I have not had a stroke, and my short term memory is not this far gone yet, but I can relate. I have a condition called Hemiplegic Migranes and in a very short summary it is somewhat of a mimic stroke among other things. My short term memory has been affected greatly because of these “migranes”. I absolutely adored this article. Thank you. We are not alone.
Christine Hyung-Oak Lee | Longreads | February 2017 | 18 minutes (4,276 words)
Longreads is proud to feature an exclusive excerpt from Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember: The Stroke That Changed My Life, the forthcoming memoir by Christine Hyung-Oak Lee. Lee’s story was first featured on Longreads in 2014, for her BuzzFeed essay, “I Had a Stroke at 33.”
Short-term memory dominates all tasks—in cooking, for instance: I put the water to boil in a pot on the stove and remember that the water will boil while I chop the onions. I will put the sauté pan on the stove to heat up the oil for the onions, and I will then put the onions, which I will remember I have chopped, into the oil, which I remember I have heated for the onions. I will then add tomatoes. While the onions and tomatoes cook, I…
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