Transient Global Amnesia (THIS IS NO JOKE)
This was a note I posted to Facebook to inform my friends and family about my TGA episode.
I later wrote a blog post about this:
Danger! Exploding Melon! Or A Day With Transient Global Amnesia
For those of my friends or family who may have tried to, or contacted me via phone or FB and I did not call contact you back, I am so very sorry. I had an episode of “Transient Global Amnesia” yesterday 3/11. Really. This is no joke. I’m surprised I’m writing this so soon after. It’s now 7:16 PM Saturday 3/12.
By Mayo Clinic staff
Transient global amnesia is a sudden, temporary episode of memory loss that can’t be attributed to a more common neurological condition, such as epilepsy or stroke. 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 any 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. Here’s a link for more info & symptoms.
I am sitting at desk at home, feet up, with my furry little dose of Prozac, my orange boy cat Rocky, asleep on my legs. I’m surprised I’m aware enough to write this. I’m still in a “dream-like state”. It all still seems quite surreal. I lost memory of a good part of yesterday. Out of the blue. No warning.
Though there are several eMails, and cell phone call logs that prove I talked to people, wrote people, and conducted business up until around 3:00 PM(?), I barely remeber waking up Friday morning.
Luckily I had enough state of mind around 9:00 PM to call my (ex) partner Chris, not knowing where I was, (though I was home) and was generally in a case of panic and confusion. . He was 2 hours north in Bellingham. He conferenced called our friends Amy & our neighbor Harriet. Harriet called 911 & came over. From what I was told, I answered the door. But I’ don’t remember that. Even now. The Ambulance came & I was taken to the NW Hospital & Medical Center emergency room. (I’m guessing here …. it must have been around 10:00PM.)
I don’t remember being poked, prodded, CT Scanned, stuck with needles, etc, though everyone tells me I was wide awake. Asking the same questions over & over again. By the time I became “aware” that I WAS in a hospital, I still thought I was dreaming. Seated to my left were Amy, Harriet, and Chris.
Amy and Harriet both went home soon after my “reawakening”and Chris & I were there until 3:00 AM. On the way home, Chris stopped by our neighborhood 24 hour Safeway & bought some peanut butter and jelly, & bread. When we got home he fed me. None of us were sure if I had eaten all day. And one of the things I repeated frequently during my “twilight” hours was … “I’m hungry! I’m hungry! I’m hungry!” I think I got to bed around 4:00 AM. Didn’t need no drugs to sleep … but the cats woke me up to feed them at 7:00 AM. I think I slept until 8-ish … and that was it for sleep today.
This morning around 9-ish the hospital called and wanted me back in for more tests and an MRI of my mellon, with & without contrast. Along with more blood tests. I kept yapping trying to piece back together the lost day(s). Because there were several days of memory that I “misplaced”. And I hit on the cute male nurse too, several times. I was punchy … what can I say. I never knew that 24 hours could be so long, or so strange.
I probably should have just written a blog post … but I wanted everyone to know I’m (sorta) okay. All the tests found NOTHING. No stroke, no blown blood vessels in said mellon … nothing. The only thing, was higher blood pressure. So, medication for that, and a follow up with my primary on Monday & a neurologist during the week.
Dats the fact(s) Jack! Or as close as I can come in my current foggy condition. For all those that will be concerned and want to call me, please don’t. I just need some space to “normalize”. And if you write it may be some time before I respond. I did want to get this up before I fell asleep tonight and update everyone on my condition & prognosis. Which … they tell me … is good. So all I can do is wait it out and heal and hope that tomorrow and the day after are better days.
Love … Joe