In September 2007 I had a small stroke, so sometimes I can blame my kind of spotty memory on that. Fibromyalgia syndrome, a chronic illness I've had for over a decade, is famous for causing brain fog, so that's a handy excuse too. Other days I say it's because I had four kids. All my brain cells exploded out my head during their teen years.
Then take my husband. But that's an old joke.
In any case you can only use the same reason so many times. So about six months ago I tried adding a new excuse for my brain drain.
I started taking Arimidex, an anti-tumor medication that sucks up every tiny bit of estrogen left in my body, with the hope of keeping those pesky invasive cancer cells from growing. Arimidex comes with a list of side effects that "should be expected" that's as long as my arm.
I'm not getting any cooperation from the researchers when it comes to pointing fingers, however.
"BRIGHTON, England, Sept. 3 In postmenopausal women at high risk for breast cancer, two years of prophylaxis with an aromatase inhibitor did not lead to cognitive impairment, according a placebo-controlled study.
"Scores on tests of cognitive function did not differ at any time point between patients treated for 24 months with anastrozole (Arimidex) or placebo, Valerie A. Jenkins, D.Phil., of the University of Sussex, and colleagues reported online in Lancet Oncology.
"Similar numbers of patients in each group reported changes in memory after six months, and the number of affected patients decreased to a handful by the end of the study."
Great. I don't remember this story tomorrow I can't blame taking Arimidex. We're back to my poor unsuspecting children.