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Is this you? (btw; Can’t think of a Title-in a deep fog)

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?”

Sleep deprivation is the leading cause of Fibro Fog.
In addition to sleep deprivation, side effects of medication, depression, Vitamin B12 deficiency, Thyroid problems, Alcohol abuse & Dehydration.

What can we do to …

Get plenty of sleep. Yes – I know that this sounds like the impossible but if you stay on a regular routine – it really can improve your sleep.
Exercise; Walking is a great way to help fight memory loss.
According to the American Academy of Neurology, older adults who walked between 6 & 9 miles per week had more gray matter in their brains nine years after the start the study than people who didn’t walk as much.
Get together with Friends & Family; keeping social contacts will help your memory.
Watch what you eat; Avoid foods high in salt, fat and sugar. Avoid alcohol.
Manage stress. (Good Luck – we only have hmmmm… a very long list of diagnosis that go along with Fibro)
Keep to a routine. Schedules are a Fibromite friends.
Make lists – and lists – and lists. Post it notes are a great help with remembering things. The palest ink is better than the best memory” – Chinese Proverb
Get rid of distractions. Loud music, people talking at the same time, fluorescent lighting, all create confusion.
Know your circadian clock. Pay bills, grocery shop, and do other tasks that require a high level of concentration when your energy level is highest.
Play games such as; Scrabble, Words with Friends, Sudoku, Crossword and Jigsaw puzzles, try playing the kid game “I’m going on a picnic and I’m going to bring”
Read newspapers, magazines, mysteries – Anything that will challenge your memory.

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 ….

IT IS NOT THE SAME!!!!!

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
problems
May pause to remember directions, but doesn’t get lost in familiar
places
Gets lost or disoriented even in familiar places; unable to follow
directions
Occasional difficulty finding the right word, but no trouble holding a
conversation
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
inappropriate ways
I began to search for the perfect quote that would say it all for us Fibromites.
I found the following quotes;
QUOTE MY REPLY

“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

Leave it my FAVORITE POET to make me laugh.
After spending forever reading quote after quote about memory loss I just couldn’t find the one that said what I truley felt about Fibro Fog.
I decided that I needed to make my own statement. So here it goes;

FIBRO FOG SUCKS!

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