Welcome to the group! I was clipped in 1995 for a right posterior communicating artery aneurysm that ruptured. Your experiences are very familiar to me. I have short term memory issues as well, and it sounds like you have found good ways to cope with it using notes and repetition. Post-it notes can be helpful as well as saying things out loud, which seems to make it easier to remember things. About introducing people, I have problems with facial recognition, so all tall men with beards look pretty much alike. That took training myself to find a unique characteristic to identify them with. When introducing people to others, I just turn to them and let them introduce themselves. if you don’t say anything, the other person usually fills the silence. facial recognition isn’t a problem with my family, just with new people or people I don’t see often. I am sure I have annoyed acquaintances by ignoring them on the street. I had to study the facial signs of emotion, like jaw clenching with anger or eye narrowing with annoyance. I totally missed these clues after the aneurysm.
I haven’t experienced inability to sweat, but you might want to see a neuroendocrinologist, since the surgery may have affected sweat-controlling endocrine cells in the brain (the hypothalamus?). I have seizures from flashing lights and take a seizure drug for that.
Oh, and weight gain. Had that too. No real answer for that, but I recognized I was more sensitive to low blood sugar between meals so I eat smaller meals more frequently and entirely (well, almost entirely) avoid sugar. That helped with the overwhelming hunger I was experiencing. I don’t drink my calories, so water and coffee are all that I drink, since diet sodas play with my blood sugar too. They did a 24-hour blood sugar monitoring in the hospital and found I was very susceptible to lows between meals and overnight and that those lows made me hungry (and gave me seizures). I don’t have diabetes. The hypothalamus controls blood sugar swings as well.
I don’t know if I am just getting used to all the post-clipping changes, or if they have gotten better over the years. It has helped to just accept that I am forever changed and have to think of all these differences as the new normal for me. This site with fellow survivors has helped me feel less alone and to better accept the changes. Glad you found us!