Marie Louise McConville: I fear I've been losing the plot recently and need some memory-boosting help

A feeling that I've been losing the plot recently has left me reaching for memory-friendly foods
Marie Louise McConville

Well, it's finally happened.

A little over a year after my big birthday, along it came, creeping up on me like a secret ninja before it pounced, delivering a devastating attack - my first so-called `senior moment'.

I didn't see it coming nor had I expected it, but there it was, just waiting to jump on board as I leaving James into playgroup.

I should point out that I have been leaving James into playgroup since the start of January - every week at the same time - and there has never been an issue until now.

This week, we arrived a little early at the school and so, Abbie, James and myself sat in the car for a time, singing songs and talking about how amazing the Power Rangers are.

Soon, it was time to go in and taking James by the hand, off we went.

Unusually, the door of the school was open already and the playgroup leader was waiting.

I knew we were still a few minutes early so we held back a bit before she asked us to come on in.

When I walked into the classroom I was taken aback by how many kids were already in class, given that there was still a few minutes to go.

The leader quizzically asked if everything was ok as they were "worried".

I asked why so many kids were in early to which the leader replied: "They're not early, you're late".

She said: "We were worried because you are normally first in the queue. We thought something had happened."

For some reason, unbeknown to me or my brain or my memory, I arrived 15 minutes late for the playground, believing it started at 12.45pm, not 12.30pm.

I was so confused and felt a bit dizzy for a minute as I tried to work out what was going on.

Am I losing my mind?

The following day, it was still on my mind when I arrived in work.

Opening my handbag to get started, I rummaged for a pen, instead lifting out a pair of James's socks.

Why were they in my bag you may ask? I have no idea.

Did I put them there? Why did I put them there? All valid questions to which I have no answers.

This was followed by me messaging a delivery company demanding to know where my parcel was, only to then realise I had already received it but had forgotten all about it.

I don't know what's going on.

I think it's time for plenty of fish, raw leafy greens and blueberries - all said to be good for the memory.

I'm not quite ready for the walking frame just yet.


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