Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
h a l f b a k e r y
OK, we're here. Now what?

idea: add, search, annotate, link, view, overview, recent, by name, random

meta: news, help, about, links, report a problem

account: browse anonymously, or get an account and write.



Teach Anterograde Amnesia Early

Because you can't learn what it is, after you already have it.
  [vote for,

"I'm sorry, Ms. Angstrom, but you've been in a terrible car accident. As a result, you have lost your ability to form new memories."

"What do you mean?"

"Your hippocampus has been irreversibly damaged, and as a result, your mind can no longer consolidate facts into your long-term memory. It's a condition known as anterograde amnesia."

"But...will I be OK?"

"Not exactly. You will not be able to remember anything that has happened since your car accident."

"Why not?"

"Because you have anterograde amnesia."

"Oh. What's that?"

Overpanic, Dec 15 2003


       I'd almost find that funny, but it reminds me of my grandmother after her third stroke. Every time I'd visit her, she'd recognise me, but she'd always yell at me for not visiting her in so long (I'd visit her every week, but her latest memories were of me as an early teen, and since I'm in my late twenties now, it was -obviously- many years since my last visit.
Freefall, Dec 16 2003

       I know on the initial read, it may look like this was humor in poor-taste. But I really meant it in earnest.   

       [Free] My condolences for your grandmother. This idea obviously doesn't apply to any sort of degenerative disease where retrograde amnesia takes hold, like alzheimer's, or a stroke.   

       But for the unfortunate victim of anterograde amnesia, this kind of prior knowledge could prove invaluable in managing the outcome of the disease.
Overpanic, Dec 16 2003

       That was the whole problem with "Memento". How does he remember that he can't remember?
waugsqueke, Dec 16 2003

       and why didn't he just record everything on a dictaphone then have a single tattoo saying "listen to dictaphone"?
hazel, Dec 16 2003

       ... says UnaBubba, unbuttoning the front of his long raincoat in the playground!
dobtabulous, Dec 16 2003

       "I'm sorry, Mr Micron, but you have anterograde amnesia."   

       "You mean I'll never be able to form new memories?"   

       "That's right."   


       "Because you have..."
spidermother, Jun 26 2011

       That was almost exactly the conversation i had about five hundred times (literally) with [eleventeenthly] in May last year after his accident. It was not even remotely fun. However, it would've been excellent if he'd known what was going on beforehand. However, oddly he retained his long term memory and was able to recall those conversations. I knew they were separate processes intellectually before that happened but it was weird to experience it second hand. The conversation trickled into his long-term memory without appearing to pass through his short-term, so that presumably means it would eventually catch on.
nineteenthly, Jun 26 2011


back: main index

business  computer  culture  fashion  food  halfbakery  home  other  product  public  science  sport  vehicle