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  • She wakes to the sun shining in the window and with eyes open and the clarity of the mind arouses itself from sleep, she feels renewed and refreshed with hopeful promise that this will be a better day. A nurse enters the room bringing a tray of juices and hot cereal. “Good morning Jane, and how you are this morning,” the nurse says. Again, the uncertainty of the situation materializes into her head. “I forgot to remember that I am ‘Jane Adams’ and I need to know all my past to go forward,” she reflects from time to time. The nurse notices a panic look on her face and tries to reassure her that in time everything will get better and her memory will come back. The nurse tells her that the doctor will be in shortly and discuss the next steps for her recovery. “Do not concern yourself right now, the main thing is to get your body well and then all the assistance will be available to heal your mind and memory,” the nurse tells her.

    She thinks to herself, “They must think I am an idiot or something, I don’t seem to be able to voice my thoughts, all I do is lay on this bed and think. I have no idea what I look like and if I should respond to all there conversations. All I really want to do is find who I am.” The nurse is still talking as she takes ‘Jane’s’ blood pressure and temperature. Again the words on lost on ‘Jane’. The nurse leaves the room while ‘Jane’ sips her juice and then the doctor comes in.

    “Good morning,” he says. “I have good news and bad news. First the good news, you had a blood clot on your front cortex in which we cauterized the clot leaving no permanent damage. The bad news is the clot caused temporary amnesia and the modern medical system cannot predict when your memory will be restored or if all the memory you have lost will be regained. We do know that with a help of a good psychologist, you have a very good chance of regaining ninety percent of your memory. What we need to do first is get your system back to normal and then suggest some psychologists for you to contact. It is important that you begin some sessions here at the hospital to begin repairing the damage done to your memory. Do you have any questions?” the doctor concludes.

    “Questions, you ask, of course, I have questions,” she finally voices her opinion. “What am I to do, you say that my name is Jane Adams, and I feel like I am a stranger meeting myself . I would like to have my possessions, a purse or whatever identification that you have on me, so I can take charge again. I am terrified and yet, I feel like I am on a new adventure and I want to begin right away. When can I go home or to where ever I had lived before this happened? Have I had visitors or family or anyone come to see me? What can you tell me about myself that you know?” She knows she is rattling on, yet she cannot stop herself. Instead the doctor interrupts her trying to soothe her mind by reassuring her that all her questions will be answered in given time.
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