Do you . . .
. . . forget where you leave things you use daily.
. . . forget names of friends, co-workers, acquaintances.
. . . forget mid-conversation completely what you were going to say?
It’s there but it can’t come out.
. . . miss appointments or forget things that you were supposed to do.
. . . have trouble remembering what you’ve just read, or details
of a conversation.
. . . become easily distracted.
If you have not experienced THE FOG – You are blessed. Fibro Fog is to say the least very frustrating. I would never have thought how much panic & stress forgetting something can cause you.
I am constantly stopping as I start to tell a story and ask the person I am conversing with – “Have I told you this yet?”
So, If you have heard these stories ~ I am sorry but there is a plus – I do remember telling them to well… someone anyhow.
I was sitting at my phone. I was going to call my parent’s house. I have never put their home phone on speed dial. I know the number. Well, I thought I knew the number. I sat there staring at the phone. My brain was spinning to find the number. Panic over took. I could feel my head spinning. Emotion took over. I began to cry. I could not no matter how hard I try remember their number.
Another time, I was in the locker room after swimming. I went to my locker to get my clothes. No problem – right? Wrong! I had no idea which locker had my clothes in it. I stood there – fighting the panic – I lost.
Most recently when I was in “THE FOG” ~ I went to McDonald’s to pick up through the drive thru. A short time later on my way home (4 blocks from McDonald’s), started thinking “What was I supposed to do?”, OH, that’s right – McDonald’s. Looked to see if I put it in the back of my car – nope not there. Did I not go? Yep – I went receipt was right there. Food was not. I had gone thru, ordered, paid for and kept on driving. Totally forgot to pick up the food. So back I went.
I told them I was the scatterbrain who forgot their food. I didn’t go into the whole “I’m sorry” “I have a health condition that makes me forget things”.. I am so SICK & TIRED.. of saying “I’m Sorry, I have a health condition that makes me … (Fill in the blank with any of the following) ~ Forget things, Drop Things, Not be able to open things, Tired, Dizzy, Walk Slow, etc.
What causes us to go into “The Fog?”
What can we do to …
Today, I was going to come home from work and post this blog. Well, work gave me another story for this entry.
At my work the woman’s- bathroom key is kept on a bulletin board. I looked for it – not there. Checked all around the desk, the cabinet beside it, the floor etc. No where to be found. I wasn’t worried about be going in there and someone else coming in (I am the only Female at work). I was worried about someone locking and shutting the door and then not being able to get in there next. I was walking to the supply closet and put my hand in my pants pocket. Yep – you guessed it – that was where I found the key. Later a co-worker asked me if I found the key. He was with another co-worker and a vendor. I said yes. He asked me where I found it.. I said in my pocket. Of course, the laughter began and the stories.. “I’ve looked for keys, sunglasses etc.
I don’t know about you but I am just plain tired of people telling me that Oh, I have the same problem. I forget to …. or I forget where I put ….
Forgive me but I did not write the below chart and I have no idea from where I copied it. I really thought I had saved the page to give the author credit.
Therefore – I did not write the chart below but please read it. PLEASE – read the differences.
Understand that those of us with Fibro Fog experience symptoms in both columns and it is very SCAREY!
|Normal age-related memory changes||Symptoms that may indicate dementia|
|Able to function independently and pursue normal activities, despite
occasional memory lapses
|Difficulty performing simple tasks (paying bills, dressing appropriately,
washing up); forgetting how to do things you’ve done many times
|Able to recall and describe incidents of forgetfulness||Unable to recall or describe specific instances where memory loss caused
|May pause to remember directions, but doesn’t get lost in familiar
|Gets lost or disoriented even in familiar places; unable to follow
|Occasional difficulty finding the right word, but no trouble holding a
|Words are frequently forgotten, misused, or garbled; Repeats phrases and
stories in same conversation
|Judgment and decision-making ability the same as always||Trouble making choices; May show poor judgment or behave in socially
“Our health always seems much more valuable after we lose it.” – unknown VERY TRUE
“One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.” ― Rita Mae Brown VERY UNTRUE!!!
“I hate when I put something in a safe place so I won’t lose it Not funny – happens daily.
But then forget where that safe place is” – unknown
“When it comes to memory, it’s use it or lose it” – unknown author BLAH, BLAH, BLAH
“Right now I’m having amnesia and deja vu at the same time; Wow – almost nailed it!
I think I’ve forgotten this before.” ― Steven Wright
“If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.”-Edgar Allan Poe