I've always been a little absent-minded. It's a consequence of strong focus, so that when I'm in my head, I can be totally oblivious. This can be when I'm reading, working, or just daydreaming.
However, recently I've been forgetting little things--like going in the kitchen to make lunch, and wandering away, leaving it in the microwave or on the counter. I only remember it later, when I wonder why I'm so hungry... or my roommate asks why there's food in the microwave.
I've also been really struggling with words and names. Commonplace words, and names of people who are very familiar. If I'm tired, it gets worse, and I can barely get through a conversation because of struggling to find the right words.
I've been dismissing it as, oh, that's just how I am--but in truth, it's been significantly worse for the last couple of months.
Today, seeing my oncologist made me realize, though--it could be menopause.
I had all my internal female parts removed 9 months ago, putting me into menopause. Most of the changes were minor, and happened right away. This, however, creeped up on me. So I looked it up, and yeah--brain fog is totally a common thing with menopause. The good news is, for most people, it improves after the hormones level out after perimenopause. Since I sort of skipped perimenopause and went straight to full pause, I'm not sure what that means for me.
For now, I need to just make sure I get enough sleep, and get some exercise--as both make my mind noticeably more clear.