Not a good day today!
I think I went to sleep last night in a bad mood and woke up this morning in one that was even worse.
And I can't even blame it on PMS!
Today, I was pretty much just ticked off at everyone, everything -the whole damned world, perhaps?
I had a doctor's appointment this afternoon and I thought maybe by the time I showered, got dressed and drove over for that appointment that might give my system time to settle down, smooth the mind a bit but even that didn't work.
As I walked back to the examining room, my doctor happened to poke her head out into the hallway from the staff's break room (they were just finishing up their lunches) and I told her then, "You just better brace yourself!"
I told the nurse as she was taking my blood pressure and that stuff that I was in the foulest of foul moods but that I really couldn't pinpoint what was causing it. So when the doctor came in the room about five minutes later she asked what was going on that brought this on and I told her too that I really wasn't sure but I really wanted to shake it as soon as I could as I really don't like feeling all mean, angry and very, very irritable.
We talked a while -quite a while, as a matter of fact - and after a few teary episodes, I was able to make some comments -using good old sarcastic humor - that did help provide a little release. Just not enough though.
There are things that I don't usually talk about -even with my kids -but that bother me though.
One of these, I addressed a tiny bit Sunday morning after church with a lady from our parish. I was going to get myself a cup of coffee and instead of reaching for the lever on the side of the coffee urn to "pour" the beverage into the cup, I started to grab hold of the lid on the top of the coffee maker. WTF? (No, I didn't say that but I was thinking when that happened what the heck are you doing, you fool?
So this lady and I were joking a bit then about getting rattled, confused, being forgetful -and for me, I find it really scary when I do get rattled like that.
Most of my family as well as many of my friends are always making comments about how I can remember all kinds of stuff from way, way back in time. And, as a general rule, that has usually been the case. But lately, I find myself unable to bring words to mind when I go to say something and even getting words mixed up when I am reading too. It's like the light bulbs in my mind are going dim at times and at other times, just plain burning out and in need of replacement.
Boy, do I wish that were possible though -don't you? I was thinking how neat i would be if somehow you could use some kind of micro sd and could just simply plug it into your brain and transfer information to little chips, put them into files then for future usage when needed and pop them in then.
Presto magic! Memory restored!
That way, if something like that were possible, I could have smallish size cards to store information like appointments I have -a mini-calendar as it were -so that I would never again forget when I have to see this doctor, go to this place or that, remember meeting dates for various groups I belong to at church, lunch dates and such.
Or, I could have another one that would hold only memories of important events, things my kids did, things my grandchildren have done too -one chip for each child, for each grandchild too. Never have to worry then about ever forgetting all the sweet and silly, or even serious, things that happen all the time within a family and which we usually rely on photographs or videos to keep those memories somewhat intact.
Why am I this concerned though -really -about the mix-ups now and again, about getting so darned forgetful?
There is a reason for that and it's primarily because a goodly number of family members have, as they aged, become senile. Some only somewhat, a few, to the extent of being very confused, not even recognizing other family members and to be very honest, that is the aspect about aging that does scare the absolute living daylights out of me!
The spring when I was diagnosed with cancer -six years ago now -I was having sessions usually twice a month for about 2 hours where I would go and talk to the minister we had at that time about all kinds of things that were bothering me -from the treatments I was getting then for the cancer to all kinds of other stuff.
I remember one session in which he and I got to talking about longevity and I had told him I wasn't necessarily all that interested in living a long, long life. Sure, it would be fine if that happened but only provided that my mind was still intact too -like a lady from our church who lived to be 102 and her mind was sharp up to the very end. Now that, I had told him, was the only way I wanted to live if I were to be blessed with a whole lot more years. I explained that I didn't want to be around if I didn't know my kids, my grandchildren, didn't even know perhaps who I was under circumstances like that then.
His response to me was this: "But Jen, if that were to happen to your mind, you wouldn't know that it had happened, therefore, you would still be happy!"
I suppose his theory does hold water there -at least to some degree. But I still don't want it to be like that.
I still want to have a clue as to what's going on around me.
How about you? How do you feel about those aspects that could impact your life?