…or, The Most Hilarious Thing He Ever Said.
I keep forgetting things. Things I’ve said, things I’ve read, things people have said to me. I’ll forget the what, the who, and the when. You get the idea.
This morning I exclaimed, “Brain shrinkage! I’m getting old and my brain is shrinking! Why didn’t my mother ever tell me about this?!”
Husband John: “She forgot.”
After I stopped laughing I thought it worthy of a blog post. So here we are. 😁
Last year I had a one-month spell of double vision. In the thick of it, I got a quick referral from my neurologist for an MRI, to see if it was related to my (very mild) case of MS. (To read about my MS saga, “What’s Wrong With Me,” click here.)
Turns out it wasn’t related, and my diplopia subsided on its own. By the way, if you’re curious regarding what a typical “MS brain” might look like, here’s one example:
Anyway, my April 2021 MRI mainly said everything in my brain was not much different than the previous scan done in 2019. But what stood out for me in the radiologist’s report this time was the mention that there was some “parenchymal volume loss” – i.e., cerebral atrophy!
Cerebral atrophy is the morphological presentation of brain parenchymal volume loss that is frequently seen on cross-sectional imaging. Rather than being a primary diagnosis, it is the common endpoint for a range of disease processes that affect the central nervous system. Feb 24, 2021
Hmm… I think I forget where I was going with all this. Oh yes! So a bit of brain shrinkage is quite normal and can just be a function of aging. Boo hoo, right? But we can say that exercising (both brain and body) is a good thing! Eating well and sleeping well – also good. But if you’re still worried about your leetle grey cells (as Agatha Christie’s character, Hercule Poirot referred to them), see your family doctor, and (hopefully) get a referral to a good neurologist. Good luck!