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Sunday, 17 May 2009

Wrong in the head

Well, friends, tomorrow I go to have my head read.

Actually, it's to have a CT scan of my poor brain, which according to certain of my friends, has probably always had something wrong with it. My mother always assured me I was not right in the head, so maybe this goes back a lo-oong way. However it only caught up with me properly a few weeks ago, when I realised that I could not remember what I'd done five minutes earlier, kept losing words (which is most unusual for me: if there's one thing I'm never at a loss for it's words) and kept making silly mistakes in daily tasks. In short, I have become quite muddle-headed.

This would happen just when I'm deperately busy (see my penultimate post) and trying to do extra stuff including facilitating a reading of The Merchant of Venice for fellow members of the Perth Shakespeare Club. The whole thing skirted disaster. The day before the reading someone noticed I had not cast a couple of parts. How can one not cast a couple of parts, given a list of dramatis personae and a list of willing readers? I could, and did. Fortunately I was able to cast them both at very short notice, as well as two parts that the readers had to reneg on due to illness. The reading of acts one and two went really well, after all, so I'am grateful for small mercies. We'll tackle acts three, four and five at the June meeting, and maybe I'll have my head back together by then.

At first, the doc thought it was thyroid trouble causing the brain fog. I did indeed have a dearth of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, but I think it must have been a lack of iodine because a few good feeds of fish pulled the levels back to normal. The foggy-headedness, however, has persisted. So tomorrow I have to take two buses and a short walk to a place where they will take nice coloured piccies of the old grey matter to see if anything else is wrong. The doctor assures me that it's not Alzheimer's, and I agree. I fully expect to get some kind of dementia, but not yet. Most of my family succumbs to dementia in their late seventies, but I should have ten more years of normal brain function before it's my turn.

I have a gut feeling that it's actually caused by a medication I've been taking for some time for a hiatus hernia. The literature tells me that it can cause confusion, depression, anxiety, memory loss and many other complaints, and I suppose I've been lucky not to have had these side effects before. I've been on the stuff for three years, and I'm one of those people who falls asleep for twelve hours after taking a pill for travel sickness. If a med can cause strange side effects, it will cause them in me.

But even if we're erring on the side of caution, the doc and I both think brain pix will be a nice thing to have. Maybe I could have them made into a collage with the pretty ones they took of my heart three years ago.

Old age? I'd just as soon give it a miss, were the alternative not so very final:-)

10 comments:

Fiona Leonard said...

Hi Satima

Hope the tests provide enlightenment and some possibility of relief. Medication side effects are nasty.

I think Drs are far too willing to prescribe and just hope things work out ok.

Maybe stop by a naturopath and a chinese herbalist on the way home and see if you can get a good second opinion!

Fiona

Laura E. Goodin said...

Thinking of you....

Satima Flavell said...

Thanks guys. And yes, I'm seeing a naturopath on Friday!

Jo said...

I had a CT scan recently too because I keep getting dizzy all the time. I also believe its medications. However, I have been waiting to see a specialist for close on a month now. One of the bad sides of socialised medicine. Hope they can sort out what's wrong with you.

Re dementia, keep your brain active, learn new things all the time. Its supposed to help. I have a family history of dementia too.

Sara said...

I hope they diagnose whatever it is promptly, explain it to you properly, and settle on a satisfactory course of treatment if that is required. I'll be thinking of you.

Felicity Dowker said...

Thinking of you, Satima. Do let us know how you're faring.

Graham Clements said...

I hope it all goes well.

Satima Flavell said...

Thanks, friends. It's good to know you're thinking of me and wishing me well. And Jo, I hope they do the same for you as Sara suggested for me - quick, accurate diagnosis and a suggestions on how to fix it. Can't ask for more than that!

Imagine me said...

How miserable for you. I hope everything works out well. Lots of positive vibes coming your way.

Marilyn Z. Tomlins said...

Satima, Fatigue can do this.

Do let us know what the tests showed, but I am sure it will be absolutely nothing!

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