By abby211 Latest Reply 2013-03-04 10:44:44 -0600
Started 2013-01-12 15:30:15 -0600

sorry friends i have been here before but i cant remember things that well i wonder if diabeties effect you like that alsomy vision is getting worse.what can i do or take to keep from for getting things.

29 replies

MewElla 2013-01-15 08:40:25 -0600 Report

I have my "to do list" with me till the end of the day, or I would miss something important!

pkwillhoite 2013-01-17 15:45:44 -0600 Report

I cant even go into another room to do something because by the time I get there I forgot what I needed todo…

GabbyPA 2013-01-17 18:56:39 -0600 Report

Now why can't they make an app for that? LOL

jeankrausert 2013-01-19 23:32:58 -0600 Report

ya mine goes up and down and i am having a real problem remembering things and all my drs want to pass it on to the next and i have neuropathy so bad and pad pav and i cant seem to get things under control cause everyone says something different.

jimLE 2013-01-14 16:12:13 -0600 Report

i do have at least a lil bit of trouble remembering things at times my self.especilly when i go to do some shoping.thats where my nook color tablet comes in at..i've down loaded diffrent app's programs on to which 2 of them are out of milk,and the other is fliq notes.i use fliq notes when it comes to what i do today right along with a coulpe of other things.and in the out of milk app i have the diffrent places where i shop at.and when i think of some thing i need to buy.i go to that buisness and type in what im to buy there.such things can also be good for when you need to take meds or shots.or what ever else you need to add to it.i've been looking at the diffrent app's that i can down load on to my nook.and one is called medminder.MedMinder will post alerts and/or notifications when it is time for you to take your medicine or reorder. With MedMinder you can see a list of all your scheduled dose times and reorder dates..they also have diabetic recipe books that can be downloaded as well.

GabbyPA 2013-01-13 15:23:06 -0600 Report

Sticky notes are my friends!! LOL
I do the notes as I think of things and them put them where they will be where I need them. Sometimes I get too much stuff on them and they get messed up, but for the most part, they are very helpful for me.

Now if you are having a lot of trouble you may want to talk to your doctor because forgetting a lot can be a sign of poorly controlled glucose levels. Our brains don't like spikes and drops. They prefer more steady glucose levels so you may want to look into that as well.

Nana_anna 2013-01-12 23:08:31 -0600 Report

What I do is write lists. I have my grocery list, medication list, laundry list, honey do list, you name it…Lists are helpful. Memorizing is also good. Memorize your daily routine. Make a calendar, and write down you appointments. Journal writing, writing down your medication times. You can buy those medication daily pill containers that help you remember to take your meds. I have used them in the past, but not now. I just found it to be a pain to sort through my meds and put them in their time slots. Have things organized in your home, so you can know where its located. You can lable things around your home to. Good luck!

jayabee52 2013-01-13 00:19:18 -0600 Report

my problem is when I make the list, then I forget where I put it!

abby211 2013-01-13 13:57:00 -0600 Report

you are so fuuny we are going through the same thing

jayabee52 2013-01-14 03:19:22 -0600 Report

Abby and Anna, when I was doing professional work, I used a "Franklin Day Planner" and it was helpful to me in keeping me on track with all the tasks I had to juggle. It was a life saver especially because I had ADHD.

Of course there was a time or two where I laid the planner on the roof of my car and drove off, never to find it again. Probably laying on the side of the road somewhere in Sw Kansas. I realized how much I needed it when I lost it like that. I quickly ordered a replacement. But they were EXPENSIVE.

Later on I changed lines of work where I didn't need the Day Planner so I don't get them any longer. But it worked well for me when I needed it, if I kept it up.

Nick1962 2013-01-12 19:22:21 -0600 Report

Abby, I’ll agree with James, but only a little bit (we pretty much agree on everything otherwise).
Getting forgetful is part of getting older. Doesn’t mean there’s anything “wrong” most times, just that your brain has decided there are things worth remembering, and some things aren’t. On the other hand, if you aren’t remembering important things like your address, or your husband or kids names, then yes, something’s up. If you think it’s becoming a problem, see your doctor or nutritionist. There are several supplements (like ginkgo and ginseng) that may help. Working the brain is a good way to help too. I like reading, and often times have two different books going at the same time. It forces me to have to remember the plot of each. Word puzzles are good too.

Vision is going to change with age too. Even diet plays an important part. Vitamins A and B12 are the ones that effect vision, so if you don’t get those through your normal diet, consider taking a multi-vitamin if you don’t already. In the long run, age still is a factor and you can count on things changing. Mine actually improved a bit after I hit 50, but my wife’s (non-diabetic) is still declining even after laser surgery.

Instead of the dilated retinal exam James suggests, if you have an eye doctor in your area with the new “Optomap” procedure, I’d seriously suggest looking into that. It’s a digital an examination of the retina (back of the eyes) without the need of dilation (in most cases) which captures digital images of up to approximately 85% of the retina that the doctor will keep in your permanent eye medical record. They can go back to these very detailed images as often as needed to find even the smallest of problems. It’s 100 times clearer and more comfortable than the old dilated procedure, and way more accurate.

tabby9146 2013-01-19 09:45:24 -0600 Report

wow did not know about this! this is why I put off getting eye exams every year, it's been 2 yrs now, my vision is so blurry for hours I can't drive, read anything, etc. How do they do this optomap? I am going to look it up

Nick1962 2013-01-19 16:01:01 -0600 Report

You basically look into a box and focus on a green light. Nothing touches your eye. Then they take a panoramic still-frame digital image. It’s quick and very clear compared to the old dilate/look up, look down routine where the doctor only sees a little at a time. Here’s a couple videos that explain it.

You’re at the right age for possible laser correction if that blurriness can be fixed – not so young your eyes are still forming, but not so old they’re starting to deteriorate. Don’t put this off Tabby! Of course you don’t need me nagging you about that do you?

jayabee52 2013-01-13 00:21:52 -0600 Report

I did not know of the optomap. I am due for a retinal exam, perhaps I'll have to check it out.

Nick1962 2013-01-13 12:16:04 -0600 Report

Optomap is fairly new (last 5 years or so) and not everyone uses it. If your eye doctor is one of a large group of associates, he/she probably does. As I said it's a whole lot more throrough, and yes, I'd really check it out. In the upper right corner of this link there is a find a doctor feature for your area.

jayabee52 2013-01-12 16:13:03 -0600 Report

Howdy Abby!

I do have to admit that my memory is not so sharp as it used to be. I have a lot of gaps (or "lacaunae") in my memory. Can't rely on my memory like I used to. Unfortunately there is a theory that Alzheimers is at least partially caused by diabetes. The only thing I can think of to slow the march of Alzheimers is keeping one's Blood Glucose levels at a normalized level.

Caroltoo has a spouse with Alz. and talks sometimes about it. Perhaps you could look her up and chat with her on the PMs

As far as your vision problems, are concerned, I would recommend getting a dialated retinal exam from your opthamologist to determine whether you are beginning to have diabetic retinopathy. Once that is ruled out,, then you could examine any of the many problems (diabetic or "normal") which can happen such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, and the like.

I pray you can get it all figured out


jigsaw 2013-01-13 13:46:14 -0600 Report

By the time one gets to our age bracket, I would guess that the majority of us don't have the same memory capabilities. Since you mentioned managing bg as best as possible to preserve brain function, I thought I would add blood pressure! Extremely important for good long term brain function.

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