Wow, and thanks for writing :)
I am amazed by your story, your spirit, and your determination. I am honored that you took the time to write to me.
I can relate to the inability to recall common words/names, and the short-term memory loss (and long term, for me, too). It drives me nuts! Also, sometimes my heart freaks out and I just get diarrheah of the mouth and just talk and talk and talk... very fast, and sometimes makes no sense, even to me. I know how much that can frustrate.
You are lucky to have an understanding husband. I too am lucky in this way. My husband is actually the spearhead of finding things that help me... I try to ignore things, and push off any idea of "help", while he is always reading, studying, and researching new ideas like nutrition, medications, alternative therapies, etc. I hate that I need that sort of attention, and fight it tooth and nail at times.
You have a kindergartener? I miss those days! My daughters are 19 and almost 18... They are awesome. I love your term, "hotshot" for her--that is so appropriate for kids that age. Enjoy each minute--for it will seem like just a few months goes by and she'll be preparing for college. (My older one is finishing her second year at the University--Engineering major, and my younger one leaves in August for the University--Psych major with intentions on Law School.) It leaves just me and my husband. It will be a whole new world, as we married when my kids were 8 and 10... it will be our first time "alone".
What do you do to help you keep track of things? I try to write notes, but then I misplace the notes.. :) I bought a handheld computer/phone combo that uplinks with my Outlook in my kitchen computer--it has all of my contacts, calendar, lists (grocery, etc), etc... So they do synchronize and most of the time I can keep track of things that way... I use GPS so I don't get lost when I do drive. (But unlike you, I can't stand driving... I feel like I could get myself lost in a second...) When someone tells me to "remember to do XXX" or "in the morning, can you please XXX" without writing it down, I am toast. I will have every intention on doing what ever XXX is, but I will forget. I feel like I am a very bad friend sometimes. Birthdays? Ha. I can't remember them. For my daughter's 10th birthday, I got her an 11th birthday card. "D'Oh!"
I think I am going to learn a lot by coming here. First and foremost, I need to learn to accept my husband's care and attention.
I am so grateful for your reply.