Are you a forgetful person???

Did you forget about something again? - My best friend lately tend to forget a lot of things including our appointed date today. I wonder what steps she should do just to remember everything.
@charms88 (7540)
Philippines
April 2, 2007 6:30am CST
Early this morning, I was real excited to meet my best friend whom I haven't seen for a month. We agreed to meet somewhere at 10 AM. I've waited 30 minutes and yet she didn't show up. I called her house but no one was answering the phone. I tried her mobile but no luck in there too. By the time the clock struck 11, I was getting anxious thinking something might happened to her. I decided to drive to her house just to eased my mind. By the time I reached her house, I was a nervous wreck. As I was reaching for the doorbell, my best friend suddenly opened the door. Imagine this, she was astonished to see me and had no idea what I'm doing at her doorstep. When I related what happened, she even dared to laugh and at the same time, real apologetic. She said, she forgot that we're supposed to meet today. She turned off her phone and mobile because she didn't want to be disturbed. I've known my best friend since we're 7 years old. But lately, I noticed that she keep forgetting a lot. Last year, she even sent a message wishing me a Happy Birthday. I was perplexed because my birthday was still a month away. I know I'm not YET a forgetful person. I can easily remember things. Have someone you know who are forgetful? Or are you also a forgetful person yourself? Please share your thoughts.
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
2 Apr 07
I am afraid I am more and more becoming one of the 'forgetful' people - it's really annoying because at one time I remembered anything and everything. I have and do know people who have always been forgetful though - my sister is one, she can never remember my birthday, she's either a week early or a week late. Last year she decided to call in her words, a week early because she knew she was late last year. LOL she actually called on my birthday last year, by accident. I still love her though and just figure whenever she calls it's going to be a surprise rather than knowing she's going to call on my birthday.
@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
2 Apr 07
I'll forgive you for being forgetful, faith. But I will not forgive you if you forget to respond to my discussions...LOL!!!
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
2 Apr 07
Hey bunny - still feeling under the weather but thanks to our mutual friend the Wizard I'm rockin and rollin on mylot :) So my dear - You post and I will respond :) not sure that is right but was supposed to be a take off of "Fields of Dreams" You build it and they will come, something like that. Flu medicine has me a little goofy - don't worry, I'm not driving or operating any machinery except for my computer and the remote control.
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
2 Apr 07
Oh faith, get some more rest. Mylot will not hop off anywhere. :0
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@misheleen73 (6037)
• United States
2 Apr 07
I think as we get busier AND older, sometimes things can slip our minds easier. I know I have forgotten things at times and I am only 34. Never anything important, but small things may slip my mind. My son wears a certain T-shirt for school every Friday and there have been times when he's said "MOM, you forgot my T-shirt today " so then I respond "MATTHEW... you should have gotten it out yourself !!!"
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
2 Apr 07
Very well said, misheleen. I always make sure to list down everything I needed to do even the small stuff. Sounds like you got a cool boy there. :)
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• United States
2 Apr 07
ahhh.. the inspiration for my monkey.. yes he's pretty cool.. but then again I am pretty biased !!
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
3 Apr 07
Do you think your monkey and my bunny can be friends, LOL!!!
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@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
2 Apr 07
Does your friend have a medical condition that is causing her forgetfulness? my friends mother started showing those symptoms..she was able to hide it from most people for a few years but then it became so bad she lost her job...she had a diease called piks..it is pretty rare but should be checked out...my husband is very forgetful..yesterday he forgot what time he was supposed to work(while at work no less)his shift was 11-8..he thought he worked 8-5...even he didnt leave our house until 10am...he arrived home 6pm..and i asked him are you sick? he says no why? ummm because you dont get out of work until 8 tonight...he had to call his boss and apologise for leaving early...hmmm made i better get him checked out...
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
2 Apr 07
Oh, I haven't heard about this PIKS. My friend is under a lot of stress. But I better urge her go see a doctor. You should have your husband check out too. :)
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• Singapore
2 Apr 07
Maybe your friend is getting senile... :/ Or she is a really good actress. :P I am not that forgetful normally. In case to make sure I don't forget, I normally note down the things I need to do, the appointments I have made, etc. The more you use your memory, the better it will become. If you get dementia for instance, it means you seldom use your brain to think. If you keep on using your brain, you will hone it such that it gets sharper with age.
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
2 Apr 07
You better hide somewhere once my friend read your post. She just came back from the US and already checking on her businesses. I believe that your brain is working non-stop eh. :P
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
2 Apr 07
LOL - that's why I read Wizards discussions - he's keeping my brain working daily :) good think he decided not to leave or I would for sure be suffering from dementia already :)
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• Singapore
2 Apr 07
Faith, that's because I have some faith in me. LOL :P And bunny, so your friend myLots too? I hope she reads this so that she will know how much more apologetic she should be. :PP
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@tammyr (5954)
• Etowah, Tennessee
2 Apr 07
I am not yet either but my best friend who is 46 is starting to tell the same things to me over and over. I could see if it was days apart, but this will be with in an hour or two of telling me something. The really weird thing is that my grandmother who is 86 is starting to do the same thing. I can understand her being so old but my friend worries me because she has a spot in her brain and after 4 years of tests they do not know what it is.
@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
2 Apr 07
Oh, tammy, I'm sorry to hear about your friend. I hope the doctor will be able to detect your friend's condition as early as possible.
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• India
2 Apr 07
No one is an exception from forgetfulness. But too frequent to be forgetful is something abnormal. I forget only uncommon things. But if at all I want to remember I pay more attention that's all.
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
8 Apr 07
Its fortunate that my friend rarely forget about something. Thanks for your input. :)
@chaddik (113)
• Philippines
3 Apr 07
age is such one factor in the "remember yes-remember no" issues but it's not limited to that. nutrition could also be another factor. i've seen from a television talk show that inorder to polish one's memory, he should keep his brain working. one tip is to pick one from a deck of playing cards and remember it. he should do that everyday, thereby accumulating the number of cards that he needs to memorize which will increase his capacity to remember things.
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
3 Apr 07
Oh yes, chaddik, I read it somewhere about it too. Too bad I didn't clip the article. My friend will surely benefit from it. Thanks for the input. :)
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@vanities (11410)
• Davao, Philippines
3 Apr 07
im not a forgetful person..especially on appointments and dates..but lately i noticed that i tend to forget some events that occur just in one month time...it started actually after i undergo some minor surgery years back...is there any cure of this?? any food that will help retained memories besides nuts?
@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
3 Apr 07
I heard about Gingko Biloba supplement. Its a herbal supplement to enhance memory. I once talked to an old man who swore by the wonder of this supplement. He is 85 years old already. Since you mentioned you just undergone minor surgery, it may be the effect of anesthesia that's causing you to forget easily. Try to give yourself some time to remember things again. Good luck :)
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@innechen (1321)
• Indonesia
3 Apr 07
forget something? - president asked
oh yeah, i am a forgetful person, sometimes even worse.i can forget what i want to do in only few second, or i forget whre i put my stuff etc.my friends all know about that. I really hated being a forgetful person because sometimes people use it to put a blame on me even if i didnt do it or say it, they will say " i think u're forget that you say it because u r forgetful".sometimes i still can remember something for a long term even not all things
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
3 Apr 07
Why not try listing down all the things you needed to do. Even the smallest thing should not be overlooked. It will be easier for you to remember things. :)
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• China
3 Apr 07
yeah, nowadays, we are more more busy and we became forgetful. I think what you said is very common. I myself often forget things, even just 1 minutes ago I'm thinking, but sooner I'll forget that. And I don't really want to be that, everybody don't want to be that, I know. My tip is write down things you plan to do.
@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
3 Apr 07
I do list down my activities as I have a very busy lifestyle. Thanks for the input. :)
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@yanjiaren (9050)
3 Apr 07
At the moment becaujse my life is not in order I do get quite forgetfuland I don't like it lol..There are so many niggly things in my brain and I need to write things down so I can remember them lol..otherwise I will be a walking disaster!!
@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
3 Apr 07
Try to take each things one at a time, yanny dear. I know you've been in a lot of things lately. :0
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• Ireland
2 Apr 07
I can be forgetful about little things like groceries but I think I have still a while to go before I forget important things like appointments or birthdays and anniversaries. I usually keep a list of the groceries that I will need when I go shopping but I have often arrived at the shop only to discover that I have forgotten to bring the list with me. However, I think quite a lot of people do this sort of thing. I don't think any of us has a perfect memory.
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
3 Apr 07
I never list down any grocery, alexandria. Its already branded into my memory since I'm doing my grocery every week. I think I'm used to it already. :)
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@crackhead (1826)
• India
2 Apr 07
many things influence forgetfulness , Age factor, Stress, lazyness. I do forget things cause of the stress i am undergoing. I cant sleep for 6 hrs a day atleast cause of the busy schedules i have. I do forget many things which i think of doing in 5 mins time. This happens very often when people are preoccupied with thoughts of the family , job, house and friends.
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
3 Apr 07
I know what you mean. Stress and over fatigue tend to make us forget things. :)
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@jchampany (1131)
• United States
2 Apr 07
Oh I tell you what, even my son makes fun of me for my forgetfulness. I seem to forget everything these days. I have always been bad for forgetting but it seems to be getting worse. Here's the weird thing. I can remember lots of things, eg. phone #''s, invoice #'s, what I did with a file three weeks ago. That kind of thing. I can't remember to take the chicken out of the freezer, that I told my son he can't watch tv (until he's been watching it for an hour) and small things like that. We will be walking into the house and I'll say "Oh man!" and my son will say "I know, I know, you forgot!" Isn't that horrible?
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
3 Apr 07
No jchampany, its not horrible. We tend to remember things that we deemed more important. With our family, we like to live in a more carefree ways. :)
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@samrat16 (2442)
• India
2 Apr 07
I'm a young guy still and have good senses yet. Yes with age approaching and kicking our minds we tend to forget somethings. My mom is a big example of the topic. She forgets sometimes where she has kept the keys of almirah or what she was suppose to do next. I think even I'm catching something but not a lot as I'm still young but one day I will also suffer from the problem that's sure .
@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
2 Apr 07
You better start doing something to exercise your brain further. I'll excuse your mom's forgetfullness though.
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• India
2 Apr 07
I am forgetful .but in this context I would like to tell about an incident that happened a few years back before our marriage. My husband and I had planned to meet at a shopping mall one evening.He asked me to be there at 5pm in the evening. As planned I went to the shopping mall at 4.45 otr so. I thought that there was another 15 mins and hence I was window shopping for some time. Time went on and on and on it was around 5.30. Then I thought that he might have been stuck in traffic jam. So i thought i shall wait for 10 more mins and then calll him. At around 5.40 I tried to reach him on hsi mobile but that was of in vain cos he did not pick up the phone. Then I thought might me that hes driving that he ahs not taken the mobile. I waited for 10 more mins after that. Then I could not wait.I called him again but this time again there was no response.It was around 6.10 in the evening.Tears were about to come down my eyes I decided to call again. and at last he picked the phone this time. To my perplexity and anger, I was able to sense that he was in half sleep. With tears rolling down I asked him about our schedule of meeting him at 5. He just woke to reality telling me that he has totally forgotten and had gone to sleep. He had forgetten to keep the alarm and he had forgotten the planned meeting. Anger and irritation reached to the pinnacle inside me. But unfortunately I ahd to let it subside and talk to him. Finally he persuaded me telling that he would be there in the mall within 10 mins. As promised he refreshed and was there in the mall in 10 mins.And I cant ever forget the apologies he made to pacify me that day!
@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
2 Apr 07
Oh venky, I know what you mean. I was real agitated earlier and was almost driving like crazy. I can't, for the life of me, remember how I got into her house within 10 mins. when normally, it will take me 20 mins to reach her house. Must be my adrenaline working overtime.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
2 Apr 07
I also have a friend like that. And lately Ive been forgetting things too. I think its because Im getting older now.LOL Thats what they say anyway. I hope this isnt an onset of oldtimers for your friend. And me too.LOL
@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
2 Apr 07
LOL, I think nobody is exempted from being forgetful from time to time. I love my friend too much to make a fuzz about her forgetfulness. :)
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• Australia
3 Apr 07
Most of the time things we forget are things that we don't have interest in. Things that we don't want to remember. If something is interesting and you like it you would not forget it.So simply if you want remember something have interest in it and you would remember. I'm generally not a forgetful person.
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• Indonesia
3 Apr 07
I do a forgetful person, in many time i often forgot to do something or i miss something. For Solution i bought phone cell which has organizer, so i always make a note,alarm, or appointment to help me remembering all my activity :)
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@ellijah (244)
• Nigeria
2 Apr 07
it is not too good to be forgetful.you know alot of people forget alot because they are busy thinking about so may things. i forget at times but i dont like it still. some people forgetfulness might be due to some illness while others natural because they are too busy with so many things in their mind.in the case of your friend, i dont want u to be upset with her just be praying for her.it is not good for some one to tell you to wait her in some place and then forget like that.i know that you are upset about her behavour but please be praying for her. you said that both of you have not seen forlong.I want to ask u a question do you think that you still know this person you called your friend very well like u use to.people do change. she might not take your friendship serious the way she use to many years back.so she might loose interest on u and even forget most things she has with you.i have an elder sister who ones had a child hood friend that travelled to another city to stay for many years and when she return back to the city again to visit my elder sister she was not at home and when i told her her friend came to look for her she said that both of them are no longer friends that they dont know each other again because both of them are completely grown up and might share different ideas about life.i want u to get close to whom you said is your friend .study her and find out if she is still the nice person you use to know.if she is not then run away from her but if she is nice continue with the friendship.if u see more forgetfullness in her ask her if she got accident and hit her head against any object.if she said no then take the issue to God in prayer.we all need prayer.pray for your friend.i will join u too in the prayer.i have started mine now.please pray for your friend.God bless u
@jchampany (1131)
• United States
2 Apr 07
I don't mean to butt in, but I don't really think she was upset with her friend. Or for that matter, feels like they are not close anymore. Maybe I am wrong but I did not get that impression from her post. I think she understands that her friend forgot, that it really didn't have anything to do with her not being a good friend, just being busy and forgetful. It happens to all of us at one point or another.
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
3 Apr 07
Oh ellijah, had I not mentioned that I've known my best friend since we're 7 years old. This is the first time she forgot about our date. I was never upset about what happened. I even laughed with her after knowing she was safe. By the way, my friend is a religious person. Thanks for the input though. :) Thanks jchampany. You got the main point of my thread. :0
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