Yesterday started with a jolt for me.
I forgot that I had booked a memory test. I had to be reminded.
I forgot I booked a memory test, and I had booked it the day before yesterday.
I forgot I had a memory test coming up in less than twenty hours after booking the thing.
And I went to the test, in a spirit of concern.
I’m sixty. It is unlikely for someone to be suffering from dementia at this age, but it isn’t an unheard of occurrence.
As I walked in the door …
I have ADHD, and I’m used to a Standard Operating Procedure known to some of us as “Fake it ’til you make it.” And as I entered the testing room I remembered that, and turned on my confidence.
I should have clued in as soon as I remembered this. As soon as I REMEMBERED this.
I was going to be fine.
The test is designed to assess short term, long term and working memory. There was one question that required me to remember, at the end of the test, five words given to me at the start. I aced that.
I was asked to repeat, verbatim, two semi complex sentences. No problem. I was asked to identify three animals that I have never seen live examples of, I got them all. One was a camel, I told my tester it was some form of dromedary, possibly a camel. I’m a smart ass.
I word good
I was given the task of coming up with as many words as possible starting with a certain letter in a set amount of time. Of course the letter I was given was “F.” I got in about ten words and then had to stop. I told the test administrator that I had dirty words blocking my flow. She said, “What are they?” I told her (you can use your imaginations) and then the words started flowing again.
After the test I was told that the thirty to forty words I came up with was the longest list the test administrator had ever been given, she said that most people get between eight and fifteen.
She said she was crediting my being a writer for that, I told her it was more likely being a scrabbler.
The test is over
There were other parts to the test, but, and this is a little funny, I don’t remember what they were.
There is a reason we work well under deadlines, the stress and the adrenaline that stress causes are stimulants that make our minds work harder, better.
When the test was over, and I remember this perfectly let me tell you, the administrator told me that I had scored perfect on it.
Don’t ask me how … I don’t remember