Following on from the recent post by Taytaydarz regarding speech issues/ verbal recall and cognitive impairment from Hypothyroidism, I would love to know how those of you with these debilitating issues work around your mental deficiencies.
I have ME/ CFS, Fibromyalgia and am hypothyroid. Each separately comes with cognitive issues, but the three together combine to make a brain that struggles to speak a sentence, a mouth that slurs words and a memory that would forget my head if it weren't screwed on (and yes, I am supplementing the relevant vitamins and minerals etc!). I am disabled in body AND mind yet every day presents a metaphorical mountain to climb.
However, fighting the good fight, I am currently studying to be a restorative/ remedial yoga teacher for spoonies like me (cue; me sleeping through my course hours at a time, with a hot water bottle clutched to my chest).
Despite having the memory of a goldfish with dementia (no offence meant - that's how it feels; I've even spoken to my GP about early-onset dementia and run through the possibilities with him), I need to do an Anatomy and Physiology exam as part of my course. Needless to say, I don't stand a chance of passing, since my brain is as joined-up as a toddler's dot-to-dot. I rely on my iPhone to leave the house with my keys.
So... For those of you with disabling cognitive issues, how do you remember things? What helps?
Have you certain methods which help to jog or organise your memory?
If you had to revise and retain information for an exam (at 41 years of age and out of practise even without the cognitive problems!), what would/ could you do to make the facts stick?
Any tips gratefully received!