Paige's TIP OF THE DAY! ALWAYS Check Purse/Pocket For Carrying Appropriate Cash/Credit, Coupons, Memberships and ID!
by Paige Connard
I originally posted this on a day when I really wasn't planning on posting anything because I just had so much work to do, but it was something that just happened to me just over an hour prior to me posting it on my regular facebook page, and I wanted to make sure I shared it with all of you who might have the same problem after head injuries, and I did to help myself to remember it in the future.
I was getting ready to leave for the Safeway grocery store to pick up some fruit and veggies for the next week, along with medications that we had been notified were ready to be picked up. I had already put ALMOST EVERYTHING that I normally carry in my little clear storage purse, then into one of my full size purses to take to Safeway with me.
The problem was, sometime since that last time I used my ID and most of my cash, I had taken it out & put it in the cute little purse that only holds my iPhone, a few credit cards, my ID and a little bit of cash.
I USUALLY REMEMBERED TO TRANSFER ALL OF THAT BACK INTO THE THE LARGER ONE THAT I KEEP ON THE TABLE BY THE FRONT DOOR, BUT BECAUSE OF MY MEMORY PROBLEMS AFTER MY HEAD INJURY, I HAD FORGOTTEN TO DO THAT! ;-(
Thankfully, I had enough to pay cash for the medication, and I was lucky enough to see my wonderful friend, who works at Safeway, as I was getting ready to pay for the groceries! Of course I had started to cry & she asked me what was wrong. ;-) When I explained to her she said that this was no problem, she would pay for it herself & I could just pay her with my credit card the next time I saw her! ;-)
So I got everything I needed & brought it home, found my little purse with all of my cash & credit cards & took her the cash the next morning! I thanked her so much and gave her some extra cash to pay her for her help, support and friendship! ;-)Doug's Reply
Thanks for the tip, Paige! You're not the only one who sometimes is forgetful. It doesn't take a head injury to become distracted or to simply not remember where we put our car keys, for example, or even to forget items on our to-do lists, etc.
One way we can avoid uncomfortable situations like you had is to always have a place for everything and to keep everything in its place. Habit and routine can take the place of actively trying to remember certain things.
For example, many people have a hook somewhere in their house where they hang their keys. All they have to do is hang the keys there every time (make it a habit), and the keys will never get misplaced. At least not in the house!
Thanks again for your tip!