The Treasure Hunter

A blog by Joanne Yatvin

Explaining My Problem

on June 8, 2020

Over several months we who live at the Watermark in Phladelfia have ben confined to our apartments because of the frightening world wide virus. For all of us our physical isolation has ben very difficult and unpleasant. Although we get meals every day and have our rooms cleaned weekly, we are not allowed to have physical contact with anyone in the building.

Now I have memory loss which I attribute to being isolated in my apartment for so long. Although I remember the basics of my life, I forget how to spell words when writing, and even the number on my apartment door when I’m asked.

But what has ben most difficult for me recently is writing. Not only do I have trouble spelling words, I also repeat sentences because I forget that I have already written them. Because writing has long ben an important part of my life, I now work hard to clean up my spelling errors so I can post what I’ve written. Fortunately my computer puts marks under any misspelled words so I will know they are wrong, but it still takes me a long time to correct them.

Because everyone at the Watermark is close to having freedom again and the chance to be with friends, I hope that my forgotten abilities will return and stay with me forever. If that happens I will be in the best emotional shape that I have ever been. My plan is to stop complaining and to get on with writing. I’m counting on my friends to help me restore my memory and I hope I will spell words correctly for the rest of my life.

P.S. if there are any misspelled words on this page correct them and don’t tell me about my errors.

2 responses to “Explaining My Problem

  1. Jane Watson says:

    Joanne, I can understand how you feel so isolated, but things will get better. I’m glad you have such a positive spin. I know we all hate technology at times, but isn’t it so wonderful that we have it available?! I’ll never like spellcheck. People in other pandemics didn’t have. Technology available like we do. I just finished a children’s book, Jacob’s Song,(Harlow, Joan Hiatt) about the 1900 Spanish Flu panademic. It takes place in Boston – didn’t know about The Great Molasses Flood of January 15, 1919. Happy Reading!


  2. writerjoney says:

    Thank you and congratulations on your book


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