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Bartenderbonnie
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I am unable to make the most simplest decisions.

Unable what to eat for dinner
Unable to decide what day to schedule doctor's appointments.

Unable to decide what dish soap, food items, material things to purchase. . . stand in store aisles staring at products, unable to choose when faced with choices.

My ND suggested Scleranthus by Bach Flowers.
This is what I bought, haven't tried it yet.
Has anyone been helped by this ?

https://www.bach-flowers.co.uk/remedies/bach_scleranthus.asp

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What you describe is very common with lyme for a few different reasons. The decision part of the brain can be very overwhelmed with lyme; a stressed liver & stressed adrenals also can kidnap our decision making function.

But I think the SENSORY ASSAULT is very much to blame.

Standing in store aisles, especially the soap aisle will kill anyone's brain and decision making capacity. Seriously, the scents that escape the products can seriously undo even the best among us. And these scents can derail us for at least a day or two later.

The lights, the sounds, etc. also can really trip us up. Adrenal support might not be enough to compensate.

Lyme, of course does and this may be a sign that there is still more to do in addressing that and also brain repair

, still - please stay out of that aisle as much possible. Decide BEFORE you go to the store. Know exactly where your products are on the aisle, get it and get out. And PLAN REST as soon as you get home and put perishables away.

That said, even making a list to send a fried shopping for me takes a very long time.

Bach Flowers remedies might help - for me they were the opposite, though. Still, a mulit-pronged approach best.

Avoidance of store as much as possible is vital. If you go, go only with a list and buy only what's on the list. Order the list by the store's map. Ask the store manager if they have a map you can take with you to plan.

Unless you are buying soap that trip, do not even go near the soap aisle. Unscented is best for all things, of course. But if they sit among all the petro perfumes, it can be hard to find a bottle that has not absorbed that smell.

BETTER LIFE makes great soaps, unscented or some with lemon / lime / citrus which many even with MCS can tolerate. Avoid flower scents, even real. Lavender can be very rough, for instance on those who are chemically sensitive.

Try to avoid big box stores and stick to smaller markets, locally owned if possible. They have more leeway in how they design their atmosphere.

If not a food store, still the scents from all the products / wrapper / display do off-gas. Plastics emit petroleum fumes.

And the fluorescent lights can be a bad trip for our brains - and our inner/ middle ear balance system - in so many ways.
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Tincup
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Hey BBA...

I have not tried that, sorry.

But, Keebler as usual, is giving you some really good info. She is amazing like that, ya know.

For now, just an idea.... you may want to do most of your shopping online. Give yourself every opportunity to rest and heal whenever you can.

Especially in the winter time when it can be a beast out there.

Amazon has groceries you can buy online and Walmart (some of them) have a form to fill out online to order your groceries. Nice! Helps you remember what you may need too cause you can see the pictures.

You pay online and just have to go get them. They even load them in your car for you! Hot diggity dawgs.

They don't, however, go home with you to cook your food and wash the dishes.

I know. I asked!

[Big Grin]

Here is some info I put together about the Walmart deal. I love it! Saves me a lot of time, stress and craziness. And now I go to the store only when I want to and feel well enough to go. NOT because I have to go. Much easier that way.

https://sites.google.com/site/marylandlyme/help-for-you/walmart-grocery--free-pickup

As for deciding about food... I eat the same thing every day. Solved that problem real quick, didn't I? HA!

Yepper, I said to myself... I'll fix that old brain frog one way or another!

Doing that makes shopping much simpler and it hasn't killed me yet, which is a bonus. Been doing that for about a year now.

Sometimes I will get wild and crazy and will eat my supper for breakfast, or sometimes two breakfasts in one day. It is always the same foods.

Anyhow, good luck with the stuff that was recommended. You know sometimes these docs actually can be of help. We just need to do what they suggest. (After we check it out.)

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Brussels
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I don't think Bach flowers will hurt.

Sometimes they do amazing things. For me, they were always mild, gentle, nice to take.

They very much used by naturopaths here in Europe.

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Thanks for excellent feedback.
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I took bach flowers. They didn't really do much for me. But I TOTALLY understand not being able to make decisions. This comes and goes for me.

Sorry. I online shop with a local grocery store that offers similar services as what tincup suggested. It has been a life saver for me.

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I was like that for so long. It comes and goes.

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Oh, and lack of short term memory is so disabiling .

Just returned from overnight out of town X-mas party.
First time away in 3 years.

The minute I checked into hotel room, a wave of utter dread.
Couldn't remember if I brought my dogs in from outside.
Had to call my neighbor( thank god he was home) and ask if he could walk over to my back yard to see if dogs were there.

I did bring dogs in but have no memory of doing so.
So frustrating. . .

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Is your sleep good - at least 7 - 8 hours a night?

While lyme, coinfections and so much about all of that (including liver & adrenal issues) can really clobber sleep,

New research implies that short term memory can really diminish with lack of sleep or poor quality sleep.

Also some of the sleep Rx can cause terrible short term memory issues. Ambien is the worst. Most benzodiazap. too can really destroy the why our brain works for sleep.

PBS Newshour (or maybe CBS? - I don't remember for sure , har-har) search for this past week on

WHY WE SLEEP, a new book is out and they interviewed the author. Excellent. And it explains a LOT.

My notes: WHY WE SLEEP by Matthew Walker, PhD

. . . aging, deep sleep -- BRAIN WAVE RHYTHMS

if mis-timed & don't "save" new memories . . . .

. . . Medial Prefrontal Cortex . . .

Cell phones are very dangerous to sleep for various reasons. Never sleep near one - it will change brain waves for the worse. . [Though, I don't recall if it was this interview or a different one I saw this week but that's pretty common knowledge by now.]

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Found it:

https://www.cbsnews.com/videos/how-sleep-impacts-your-memory/

HOW SLEEP IMPACTS YOUR MEMORY

CBS This Morning - Dec. 14, 2017

5:22 VIDEO segment, interview with sleep scientist Matthew Walker, PhD

His new book: Why We Sleep


https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/10/16/558058812/sleep-scientist-warns-against-walking-through-life-in-an-underslept-state

Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

October 16, 2017 - NPR, Fresh Air with Terry Gross

Listen 38:20 AUDIO link

Interview with sleep scientist Matthew Walker, PhD

ARTICLE with Interview Highlights

. . . "Every disease that is killing us in developed nations has causal and significant links to a lack of sleep," he says.

"So that classic maxim that you may [have] heard that you can sleep when you're dead, it's actually mortally unwise advice from a very serious standpoint."

Walker discusses the importance of sleep — and offers strategies for getting the recommended eight hours — in his new book, Why We Sleep.

. . . On what you should do if you can't sleep . . . . [and how to improve]
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From my file notes this autumn, same author, different details highlighted in this interview:

https://www.thecut.com/2017/10/the-vicious-cycle-of-insomnia-and-sleeping-pills.html

A Sleep Scientist on the Vicious Cycle of Insomnia and Sleeping Pills

By Lily Carollo - New York Magazine - October 20, 2017

. . . Matt Walker, a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley . . . .

. . . In a section of his new book, Why We Sleep, Walker explores the latest scientific research to show the unfortunate truth about sleeping pills: They don’t work as well as we wish they did. Sleep medications don’t deliver the same restorative benefits as natural sleep . . .
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Oh, wait, there's more: And if you wonder why all of the sudden I'm so gung-ho on sleep, it's the first and most important matter to explore for any degree of memory dysfunction and the ability to make decisions, our reaction time & organizational skills are involved and lack of sleep can clobber that.

Thanks to WPinVA who just posted this in another thread. And we all know about the kinds of toxicity that go hand in hand with lyme . . . so sleep is most certainly a major matter for all of us.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/02/sleep-alzheimers-linked-to-memory-loss_n_7494502.html

Sleep Could Help Stave Off Alzheimer's And Memory Loss, According To New Study

- By Alena Hall - The Huffington Post -June 2, 2015

Excerpt:

. . . "Sleep is helping wash away toxic proteins at night, preventing them from building up and from potentially destroying brain cells," Walker said in a statement. "It's providing a power cleanse for the brain." . . .


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-23932577

BBC.com - 3 September 2013 - Last updated at 21:17 ET

SLEEP 'BOOSTS BRAIN CELL NUMBERS'

Scientists believe they have discovered a new reason why we need to sleep - it replenishes a type of brain cell.

Sleep ramps up the production of cells that go on to make an insulating material known as myelin which protects our brain's circuitry.

The findings, so far in mice, could lead to insights about sleep's role in brain repair and growth as well as the disease MS, says the Wisconsin team.

The work is in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Dr Chiara Cirelli and colleagues from the University of Wisconsin found that the production rate of the myelin making cells, immature oligodendrocytes, doubled as mice slept. . . .
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