So, I am wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience to mine. I did Dr.google it, but came up mostly empty. I have had chronic migraines now for about three years. I see a Dr in Boston, Dr. McGeeney, who is very good. I have been slowly working my way through the preventatives, and figuring out what works as far as abortive and rescue meds. So, doing what I can.
Anyway, I have always had cognitive impairment issues associated with my migraines, such as slurring speech, stuttering, not being able to say a word, or think of it, feeling confused, foggy, bad motor coordination, etc. Yes my Dr knows about all this. So, about 3 months ago, I was driving to work, and as I was turning onto a certain road, I looked at the clock to see how much time I had to get there. Then, the next thing I knew, I was driving, and there were trees all around, I had no idea where I was, how I got there, no recognition at all. I looked at my clock, and 25 minutes had passed. I kept driving, and as I approached an intersection, it was like I clicked back into normal mode, knew where I was, and kept going. I told my husband about this, phrasing it like “this happens to you all the time, right?” He said, no, and if it happens again, you need to tell me. I went to my migraine specialist, and, no I did not tell him. I said, “so you’re sure this is just migraines, right?” He said he was,and I said nothing else.
That was two months ago. Since then I have had brief periods while driving, or other places, where I got that feeling like I don’t know where I am, and nothing is familiar, but no lost time. This last Monday though, it happened again while driving home from school. I was at a certain point in the drive home, and after seeing what time it was, was thinking “oh, good, I’ll be home by 4:45”. The next thing I knew, I was at an intersection, and I did not know where I was, recognized anything, I could not even make sense of the street signs. I did not know how to get home. I looked at the clock, and 45 minutes had gone by. I sort of panicked, I was really fearful. I pulled into a driveway, and sat there for a minute, then realized I had my (new) GPS with me, and entered home as the destination. It told me where to go. I had only driven for maybe three minutes before I had that click again, and realized where I was, and yes I should have recognized it all along, as I am at that particular intersection fairly regularly. I went home and cried, and told my husband when he got home. We decided to get me a cell, so if it happens again, hopefully I’ll have the wherewithal to call someone. And I have committed to telling the Dr, even though I am terrified of doing so.
For some reason, I find this harder to talk about, and I feel embarrassed, and afraid. I could not even be in the room when my husband told his brother why I was upset, I just could not face how I thought he would look at me, or what he might think. So, Tuesday is the day for the Dr’s and my dread is growing more each day. Any encouragement appreciated, and if anyone has had similar things happen, I would love to hear from you.