did at 85 when he had short-term memory of about 30 seconds. Nice)

Here's the good news, if that's at all possible. I was not agitated in the least throughout this whole thing. If any of the real me had been present and aware of what was happening, I would have been really pissed off. That was my first reaction to all three strokes, 'cause I knew I had to drop what I was doing and go in to the black hole (#1 hospital in America's ER) for hours on end.

This time, nada, which is kinda nice. Though, when I returned (my real evil self), and discovered I'd been waiting for an MRI for 6+ hours, it was agitation city and I made them aware of that. They wanted to admit me (at midnight, after 9 hours, no food/water/meds) for "observation."

I said, "What yo're really saying is that you want to see how someone with this condition looks after adding sleep deprivation to the mix. No thank you. If what you find on the MRI says my head is going to explode tomorrow afternoon, please remember to call me in the morning. Have a nice night." And I signed myself old, err, I mean out.

After almost 40 years of it, the "Oh, no, I"m dying" thing gets, well, old.

So, it appears, that going daft is really not something that puts much stress on the daft themselves at all, but rather only on those who care about them. I may be weird, but that DOES comfort me a little. (Not for me! For them! Unless I become them, of course, but then it won't matter will it?)

So, all things said, I think it's a great record with great tunes and a great recording!

Oh, I forgot! (Ha-ha, grrrr!) I lost my job on Monday, then lost my mind on Tuesday. I'm really glad the week is almost over. (No, no, no, I saw the job thing coming MONTHS ago. It's OK. Because of my MDD, I can't buy a gun in Massachusetts. Ha, lucky you!

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Re: Soap Opera Disease
BobKay #418469 04/08/16 04:52 PM
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Glad you're ok, and consider yourself lucky that your conscious self wasn't able to rail against the injustice. smile


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Re: Soap Opera Disease
BobKay #418471 04/08/16 05:19 PM
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Stop scaring us Bob!

Well, you've always kinda scared us, but stop doing it with weird health issues!


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Re: Soap Opera Disease
MarkSJohnson #418477 04/08/16 09:59 PM
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You've got it all wrong. I'm not trying to scare anyone about MY well being, I'm trying to make you fear what might happen to YOU! Plus of course, I'm providing content.

Actually, I just needed it to be public. Now that I have both a medical AND public "history" of amnesia, I'm gonna get away with crap you wouldn't believe!

This is gonna make Eric Cartman's discovery of Tourette's look like 4th grade.

The number of times Ronald Regan said under oath, "I don't remember," will fall from memory, yours AND mine. The possibilities of convenient amnesia run from petty larceny to assured nuclear destruction. How exciting! I am reinvigorated!

Thanks, guys.


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Re: Soap Opera Disease
BobKay #418478 04/08/16 10:40 PM
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Bob, you promised me your M100s this afternoon. You pinky swore and everything.
Let me know when you plan on dropping them off. I want to make sure the time is convenient for me.


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Re: Soap Opera Disease
BobKay #418479 04/08/16 11:49 PM
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Awesome,
I am going to sneak over and add some "contemporary" easy listing cd's to your collection. After you forgot that you read my post you will have no idea where there came from.


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Re: Soap Opera Disease
BobKay #418482 04/09/16 03:01 PM
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Two lol's in a row.




Re: Soap Opera Disease
BobKay #418483 04/09/16 03:02 PM
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BobKay,glad you still have your sense of humour.

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Re: Soap Opera Disease
BobKay #418484 04/09/16 04:36 PM
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Bob, since you're now a "certified amnesiac", I would suggest you head to the casino. wink

Seriously, I hope you feel better.


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Re: Soap Opera Disease
brwsaw #418487 04/09/16 06:55 PM
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Originally Posted By brwsaw
BobKay,glad you still have your sense of humour.


For now.


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