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  • meghanne927
    The one thing i have noticed and am frusterated with is my lack of focus/concentration and retaining information....im a workaholic and very focused and a multi tasker....one thing im noticing is how frusterating its gettting....im making mistakes even when i double check my work......is this part of my symptoms that will be with me life long or only when im having a bad day? I just hate knowing what im supposted to be doing and it takes me a few tries to get it right...i feel like an idoit....
  • triara
    Well welcome to the club.  I used to be the go to person for answers when people were too lazy to use google.  I am no longer the worlds greatest authority.  However, there is an incredible relief in saying "Heck if I know."   Look it up. 

    I try to only do one thing at a time and make lists.  I have both a PDA and a computer that   send up alarms to make sure I get meds on time  and dont space apppointments.

    On the other hand, with cell phone contact lists and the internet at our fingertips, a retentive memory is no longer such a survival skill that I cant manage.  I wonder if its going to devolve the human race to the attention span of a gnat,  Ten sec sound bites have already started the process,  Politicians are beginning to count on it.  Even when recorded or on video, they deny that they just said something with a straight face,  It is rather amazing.  My memory isnt that bad YET.,  Good try but no sale. My kid runs better cons when he wants a cookie.
  • Donna_Lee
    I was a bank teller and had done that for over 10 years with a few errors here and there, but nothing that prevented me from doing my job.  I always felt my response to be slow when checking on something and with other younger and quicker co-workers I often felt like an idiot. I suddenly found simple computation in my head was diffictult.   I starte making errors even when I was sure I had checked everything.  My drawer would be off and I would drive myself crazy to figure out what transaction I did wrong.  Of course sometimes I would short people and realize it and have to call them to give them the difference.  I found the customers to be great and understanding (even though they did not know I had ms) but my manager was not so understanding.  After many tear-filled meetings (I would cry at the drop of a hat) I realized I could not do it anymore.  I have had MS for over 20 years so I still consider myself fortunate to be doing as well as I am, althougth right now I am going through a flare up that has lasted for a couple of months and I can't seem to get a grip on it.  Everytime I stop getting the solumedrol or prednisone tablets I feel the vertigo, painful numb legs, MS hugs (in more places than my chest) and many little things creeping back.  I  went through years of lilttle cognitive problems before it ever become bad enough for me to give up my job.  Stress and fatigue with the job definitley made it worse.  Hopefully you are just having some bad days and it will not become an issue for you.   I enjoy games on the computer and reading so I hope this is keeping my cognitive skills still alive.  Good luck.
  • joynerthedad
    The one thing i have noticed and am frusterated with is my lack of focus/concentration and retaining information....im a workaholic and very focused and a multi tasker....one thing im noticing is how frusterating its gettting....im making mistakes even when i double check my work......is this part of my symptoms that will be with me life long or only when im having a bad day? I just hate knowing what im supposted to be doing and it takes me a few tries to get it right...i feel like an idoit....
    Good afternoon.  I would say that lack of concentration / focus is a symptom.  I deal with it quite often.  I use dry erase boards through the house to help me with scheduling. 
    It can be very frustrating and the more I become frustrated....the worse it gets!
    Here is the thing though:  I think both you and Charliegirl have been hit with some very heavy news in the last month.  I am willing to bet that if my oldest daughter walked into the house this afternoon and announced she was not going to college, she was pregnant and moving out...
    ...I could not add 2 +2!
    Shoot!  I probably could not even point and click to get on line!
    I think what I am trying to say is...you are being bombarded with some very technical information right now.  Until things settle down with that, until you feel a little better about what direction you are taking in life...I would not worry about your focus too much.

    I am hoping you can find a way to get a better handle on what you are currently doing...check lists are very helpful...and who cares if you use one...you are geting your work done and done correctly.

    You are not an idiot...
    ...and I can prove it.

    You put your issue on this web site...
    ...looking for feed back and solutions...
    ...that is being proactive...
    ...that is being self aware...
    ....that is showing your true strength...
    ...that is far from idiotic.

    I hope your day goes well.
  • meghanne927
    Thanks guys for the cheerup....glad im not the only one.....i hope it gets better after the diagnosis fully hits me and i feel "normal" or whatever normal i can feel now a days! Ive been reading up on people taking vitamins and omega 3 to help with their memory and brain....does anyone else do this and does it help? Im not sure what other supplements to try to start taking too.. but the support on here has been great so far and just to know im not alone in my little world is making me feel as good as i can about the situation
  • Monica9
    The one thing i have noticed and am frusterated with is my lack of focus/concentration and retaining information....im a workaholic and very focused and a multi tasker....one thing im noticing is how frusterating its gettting....im making mistakes even when i double check my work......is this part of my symptoms that will be with me life long or only when im having a bad day? I just hate knowing what im supposted to be doing and it takes me a few tries to get it right...i feel like an idoit....
    I dont think any of us can tell you for sure if the cognition problems will stay or go. Mine stayed 6mths, just long enough for me to lose my job as an RN of eight yrs. My neuro said OT can be very helpful. Also, a neuropsych. eval. My cognition is much better now, i would say about 90percent back. I hope the best for you. Just from your posts I have read i can tell you are very bright. Imagine how much harder it would be if you didnt start out with such high intellectual functioning.
  • Ruthie
    I know what you mean. i struggle with it myself. I used to be very flexible with change or normal cogs in my work day--now a small shift in anything and I get totally baffled and confused. I notice I do better if there aren't interruptions. 
    I think if you get too tired or feel you are always adjusting to another problem or challenge or change, it just wears on us MS'ers--So many careers these days demand multi tasking and adapting to change. 
    Accommodations for us at the work place means a setting where there is consistancy and little change--regular breaks and low stress--quiet and absolutly no DRAMA from co-workers. 
     YOU are not an idiot. . . Workplaces and environments that demand perfection while multi tasking is not a great fit for MSer's unless you can get real special at one thing and you are given that nook-- just my opinion:) hang in there--my cognition has highs and lows.
  • charliegirl78
    The one thing i have noticed and am frusterated with is my lack of focus/concentration and retaining information....im a workaholic and very focused and a multi tasker....one thing im noticing is how frusterating its gettting....im making mistakes even when i double check my work......is this part of my symptoms that will be with me life long or only when im having a bad day? I just hate knowing what im supposted to be doing and it takes me a few tries to get it right...i feel like an idoit....
    I have noticed the same type of issues.  My memory seems to be nonexistent these days.  I have to write everything down, and that frustrates me to no end!  I used to be 'known' for my memory, I could memorize anything!  Now, I'm lucky to remember it partially, much less just be able to spout it off the top of my head.  ARGH!  At work I make a list of things I know I need to do and mark them off as I do them so I don't get sidetracked and forget.  I used to just do it all without much thought. 

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