We’ve all done it.  Opened the fridge to look for something, only to remember you meant to go to the pantry. Or walked into a room and stood there looking around, wondering why you went in there in the first place. We all have a lot on our minds and all those cluttered thoughts mess us up once in a while.


I’ve mentioned in prior posts how I suffer from “chemo brain“… a very real “mental fog” and a side effect from chemotherapy. I thought it would get better over time (they say it does get better over time, but they don’t say how long it takes). But this week really made me think I was losing my mind. I’ve managed to laugh about it, but I’ll admit I scare myself sometimes.


Let’s start with Tuesday…. My son had an orthodontist appointment in the afternoon, so I worked from home. While home, I looked up the new address of the orthodontist to confirm her new location. I knew she moved, and I was excited about the prospect of better parking and an easier drive to the office.  However, after picking Ethan up at school, I drove to the city… parallel parked the car… put money in the meter… walked to the office building… and took the elevator to the 9th floor… It wasn’t until the doors opened and I saw the empty office that it occurred to me I was in the wrong place. I felt like such an idiot!! To top it off, going from the city to the new office, I missed my exit and had to go one more exit and turn around. (The good news? We were only 4 minutes late!)


On to Wednesday… I got home and was getting ready to cook dinner. I knew it was Wednesday, since Ethan had piano lessons. But I looked at my menu plan and decided to instead cook what was on Thursday’s menu. Not sure why, but my brain suddenly decided upon reading that word that it WAS Thursday and panicked that I missed yoga. I totally freaked myself out! I caught myself fairly quickly, but geesh, I felt like a nut.


And lastly, today… I was leaving for work and grabbed my purse, lunch bag, etc. to go to the garage. As I exited the house, I stopped and thought “I feel like I’m forgetting something.” I look at my bags… “no”, says the brain… “you have everything. Carry on.” And so I drove to work, on lovely snowy roads, only to discover I left my laptop home. This is the heaviest thing I carry… You think I would have missed it.  So it was back up the mountain, in the snow, and back to work. It only wasted an hour of my day. *sigh*


I’ve tried a number of herbal remedies for my memory, as well as essential oils. I’m thinking it’s time to try out Lumosity or something! For those of you who are also fighting chemo brain, has anything worked for you? I’m ready to try just about anything!  (Luckily it isn’t wide spread…but it happens enough that I need a number of defense mechanisms like Post it notes, voicemail / email messages to myself, and asking others to remind me of stuff!)


IMDb: May Cause Memory Loss (2013)


We’ve all done it.  Opened the fridge to look for something, only to remember you meant to go to the pantry. Or walked into a room and stood there looking around, wondering why you went in there in the first place. We all have a lot on our minds and all those cluttered thoughts mess us up once in a while.

I’ve mentioned in prior posts how I suffer from “chemo brain“… a very real “mental fog” and a side effect from chemotherapy. I thought it would get better over time (they say it does get better over time, but they don’t say how long it takes). But this week really made me think I was losing my mind. I’ve managed to laugh about it, but I’ll admit I scare myself sometimes.

Let’s start with Tuesday…. My son had an orthodontist appointment in the afternoon, so I worked from home. While home, I looked up the new address of the orthodontist to confirm her new location. I knew she moved, and I was excited about the prospect of better parking and an easier drive to the office.  However, after picking Ethan up at school, I drove to the city… parallel parked the car… put money in the meter… walked to the office building… and took the elevator to the 9th floor… It wasn’t until the doors opened and I saw the empty office that it occurred to me I was in the wrong place. I felt like such an idiot!! To top it off, going from the city to the new office, I missed my exit and had to go one more exit and turn around. (The good news? We were only 4 minutes late!)

On to Wednesday… I got home and was getting ready to cook dinner. I knew it was Wednesday, since Ethan had piano lessons. But I looked at my menu plan and decided to instead cook what was on Thursday’s menu. Not sure why, but my brain suddenly decided upon reading that word that it WAS Thursday and panicked that I missed yoga. I totally freaked myself out! I caught myself fairly quickly, but geesh, I felt like a nut.

And lastly, today… I was leaving for work and grabbed my purse, lunch bag, etc. to go to the garage. As I exited the house, I stopped and thought “I feel like I’m forgetting something.” I look at my bags… “no”, says the brain… “you have everything. Carry on.” And so I drove to work, on lovely snowy roads, only to discover I left my laptop home. This is the heaviest thing I carry… You think I would have missed it.  So it was back up the mountain, in the snow, and back to work. It only wasted an hour of my day. *sigh*

I’ve tried a number of herbal remedies for my memory, as well as essential oils. I’m thinking it’s time to try out Lumosity or something! For those of you who are also fighting chemo brain, has anything worked for you? I’m ready to try just about anything!  (Luckily it isn’t wide spread…but it happens enough that I need a number of defense mechanisms like Post it notes, voicemail / email messages to myself, and asking others to remind me of stuff!)

IMDb: May Cause Memory Loss (2013)