Transient Global Amnesia

This past weekend, my wife experienced TGA or Transient Global Amnesia. She basically lost her memory for several hours. We ended up spending the night in the emergency of a local hospital and she stayed overnight so she could be tested for an explanation other than TGA. She is fine and doing well.

However, while she was in the midst of her amnesia, it was emotionally trying and worrisome. Having a loved one lose their memory or have a sudden health problem is disconcerting at best. Even when the initial diagnosis was benign, it was still stressful and surreal.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Transient global amnesia is a sudden, temporary episode of memory loss that can't be attributed to a more common neurological condition, such as epilepsy or stroke.

During an episode of transient global amnesia, your recall of recent events simply vanishes, so you can't remember where you are or how you got there. You may also draw a blank when asked to remember things that happened a day, a month or even a year ago. With transient global amnesia, you do remember who you are, and recognize the people you know well, but that doesn't make your memory loss less disturbing. 

Fortunately, transient global amnesia is rare, seemingly harmless and unlikely to happen again. Episodes are usually short-lived, and afterward your memory is fine.” 

TGA affects about 5 out of 100,000 people in America, so it is indeed rare, but doesn’t lessen the impact.

We have all had numerous friends and family members undergo different medical, emotional and circumstantial trials in their lives. From, cancers to depression to loss of jobs, things have gone awry. It underscores what Paul meant when he wrote, “…but though our outer man is decaying”. Indeed, we are all fragile and prone to challenges and trials.

However, Paul sandwiched what he wrote between two truths. He wrote, “Therefore we do not lose heart... yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.” We learn that we should not lose heart and that the Lord is renewing us from the inside out on a daily basis. 

So if you experience TGA or another trial in your life, know this: Never lose heart or become desperately discouraged because through it all, God will be renewing you from the inside out each and every day. 

Something to think about…