Short answer: It can make new memories, but can’t recall the past 26 years.
Long answer: I am a technology writer and a published author, recovering from hydrocephalus caused due to tuberculous meningitis. Memory loss is a common side effect of this neurological condition, but my neurologist is however concerned with the extent of my memory loss.
Not only do I not remember the events leading up to or during the time at the hospital, what’s really puzzling my neurologist is my lack of any autobiographical and episodic memory — I don’t remember spending *any* time with my family or growing up with my brother, nor my friends or the time I spent at school, or writing the books and hundreds of articles.
In the course of my treatment (January 2010 onwards) I’ve had about a dozen MRI and CT scans. I’ve put them all up on the site, along with the radiologist’s reports and other details about my health and recovery.
In case my condition would be of any use to your memory-related neurological research, feel free to use them as you wish. You can also email me if you need additional details, or if you have some pointers about my memory loss and would like to talk to my neurologist.
— Mayank Sharma (firstname.lastname@example.org)