Fandango’s Provocative Question #17 Revisited


This week’s provocative question came to mind when my son asked me a question. He wanted to know where we lived when I sold my motorcycle, and I couldn’t remember whether it was in New Jersey or Pennsylvania. I tried and tried, but came up empty. I couldn’t even recall the last time I rode it.

So, I decided to ask a question about human memory, which has been shown to be incredibly unreliable. With that in mind, here is this week’s provocative question:

“How do you know which of your memories are genuine and which have been altered over time or even made up?”


I have checked and it seems that I missed this question when it was originally asked.

I have a very dodgy memory.

There are some periods in my past where I don’t have much recollection of day-to-day life. The reason was the onset of my thyroid disease. It’s one of the side effects of hypothyroidism that there is severe memory loss.

If my kids say that this incident happened during those years, I accept it. Though I don’t recall anything like that happening. But I trust them and I am confident that they aren’t gaslighting me. If two out of three are verifying it then it is a sure thing.

As far as memory recollection goes, I think we all have a different version of the same incident. We all look at it from our point of view. So one incident could have affected all the people involved in different ways and would live in the minds of them with different implications.

It never pays to argue about the memories of a given event with someone. They will accuse you of trying to gaslight them.

The end conclusion is that though memories can be manipulated, it is better to let them be as they are. I do trust my recollection of the things that are clear in my mind. Other than that I don’t worry much!




16 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #17 Revisited

  1. I really dint know hypothyroidism leads to memory loss. I was just telling my husband last week about the many things I’m forgetting.
    I will forget to take my keys, that is my usual behaviour from many years. But once I take it, I won’t lose the keys or I will remember where I last kept them. Nowadays my memory is way too hampered! May be I got an answer to a question that’s bugging me too much 😃

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      1. Yes Sadje, recently. Actually two years ago, i had thyrotoxicosis, (too much thyroid due to an infection to the gland) and then gradually it went to the other extreme of hypothyroidism ..
        My body is still unable to settle at a dosage 😅

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        1. I had Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune disease where the body destroys the thyroid gland. I haven’t settled on one dose since I began therapy in 1999! I get it tested every 3 months.

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          1. Oh my!!! This really helped in preparing my mind .. I started becoming a bit restless every time the dosage was changed… thanks Sadje 😇 ❤️I think I will now go with the flow ..

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  2. Wow this is a tough question because I like to think that all of my memories are true and genuine. However I am very fortunate to have a family that will correct me when needed on my memories

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