I have always been a bit absent-minded but lately its been getting noticeably worse, and I was getting a bit worried about it. Then someone on one of the HU boards mentioned a charity called Food for the Brain ( foodforthebrain.org ) and I went for a nose around. The have an online Cognitive Function Questionnaire which I had a go at, of course.
Now we all have certain things that define our sense of self, and for me its my intellect. I KNOW I am clever (in an IQ test/solving problems sort of way) and I rely on my brain to get me out of trouble. Its important because I have never been a structure person or a planner, so I need to be able to solve the messes I get myself into. [As an aside, I have always assumed I was just too lazy to be organised, but someone suggested the other day that I might actually have adult ADHD. How nice to have an excuse!!] Anyway, given how I see myself you can imagine how much of a disaster it seemed when my cognitive function test came back as marginally not good. Not disastrous, how-on-earth-do-you-still-manage?, but just not good for my age.
Apparently homocysteine levels are a predictor of dementia, and the FFTB is working on supplementing to reduce it. They recommended that I had a test. When my surgery prevaricated I had the test done privately(they only said the GP wanted a chat, but I was sick with worry at that point and didn't want to wait till he came back from holiday). Anyway the results also came back marginally off, so I bought my supplements and have been taking them.
Today I finally saw the GP. I was expecting a 'worried well' lecture. Instead he said the best predictor of dementia was the patient being worried about it - GULP!!! And he has referred me to the memory clinic. I can't decide whether to be more worried now, or grateful that my concerns are being taken seriously!
Now my next problem. When things worry me seriously I tend not to tell my nearest and dearest - its just one more thing to worry about. So my poor hubby is going to be greeted with the news that his dotty wife has been referred to a memory clinic! He lives with the dottiness, of course, but that isn't the same as someone saying it may be real, and not just my age.
Raised homocysteine is a result of low B12 and other B vitamins. Who gets low in nutrients???? We do!
So, if your memory is going to pot, consider going to see your GP. I imagine the clinic will retest homocysteine as well as other things, but will have to wait and see. Am sure if I ask him nicely he'll book me a followup test on the NHS now, and save me another £100