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Medication and Memory

Monday, September 17, 2012

By Becca Atherton

Note: Becca submitted this post last week before her visit to California.

This Friday I will be traveling up to California to see my doctors there. Lately I have been having a lot of memory problems, which we think may be because of one my medications. The problem becomes, though, that this medication protects me from a certain type of arrhythmia and right now, we are not sure if there is a medication I could take besides this one that wouldn't have the memory side effects.

I have always been pretty responsible when it comes to remembering things and I have rarely ever needed to write things down or use a personal agenda, but because my memory is getting so bad, I sometimes even forget to take my medication in the morning. There are days when I wake up and I can't remember putting my oxygen on before I went to bed the night before! It is a scary thing to deal with but also extremely frustrating that I can't even remember my school schedule.

Have any of you had this happen to you when you started a new medication? If any of you do have memory problems (for any reason), what are some tips or things I could do to just keep myself on track? I hate looking irresponsible because I show up to class late, thinking it started at a different time than when it really did. I don't want this to hinder or affect me in a way that could ruin the way people see me as a worker and student, so any advice would be so appreciated.


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