Somewhere in my sheath of WordPress posts is one that detailed a memory loss. I couldn’t remember what year it was, how old I was and where my new condo was. It happened after I worked out on the elliptical at Wellington Fitness. The doctor said something like “transient short-term amnesia”. I actually can’t remember the term.
Well … here we go again. Maybe I should just copy the earlier post.
Another elliptical afternoon, after a long absence due to surgery. I rode the horse for an hour and did quite well for an out-of-shape human. I was tired at the end but nothing extreme. I tried to remember my friend at the front desk. What a lovely human being – so full of life. But what was her name? After a few false starts, “Karisa” finally came to me but I wasn’t sure of the spelling. And let me tell you, Bruce does spelling.
I’m still struggling with the name of another friend at the desk. I think it’s Tracy. Oh my. Where oh where has my lovely brain gone?
After my elliptical session, I went back to my locker to get my yoga mat. Couldn’t remember the combination. I’ve had that lock for twenty years or so but no correct number came. I spun and spun. And now, hours later at home, I still can’t remember it. Finally, Marcin, my trainer, cut my old friend off. Later I went to Canadian Tire to get a new one and you’ll be happy to know that its combination is 36-38-32.
Before the big cutoff, in a pique of sadness and panic, I went to the front desk and talked to Karisa. She had heard my story before. She encouraged me although I don’t remember what she said.
Back to my locker to try a new combo. Nope. Then back to a bench near the front desk. Karisa came out to sit beside me. She encouraged me again, but again I can’t remember what she said. But she’s my friend and that’s what matters. I told her that this was a very special moment. To be present when my brain couldn’t remember details. To feel the sadness and let it be there. To know that in the grand scheme of things, I’m okay.
When this happened to me in the summer, I was planning to go to Michigan the next day to watch a women’s golf tournament. But my passport was in the safe and who knew what the combination was? I woke up the next morning with 99-72-36 on my lips.
Now the next morning is tomorrow. I already remember 99-72-36. It’s the dead padlock combo that escapes me. Maybe my pillow will provide as the sun rises.
Hey, this writing is pretty good so I must have intact brain cells. I’ll take what I’m given. And how very humbling this life is.