You may have noticed that my daughter Ashley has taken over posting our 100 Days to Disney countdown posts. What you maybe didn’t know is WHY.
On Saturday, I experienced a major loss of memory, which resulted in a trip to the hospital. The other week, I posted about some of the changes in my life. Apparently, all the changes have been a lot more stressful than I was allowing myself to believe. I went to bed Friday night praying for some sort of relief – and that relief came in the form of amnesia.
Yesterday, I had a visit with a neurologist who diagnosed me with exactly what we already suspected – Transient Global Amnesia. Here is some of what the Mayo Clinic has to say about this condition:
Transient global amnesia is a sudden, temporary episode of memory loss . . .
During an episode of transient global amnesia, your recall of recent events simply vanishes, so you can't remember where you are or how you got there. You may also draw a blank when asked to remember things that happened a day, a month or even a year ago. With transient global amnesia, you do remember who you are, and recognize the people you know well, but that doesn't make your memory loss less disturbing.
Fortunately, transient global amnesia is rare, seemingly harmless and unlikely to happen again. Episodes are usually short-lived, and afterward your memory is fine.
A common feature of transient global amnesia includes repetitive questioning, usually of the same question — for example, "What am I doing here?" or "How did we get here?" (mine were “Did I quit my job?”, “When?”, and “Is that a good thing”. I also asked about my friend Sue repeatedly.)
The underlying cause of transient global amnesia is unknown. There appears to be a link between transient global amnesia and a history of migraines, though the underlying factors that contribute to both conditions aren't fully understood. (I do suffer from migraines.)
A commonly reported event that may trigger transient global amnesia is acute emotional distress, as might be provoked by bad news, conflict or overwork. (Oh, yeah – I have some stories I could tell about this – maybe in another post.)
Anyway, that’s probably more than you cared to know - but it’s where I’ve been. I have no memory of Saturday, beyond what I’m told. Today is the first day that I’m finally starting to feel like ME again.
Now you know what’s really going on – or not going on – in Heidi’s Head. Continued prayers are appreciated, as I need to learn to keep myself from getting to a point of severe stress like I was in last week.