Dam. What was I doing? I can’t seem to remember. Oh yea, now I know! It’s time for another Purple Fact! Just in time too. In fact, I think I’m going to dedicate this one to my Epilepsy warriors who suffer from short term memory. We’ve all been there. Just the other day, I had to run down to the store for a couple of things. Nothing major that I would have forgot so fast but I did. I got there and I had no idea what I even went there for. What really gets me about the memory loss associated with Epilepsy is how it worsens as time goes on and with every seizure, a small little chunk and more memories are gone. The term “Seize the Day” while a small phrase has such a big meaning. With our short term memory being affected, it’s important to seize every opportunity, everyday.
Memory loss and Epilepsy go hand in hand. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, some types of memory loss associated with epilepsy are information processing, storage and the ability to retrieve. If this sounds familiar, it’s probably happened to you. Have you ever walked into a room and forgot you were there? Of course everyone has at some point however for those of us with epilepsy, we find ourselves doing that about 4-5 times a week. Like I said previously, I usually find myself wondering why I’m in the store parking lot or going “Dam, I forgot what I came here to get.” Usually it’s the latter. I have had to set up checklists/reminders on my phone so I don’t double dose my medicine. It got to the point where I would take it and I would forget that I took it. Memory Loss is very common with Epilepsy. You’re not alone in your battle. I made a video just for this Purple Fact. I hope you guys enjoy it! You can check it below. I didn’t forget it, I promise.
Try not to get mad next time your friend forgets something or has trouble trying to say a word they know. Maybe they look like they’re having a hard time processing a thought. Give it time. Give them a second. Don’t worry, it will come to them. Oh, and if for some reason they’re not processing anything and might be on the verge of having a seizure. Remain calm, don’t freak out, run around screaming. Make sure your friend is safe and secure and not in harms way until everything cools down. One last thing, don’t put anything in their mouth! I love you guys! Stay safe and always seize the day! Let me know what you think about our purple facts below. What kind of purple fact would you like to see?