Is it just my state?
I've been having memory problems for a couple of years.
Includes sometimes not recognizing where I am while driving, dicing eggs when I want to make deviled eggs (all kinds of wrong treatment of eggs!), staring at an onion because I didn't know how to cut it, getting lost on familiar trails, leaving eyeglasses on night table when I get up (have worn glasses all my life and never done this), not being able to make sense of numbers on clock when I wake up at night (not recognizing it as a clock, I guess), Saying the wrong words..
example: someone sees a bird in a bush and I said "a bird in the bush is worth 2 in the head". It makes some convoluted sense, sure, but it NOT the right phrase. (don't feel bad for laughing because we all did)
I get close to, but do not use the right words all the time.
So...being told by a counselor that these are not normal aging things, I went to a neurologist.
I had the Montreal test, and got a normal score with the memory questions being the ones I missed. They gave me hints on 2 or 3 words (had taken this online several times and was familiar with it) Dr. said he thought my problem is depression due to dysfunctional family Chaos surrounding the care of my aging parents.
Dr. ordered a brain MRI and it was normal.
Dr. also ordered the extensive dementia testing with neuropsychiatrist.
I am waiting for 9 months for this appointment and am on a cancellations list but have not heard from them so far.
I was ready to blow this off as, yes, depression, but keep having memory problems when I am feeling good. I was blaming my husband for leaving cupboard doors open...and it took a good month to realize it was ME.
I am feeling much better this year because I switched meds, but still memory issues.
So is the long wait to see the experts something that is widespread across the U.S.? I had also called a university memory clinic. They told me I was too young for their program, and even with a doctor's referral it would be a 6 month wait.
I just want to get this testing over with. It is no wonder people don't get diagnosed early if they can't get in to get tested for a year. And next May will be a year since I first asked for an appointment with anyone.