I quit smoking a few weeks back and boy, am I dumb! My short-term memory is seriously impaired (no, I don't use MJ) to the point where I regularly have to consult my datebook to see what I did a few days before. I am also checking and re-checking my sent box at work to see if I've submitted crucial emails and I am repeatedly checking my files to see if I've shipped important documents. (I have -- although in one case, I forgot to include all of the relevant attachments. Naturally, that one was going to a federal regulatory department.)
I'm finding it difficult to sit though an entire movie and I love movies! I have started reading 4 books in the last 3 weeks and I can't get past the first chapter on any of them. If I start watching a television show and it goes to commercial, I wander off never to return. I have tried to complete a blog entry on a subject that is very important to me, but I can't seem to construct one complete sentence about it.
I'm hoping this is temporary -- because it turns out that it is scientifically proven that smoking makes you smarter. Ask Albert Einstein.
Now why didn't anyone tell me about THAT? Instead, everyone likes to ponificate on the health and functioning of my lungs and heart -- but everyone who knows me, knows that given a choice between healthy heart and healthy brain, I tend to opt for the brain. Relax, my people, I don't plan to fall off the wagon. But if my cognition doesn't radically improve in the next few weeks, I am going to start wearing the nicotine patch 24/7.