The Tile Key Fob and How It Has Saved my Sanity with my Memory Loss
Did you know that epilepsy can affect your memory? I sure do! Research has show that epilepsy can affect several ways your memory functions; attention and encoding, memory storage, and memory retrieval. It can affect both your short- and long-term memories and is more commonly a challenge in people living with epilepsy that affects their temporal lobes.
The left temporal lobe is important for verbal memories. If you have seizures that start in this area, you may have problems learning people’s names, remembering facts for exams, or remembering words and get stuck mid-sentence.
The right temporal lobe is important for visual memories. If you have seizures that start in this area, you may have problems remembering a person’s face or finding your way around a place.
As someone living with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, this is a challenge I know about all too well! I’m always forgetting people’s names and get lost when driving so easily, I just forget the way to where I was going.
I am also ALWAYS losing my keys and phone. I put them down for only a second, then it’s like they’ve gone and hidden themselves from me.
One evening I even had to have my fiancé drive me to a meeting while he looked for where I had put my keys. Funny enough, they were on my couch with a note that said ‘Don’t Forget Phone’.
There has been one thing that I have found that has been a LIFESAVER for losing small objects like this, which is the Tile.
The Tile is a tiny Bluetooth-enabled tracker and companion app that allows you to locate your items. They come in a variety of sizes and can be put onto everything from keys to a laptop. I even have one on my epilepsy medication case, just in case!
If you have your phone, you can ring any item you have a Tile attached to, and if you have an item with a Tile (such as your keys) you can ring your phone!
This little device is for sure an epilepsy life hack device for those of us with memory problems! Check it out at https://www.thetileapp.com/