Even as slow as I can be at times, it’s the other times that totally blows me away. I ask myself “how is this possible, because I know me very well and this is not my norm.” I’m not the brightest bulb in this vast closet we all live in, but I’m not the dimmest either. Why my brain can do what it does I will never figure out. Some people may think they know, but there is always an area of doubt when it comes to our minds. Science is making headway into figuring it out, but still has a long way to go.
I have struggled with my mind since I was a child. Over my life time, the majority of the disease processes which has affected me, involved my brain. Two of the main areas were Clinical Depression and Encephalitis. According to the Mayo Clinic
Clinical depression symptoms may include:
- Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day
- Loss of interest or pleasure in most activities
- Significant weight loss or gain
- Sleeping too much or not being able to sleep nearly every day
- Slowed thinking or movement that others can see
- Fatigue or low energy nearly every day
- Feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt
- Loss of concentration or indecisiveness
- Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
The only symptom I don’t have is the recurring thoughts of suicide. I think of death, but not suicide. I deal with it every day. Please don’t think I’m whining because I’m not. It”s just a part of being me.
Encephalitis (en-sef-uh-LI-tis) is inflammation of the brain. Viral infections are the most common cause of the condition.
Encephalitis can cause flu-like symptoms, such as a fever or severe headache, as well as confused thinking, seizures, or problems with senses or movement. Many cases of encephalitis may go unnoticed because they result in only mild flu-like symptoms or even no symptoms. Severe cases of encephalitis, while relatively rare, can be life-threatening.
Because the course of any single case of encephalitis is relatively unpredictable, it’s important to get a timely diagnosis and treatment.
Of course, I had to be one of the rare exceptions. I acquired equine encephalitis from mosquitoes at the same time my Uncle had two horses die from the disease and also a boy in Atoka, Oklahoma did. He died, but God decided it wasn’t my time to join him yet and kept me in this world. I think I was around 12 or 13 when it happened. I’m still dealing with the side effects from the disease. That’s another one of the “it’s just me” area’s of my life.
This reflection of my life is all due to finding a movie on YouTube this morning called “The Mole People.” I saw that movie in 1956 in Marysville California at a movie theater with my cousins. I was six years old. That is the first time I can remember being in a movie theater. I never forgot that movie. I told many people about the scenes from that movie over the years. I ‘m almost 65 years old and I can barely remember my name at times, but I never forgot an old campy horror film. That takes me full circle back to how amazing the brain is. Of all of the life events I could remember, why is it “The Mole People?” I guess only God knows that answer and I’ll have to wait to get my answer. Mind boggling, isn’t it?
Here is that wonderful old horror film. See if you can forget it easier than I could.