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   Posted 1/2/2009 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
How do you deal with Fibro Fog? It's quite embarrassing.

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   Posted 1/2/2009 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I will now double check app times so I don't show up at the vets an hour early again. I make list and use a lot of sticky notes.  I describe things I can't remember the name of. I really try to concentrate on what I'm doing if it is something that could cause harm to myself or others, like driving. I don't let my little mind think about anything else when I'm driving, I've made a couple of boo boos that could have caused a wreck.
I don't know what you mean by embarrassment, I figure that goes with the territory.
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   Posted 1/2/2009 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
i second marlee on lists and sticky notes! i have them all over my house. if it's really important, i will also have my hubby add it to our cellphone alerts (i'd do it myself, but i don't know

as for the embarrassment, how i deal with it depends on who i am talking to. i mix up my words a lot and lose a thought right as i start talking, etc, and it drives me crazy! but if i'm talking to family and friends, i will just roll my eyes and say something like "there goes my fibro brain again!". if it happens in front of someone i don't know well, or in a store or whatever, i will just say "blah! brain fart!". that usually makes the other person laugh, which glosses over the issue enough so that i can move on with what i'm saying. i'm sure that most people i encounter think i am a total space cadet, but oh well-it could be worse!

i do know how hard the fibro fog can be-just know that there are plenty of us here who can totally relate!


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   Posted 1/2/2009 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I use the alarms and calendar feature in my cell phone. I use the calendar everyday. I even set it to remind me to thaw the turkey before Thanksgiving. I immediately add my new appointment before I leave the doctor's office and on a really foggy day, I ask them to check it to see if I did it right.

The trick is to add something the minute you think of it.

I'll never get used to it but I've slowly learned to manage it.

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   Posted 1/2/2009 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
You have gotten some good advice here.  Right now I have a note stuck on the cat food container reminding me to turn on my irrigation tonight!  LOL  It will be dark when I feed the cats so I will run out and turn it on. 
But, you need to have a good sense of humor.  That helps a lot with fibro.  My kids just laugh at me.  Yesterday, I called my daughter that lives in Ohio (I'm in Florida) and wished her a Merry Christmas!   shocked   LOL  Then I had to stop and think which holiday I was wishing and finally came up with Happy New Year!  We had a good laugh about that.  There is no need to fret about it, since there isn't much you can do.  So, enjoy the moment!
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   Posted 1/2/2009 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I use a dayplanner.  I write in it all things I need to remember & also use it for lists.  Groderies, bills to pay etc.  I keep track of when I do things like when did I pay that bill & did I mail it?  It has all my addresses in it & phone #'s so I only have to look in one place & not all over the house like I used to.  I would write myself notes on what ever was handy, even napkins & then wad them up & throw them in the garbage.  Fog can be a pain but I am not ever embarrassed about it.  It will upset me when I want to think clearly but for the most part it is part of the illness.  This is a part that people can actually see & it does help them to understand that Fibro is real & effects the whole person.  Hang in there, I think we just learn to lighten up & laugh at ourselves.  LOL  Hugs, Denise

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   Posted 1/2/2009 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   

Humor, humor, humor!  I just tried to heat up a cup of tea in the microwave without the rotating glass plate on the bottom...I took it out this morning to wash it and heaven only knows what I did with it.  I will probably find it in the linen closet.  Yesterday, I asked my husband where his bathrobe was so I could wash it.  He was wearing it.  You just gotta laugh and know it could be a lot worse!


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   Posted 1/2/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Yup, humor and sticky notes! My two best weapons of mass fibro fog destruction!
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   Posted 1/2/2009 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   

Before I met everyone here, my fibro family, I stressed about the fog and what people thought of me.  Now I realize that I am not the only one that makes these silly and embarrassing mistakes.  It is so much easier to laugh it off.  I still get embarrassed when I am around some of the people I work with; highly educated and well spoken, but I'm learning not to care what they think.  I used to be on top of things and an excellent speller, words used to come to me easily, it happened to me it can happen to them.  And you know what, I will never judge any one of them  or anyone if they are faced with a disorder that changes their life in some way.  So keep a sense of humor, write everything down, get reminders, and be careful on the roads.


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   Posted 1/2/2009 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Great suggestions! Thank you everyone. Sometimes it feels like I have amnesia cause I can't remember things. Once driving home with a friend, I asked her if a street was the way to her house. Now, I've been that way many times but for some reason, I had a mental fog and couldn't remember. She thought I was kidding, but I wasn't. I didn't explain about my fibro fog. I do bookkeeping for my husband's business and sometimes I just have to put it aside and wait for a better time when I can think clearer. Having to deal with fibromyalgia is a very lonely walk because not many can understand this condition except for my husband. He sees and knows what I live with.

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   Posted 1/3/2009 12:01 AM (GMT -6)   

I do the same things as most. Sticky notes everywhere! I write myself notes for even the smallest things. I also have my trusty calendar. I couldn't live without them! Once in a while we will call our favorite restaurant and order for pickup. I now have to write everything down before I call! For example: "Hi, I have an order for pickup" along with what everyone wants.

I got stuck in the pharmacy drive-thru one day, couldn't remember why I was there  and thankfully the worker laughed with me. I try to laugh it off because if I didn't I would be crying all the time.

I am thinking about getting a journal and carrying that with me everywhere. It will help when I am out and about and can't remember everywhere I need to go. Like Marlee, I have to be extra careful with driving.

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   Posted 1/3/2009 12:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok, so I printed two coupons for gift cards with a new Rx to take to the pharmacy. I met my husband there, as we are both getting antibiotics for nasty colds we have. I gave my coupon with my Rx to the gal behind the counter. She gave me a gift card with my script. Everything was just fine. I needed to leave to run another errand and left hubby there to wait for his script.

When he got home, I asked if the coupon I gave him worked with his Rx also. He just looked at me, and pulled the coupon out of his coat pocket!

So...when it comes to fibro fog, he understands! No fibro for him, but he definitely has the "fog"!!!
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   Posted 1/3/2009 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
A sense of humor and my daily list that sits right on the kitchen counter where I can see it. And when it gets severe, I do not drive and I try to just go with the flow that day. :)
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   Posted 1/4/2009 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Palyn!! Nice to meet you and welcome!
Fibro fog is annoying, I have been getting it bad lately... but I agree with everyone here who has said humor helps... one of my first threads here was called "Can't find a light in the fog", which was about my fibro fog and my difficulties experiencing it for one of the first times ever!! (I have not had Fibromyalgia for long!)
And I ALSO use STICKY NOTES, I write a lot down... and I also document my fog when it is bad, just so I have it written down so I can look back to see if it improves at all...
Hope you are adjusting well
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   Posted 1/4/2009 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd use my stickey notes....if I could only find them.... shocked
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