As soon as I answered the phone and heard Barb, the dental hygienist who cleans my teeth every six months say, "Pat I expected to see you an hour ago?", I shreiked "OH NO" I completely forgot my dental appointment which might not sound like that big of a deal but it is bugging me. I had to call their office to confirm this appointment a couple weeks ago; it was on my calendars on my tablet and smart phone, neither of which I use much or look at while at home and it was on the kitchen calendar which I walk by mindlessly entering the kitchen. Jerry sits right near the calendar reading the daily newspaper with his morning coffee and usually looks at it and can remind me of things but he said nothing today either. Well Barb laughed to hear I had just flat blanked out and said, "senior moment?" Because I never miss my appointments, she called to be sure I was alright. We rescheduled for a couple of weeks from now and I circled the day in red on the kitchen calendar....now I have to look at it.
I Googled and reaffirmed what I have learned that such things can just happen; here's a link to interesting info on a Psychology today website. http://psychology.about.com/od/cognitivepsychology/p/forgetting.htm
|Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve and Study|
Maybe I shouldn't worry about my senior moment so much or is it a blip from my fidgety? Must I begin to pay better attention, one thing at a time? Certainly I must look at that calendar each morning first thing. Here in retirement I make my own schedule but live a rather uncomplicated routine. Deliberate forgetfulness or mindlessness? I have heard that simply forgetting is nothing to show concern about unless it becomes routine and or unless one does not immediately recall when reminded, as I did in horror today. That's my Halloween fright 2013 style.