Have you ever read Flowers for Algernon? Itâ€™s a short story told through the point of view of a man, Charlie, who has been chosen to undergo an experiment to increase his IQ (which starts out quite low). I wonâ€™t go into too much detail, but Charlieâ€™s IQ triples right before it starts to rapidly decline, bringing him back to where he was before the procedure with only a memory of what it was like to be smart. While I havenâ€™t read the story in years, I do remember how sad it was for Charlie to know that he was getting dumber and dumber and not being able to do anything about it. And now I can relate.
The first time I noticed that this was happening to me was after Iâ€™d been away from my job as a lawyer for about 14 months to stay at home with my son. More