Short Term Memory?

Four thirty something on Friday. I’m at work. I rotate in my chair slightly to the left and do a test. I have the result in a few short seconds. I rotate back to center, move my mouse pointer on the computer into the appropriate cell in my logbook, and then … nothing!

Gray727_anterior_cingulate_cortexI could not remember what my blood sugar was! In the fraction of a second that it took me to read the result and position my mouse pointer on the computer, the number was gone. Vanished. Nowhere to be found in the vast space of empty that is sometimes called my brain.

I paused, thinking to myself “I couldn’t possibly have forgotten that number so quickly”. I was kind of disturbed and worried.

I actually had to turn back to the meter and pull the number out of the memory!

149 mg/dl.

Our lives are so full of numbers that sometimes a few of them fall through the cracks I guess.

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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, advocate, and Senior Community Manager at Blue Circle Health. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent my employer’s position. Read more…

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