What Was I Doing Again? Improving Your Memory With Gingko
Posted by Kate W on Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
I used to have a freakishly great memory. I’m no Marilu Henner or anything, but I can vividly recall visual images from back when I was a toddler. Whenever my husband and I played along while watching Jeopardy from our living room sofa, I dominated him. But then I got pregnant and it’s like I forgot everything I ever knew. I soon discovered I was likely suffering from pregnancy amnesia.
As I’ve mentioned in the past, my husband has lupus. One of the common side effects of that is the lupus brain fog. While I had always tried my best to be patient with him when he forgot entire conversations and lived in a seemingly constantly scattered state, it wasn’t until I experienced the pregnancy amnesia that I really began to empathize. When you’ve been sharp as a tack your whole life it’s incredibly disheartening to wander from room to room, never remembering why you got off the couch in the first place. My pregnancy amnesia was just as hard on my husband; he was so used to me being the responsible adult in the household, it was hard for him to try and pick up my slack.
I assumed I’d get back to my old self after I had the baby, but I was soon proven wrong. Just like it takes your body a long time to rebound, your brain can take a while to get back to where it once was. I’m no longer awash in the postpartum hormones, but I also haven’t slept through the night in the 7 months my daughter’s been on this earth. In fact with how sick I was during the pregnancy, I haven’t really slept through the night in well over a year now. That kind of exhaustion doesn’t help my memory or my focus. Couple that with the fact that I take care of my baby solo for sixty hours a week while my husband works and then I work nights from my home? It’s a miracle I can remember my own name, much less anyone else’s.
S, in order to help regain my memory, I’ve started taking an herbal supplement called Gingko Biloba. It is often used as an experimental treatment in patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as a more general supplement to help both younger and older people to improve their thinking skills. As a side benefit, it may help people who have circulatory problems, so maybe my husband can stop shrieking whenever my freezing cold feet accidentally touch him. I’m looking forward to seeing how this treatment works out; maybe if it’s really effective, I can strengthen my memory to FBI profiler levels. But first, I’ll need to devise a system to make sure I remember to take it!
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