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Today is NOT Sunday Nor is it Fall ~ Fibro Fog Strikes
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vavaughn - March 27

I'm feeling pretty low right now. Most of my fibro-fog episodes, until today, have been only observed by me (i.e. forgetting where I put my keys, not remembering what I was going to do next, etc.) Well today was my first experience of fibro fog that was noticed by others. First I said something about how odd it was that the trees were getting new buds in the fall. My boyfriend questioned me and it took me that before I realized I was totally wrong about what season it was. Then at a birthday party today I must have said it was Sunday at least 5 times. Well, for those readings this after today, it's really Saturday.

I want to be ok with and know that it is part of my fibro but I am really struggling. I feel downright silly and very embarrassed. Of course to compound it I worry if this is going to happen again. Maybe in a work setting, etc. Then the worry brings stress and the stress brings pain. How do we get out of this vicious circle? Also, I'd love some tips on how to come to the realization that your old life is gone and your new life is a work in progress with no blueprint!

This board is great! There is no one in my life I could share this story with that would understand and I just needed to get it out try to cope with it. As always, thanks for lending and ear and some advice. I wish you pain free and relaxing days ahead!

 

Fantod - March 27

vavaughn - Don't be so hard on yourself. We all make mistakes. Memory issues are a "perk" of Fibromyalgia (FMS) and you are certainly not alone. Chronic pain and sleep deprivation will make anyone prone to mistakes. I become a babbling idiot if I am over tired. I can't put a proper sentence together, forget what I'm trying to communicate and so on. I find that it is better to just move on than dwell on something that can not be undone. And, if the people you are with are not understanding than that is a shortcoming on their part. A little empathy goes a long way in this sometimes miserable world.

It is going to happen again and there is nothing you can do about it. I usually say something like "apparently I am more tired than I thought today" or "my brain has temporarily left my body" laugh and let it go. An episode like that sometimes known as a "brain fart" can also be a good opportunity to educate people about FMS. It is all part of the human condition. Cheer up - things could be so much worse. Take care.

 

fibromite.u.k. - March 27

I have moments like this as well, and sometimes start to wonder if I have dementia, but I have come to realise that it is a common symtom of fibro. Last month, on 25th Feb, my son (who knows I am still a Beatles fan) mentioned that he had seen on line that it would have been George Harrison's birthday that day. My reply was, well they have got that wrong as his birthday is in February, not in September. My son gave me a funny look and said, well, it is February now. I felt so silly, especially as it had only been my own birthday four days before.

Another thing I said back in August when a cousin mentioned that my aunt and uncle were on holiday, was that it was unusual for them to go away in May, as they usually went in August.

I will have everyone thinking I have lost my marbles soon.

 

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