Hi, fibrodaze, and welcome! The best thing for your fibrofog is a great sense of humor! You definitely need that. Also, write notes to help you remember things. I play bridge on the computer and that helps me because you have to remember what cards have been played. You can find things that help with your memory and help keep you "sharp".
I have a Nintendo DS Lite and bought the game Brain Age. That is good too and helps some. But, as I said in the beginning, a sense of humor is great. It's good to laugh and it sure beats being frustrated all of the time.!
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum. There are links to good info about fibromyalgia and you can learn a lot about this illness. Also, read back posts and ask questions. We are here to help you. I hope to hear more from you soon.
Well, I did not know it had a name (fog) but about 25 years ago I went to a large 2 story mall in a St. Louis suburb. When I was finished shopping I realized I did not know where I parked, not even what level I parked on. It took me forever to find my car. I've have not lost my car since. When I get out of the car I take a moment to look around and find a 'marker'. Some shopping centers mark the rows with a number or letter. If not I look towards the store I'm close to and memorize something that is easy, like what letter in the name of the store I am parked closest to. Like the E in Sears. If I'm in a large lot I count how many rows from the store I am. I use to write this down but now I make myself remember. It does help. I do see people wandering around the parking lots trying to find their cars. How frustrating.
Like nurse, I had a fibro moment at the checkout lane. After getting my items rung up, I ran my card through the machine on the counter, and after a few moments, the cashier said it had been declined. Well, I'd had problems occasionally with my ATM card not working correctly because the little stripe was so worn, so I rubbed it on my shirt and tried again. Same thing. I panicked, and became upset. Figuring there must have been some problem I wasn't aware of with my bank, and not wanting to hold up the line, I pulled out my wallet to pay with my credit card. Imagine my surprise when I saw my ATM card sticking out of it's usual spot in my wallet. I looked at the card in my hand, and saw I had tried to pay by swiping my driver's license! My 19 year old daughter laughed so hard I thought she might hurt herself.
I can laugh about it now, and whenever my daughter is with me, she makes sure I have the right card in hand, but it was very embarrassing then. I had gone through a very stressful day, and chalked it up to fibro-brain. I've had a couple other small instances since then, but luckily was alone or not where people could see my mistake. Plus, I think I might bankrupt the company I work for because of the cost of all the Post-It notes I use-I think since I started having memory problems they have tripled the size of their order of the notes. Fibro certainly makes life interesting, if nothing else, lol!