Question regarding remembering things while living with type 2 diabetes

By linda653 Latest Reply 2014-09-25 11:18:07 -0500
Started 2014-09-24 00:54:16 -0500

I am newly diagnosed, as of June 2014, my a1c was 7.2. I check my sugar levels 3 times a day, for the most part I never had a number past 240 my lowest was 64. I average 140-160. Just to give you an idea..

My question is in regards to your memory, I've been having LOTS of trouble this past month remembering anything that just happened. I was wondering if anyone else is experiencing the same? Also I would bring it to my drs attention but my nex appointment isn't for another 2 months I believe.

A little about myself, I'm 30 years old, no other diagnoses besides type 2 diabetes. I take metformin 500 mg a day. I live with my 12 yr old daughter. I am the sole provider of everything in my home. I'm so scared this may be something much more serious then it seems.

Also to give you an example of things I forget and never come back to mind unless its been brought up are such things like bills, I will believe I paid my bills until the turn off notice comes or the next bill comes with last months bill added to it. School meetings, doctor appointments, how much my rent is, the day of the month,…plenty more… Really worried over it. Please help if you can.

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Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2014-09-25 11:12:14 -0500 Report

Being stressed can cause memory issues. Our brains can get so busy with the stress the circuits don't have room for the other things. My bad condensed version of a much longer explanation from a few books I read lately.
One was "Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To", by SIan Beilock.
The recent diagnosis could be a major new stress factor in your life. Sure was to me when I was diagnosed. I had major what am I doing in the grocery store moments due to the stress of trying to figure out what I should and would eat during the year after being diagnosed.
Heck I still cannot even remember my phone number that I have had for 3 years. Had to call my hubby yesterday and ask him what our address of 2 and 1/2 months is when I was joining the Botanic Gardens.. Had been doing the same with our address we had for the 3 previous years. Luckily I still had my phone in hand when she asked for my phone number, I have me in my contacts list for just such emergencies.
Yeah, get me stressed and my number recall is as bad as most of my Alzheimer residents' memory of what happened in the last hour.

linda653 2014-09-25 11:18:07 -0500 Report

Yes!!! Somebody understands! I spent 20 minutes this morning trying to remember all I need for the day and ended up forgetting to take my meds but I remembered to remind my 12 yr old to take hers! Ughhh frustrating

GabbyPA 2014-09-24 06:39:52 -0500 Report

It sounds more like you could benefit from some organization. I have found it helpful to have a bill paying day twice a month and that I keep a note on who gets paid in which cycle. I have to keep an active To Do list in front of me or I will miss a client meeting or deadline. I keep places for things so that I don't put them down somewhere and forget them. My keys, glasses, pills, and other things have a single place to be. It makes life easier for me.

Diabetes does create issues with memory, but usually if you are very high or very low. You seem to have those ends, but if your average is as you say, it might be something else.

linda653 2014-09-24 08:54:12 -0500 Report

Thank you, I will check further with my dr. I work with elderly people and see their state of mind when they become forgetful I just know I'm waaaay to young for any of it. (At least I like to think so :) )

Thank u again.

GabbyPA 2014-09-24 09:35:46 -0500 Report

Sometimes when you are around something a lot you kind of take it on. You may be more keenly aware of natural forgetfulness just because you see it as an issue in the people you care for.

medfly3 2014-09-24 03:14:57 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed on August 4th, 2014 and i have noticed my memory is getting worse. I'm taking 1000mg metformin twice a day and 10mg Glipizide twice a day. My A1c was Greater than 14 (scale does not go any higher than 14!) I have my BG levels average at 110 highest BG was 446 and lowest was 57. I forget more things like where my keys are and simple things.I forget what i just did or was talking about alot now. I hope it is the Meds and will get better. It all started after i started taking meds after Diagnosis. Hope that helps a little.