With this in mind, I am forever searching for strategies to improve my memory.
I have told you my sister's favourite technique of singing what you want to remember - like your address.
The problem with this is we have now moved rendering the old address redundant.Therefore, I recently achieved a personal best after remembering my most amount of supermarket items - four.
If this was an 1980s/1990s arcade game - like the one in the Tom Hanks' film "Big" - then I would be on the scoreboard for sure.
Anyway, the strategy I adopted for remembering all four involved attaching them - or "flagging" - them to something.
Let me first tell you the four items: corn flakes, vitamin c tablets, toothpaste and mouthwash.
The toothpaste and mouthwash came to me easily because you can group them with one another - as they tend to go together - whereas I struggled to recall the remaining two.
You may be wondering what has this nonsense got to do with brain injuries?
My brain injury has affected my memory the most - making the most mundane everyday activities suddenly seem difficult.Therefore the "strategy" I adopted was running through my everyday activities.
So firstly, I get up in the morning and have my breakfast, but wait, there's no corn flakes - we've ran out - BOOM! Corn flakes. Number one.
When I've had my breakfast, I then take a dissolvable vitamin c tablet, because like my brother, we both suffer from painful mouth ulcers.
We have both read so many articles or researched so many times into what actually helps prevent mouth ulcers and we have both tried everything - believe me.
The best article I have read says mouth ulcers are due to a weak, poor, or damaged immune system.Therefore, you must find ways to boost your immune system to fight off any germs.Now despite the amount of time I have spent in hospitals, I am far from a doctor, so in no way should anybody take this as the gospel - it is purely my own experience.
Amy's father, sister and brother are all enjoying or studying for a career in medicine and therefore are better sources of medical information than I am.
Therefore, they always joke with me that it merely gives you "expensive wee" which is probably right.
So BOOM! Vitamin c tablets. Number two.
When I've had breakfast and had a vitamin c tablet to fight off my mouth ulcers, I then brush my teeth to prepare me for the day.
BOOM! Toothpaste and mouthwash. Numbers three AND four.
The reason I write this post is because I can sometimes feel swamped by everything I cannot do. Only when I look back and remember that at one point I couldn't complete these four simple tasks in the morning without help do I become a bit fairer to myself. I have to remember I am comparing two things/people/mornings that are not comparable. My simple successes may not be successes to others but they are huge successes for me!