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Forgetfulness During Menopause

Forgetfulness During Menopause

Have you experienced brain fog?  Or is it truly forgetfulness?

I did yesterday.

Yesterday was my day to sanitize my water bottles.  I do it the old fashioned way; pot of water on the stove, caps in water, turn on stove and let the boiling water do its thing.

In the meantime, I am in my office diligently working on putting together slides for a presentation I am conducting later on in the week.

Time goes by.

What about the pot with the caps on the stove?

Thank you for asking.

I have to tell you that I completely forgot about them.

My husband was out mowing the lawn and as the morning progressed I started to smell what I thought was gas.  So I thought perhaps there was something going on with the lawn mower.


As I went downstairs I realized the entire first floor of our house was drenched in a fog.  Standing in the middle of the kitchen in the fog was my husband with a look on his face that told me there was something amiss.  My husband looked me in the eyes and said

“You have completely burned your caps and we almost had a fire”.


Good news is I only burned the caps, the pot is fine after me scouring it with my favorite cleaner Bar Keepers Friend.

Not so good news:  I have realized that over the past several months my memory is not as sharp, not as keen as it once was. Mind you I always prided myself on my ability to remember things so to realize I am having to adapt is admitting that change is underfoot.

NO, I don’t believe I have a memory loss that is so devastating that I am rushing to the doctor to determine if I have the onset of Alzheimer’s.

What I truly believe is that with menopause I am experiencing what they call “brain fog”.  Silly me for thinking somehow I would escape this interesting symptom.

So you ask what am I going to do?

I am smiling, adapting (starting to write everything down) and being extremely mindful.

Lisa Lutz said it best:  “Our ability to adapt is amazing.  Our ability to change isn’t quite as spectacular.”

I’m adapting!

Miriam Iwrey

20+ years practicing Social Worker (MSW) Certified Elite LIfe Coach Midlife Transition Consultant Midlifer Mom Wife Step-daughter Grandmother

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