In A Fog
For a while now I’ve felt like I’ve been losing my mind, or more so my memory. I can’t remember squat, and started calling what I’m experiencing ‘brain farts.’
I’m a college instructor, and standing before my class lecturing and not being to recall particular words is embarrassing. At one time, my students teased I was going through caffeine withdrawals. Actually, I’ve become very concerned, and have made notes to discuss with my doctor next month at my regular visit.
If I don ‘t write it down, I won’t remember.
Just a few days ago, I picked up the August issue of Essence Magazine, and the article Hope For The Change, has given me an overwhelming sense of hope. I may be experiencing ‘brain fog,’ instead of farts. In the article Pauline Maki, says this fog stems from perimenopause, a combination of sleep disturbance and midlife hormonal changes.
My mother and others have warned me of the perils of menopause, but I’ve not heard much about perimenopause at all. After reading this article, I am relieved, excited, and couldn’t wait to share the information with my friend. She’s also experiencing issues of memory loss.
Other symptoms of perimenopause include mood swings, hot flashes, loss of libido, along with vaginal dryness, fibroids, and osteoporosis. Instead of staying in the dark and pretending everythings okay, I plan to arm myself with knowledge, and have a no holds barred conversation with my doctor.
The best news of all… this fog will lift after menopause when hormones balance out. I’m looking forward to that time, but will I remember the foggy period?