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WannaSew
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   Posted 6/4/2010 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi!
I did it again. I left something on the stove and went outside. I have done this alot lately.
I know it's FibroFog but it is to the point that it is dangerous.
I would appreciate any suggestions you have to help keep my family safe.
Seriously, I feel like I should move out before I burn the house down.
I try to do just one thing at a time and even that doesn't seem to help.
Thanks!
 
 
Fibromyalgia from a bad car accident.
I was waiting for traffic and someone on a CELL PHONE hit my car at 65MPH and totalled it.
PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Chronic Fatigue, Arthritis and other stuff sprinkled in for good measure.
Wanna Sew


sotiredoffibro
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   Posted 6/4/2010 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
The one thing I can think of is if you have a cell phone set the alarm to go off 15 minutes to 1/2 hour after you turn the stove on then if you forget it will go off to remind you. I use my cell phone like that for alot of things. This fibro memory thing is the pits or maybe for me it is just my age showing lol

Acheybody
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   Posted 6/4/2010 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh wow, that's JUST like me!  Shows how interested we are in cooking! turn   I try to touch things that are still hot, too.  I also put leftover food in the microwave while it cools off (to keep the cat from getting it while we're eating) - then end up having to throw it away the next day....or stick my hot egg pan in the oven in the morning for the same reason - then start the oven for supper and melt the spatula shocked    I've done that 2 days in a row!  You'd think after suffering 3rd degree burns - FROM A STOVE - as a child, I'd have learned something.  But I guess fog is stronger than memories. 
 
I agree about the alarm, though I wouldn't know how to set a cell phone.  If I do think that far ahead, it's to set the oven timer.  Then, it's like, "What?  What's that?  Oh, yeah!"
  Achey 
 
    Diagnosed: Fibromyalgia, possible Meniere's, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting on back, arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraine headaches, tachycardia, skin cancer surgeries on face
    Meds: Nortriptyline, Clonazepam, Darvocet as needed
    Multivitamins, l-lysine, probiotics, magnesium, malic acid, calcium + vit. D, vit. C
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Be yourself.  Everyone else is already taken.


WannaSew
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   Posted 6/4/2010 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh my Gosh! I touch hot things all the time! What am I thinking! I set the the oven timer and when it goes off I have no clue why I set it!I try to stay in the kitchen any time I am cooking. But I left the dog out and forgot to come in. At least I remembered to bring the dog in! I burnt a pot of soup last week doing the same thing.
I feel like I need to tether myself to the stove when I turn it on.

I am constantly going to the wrong appliance when I am in the kitchen. The 1st time I really knew something was wrong, I took the clean dishes out of the dishwasher, opened the frig and couldn't figure ot where I was going to put them, After all they belong in the frig right? Wrong! My daughter and I just looked at each other. That's when we could no longer ignore the problem.

I am going to try using the microwave for heating. And I am going to buy a new toaster oven with a timer. My timer wore out so thetoaster doesn't turn off.

Not sure what else I can do to protect my home from myself.

Shirley
Fibromyalgia from a bad car accident.
I was waiting for traffic and someone on a CELL PHONE hit my car at 65MPH and totalled it.
PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Chronic Fatigue, Arthritis and other stuff sprinkled in for good measure.
Wanna Sew


Acheybody
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   Posted 6/4/2010 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, it is pretty scary to be so spacey. If I figure out the answer I'll let you know. If you remember, do the same for me, ok??
  Achey 
 
    Diagnosed: Fibromyalgia, possible Meniere's, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting on back, arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraine headaches, tachycardia, skin cancer surgeries on face
    Meds: Nortriptyline, Clonazepam, Darvocet as needed
    Multivitamins, l-lysine, probiotics, magnesium, malic acid, calcium + vit. D, vit. C
    Chiropractic adjustments
 
Be yourself.  Everyone else is already taken.


steppingstone
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   Posted 6/4/2010 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Shirley, I have used my microwave for several years for the same reason. I got concerned that I was going to get distracted and wander off while something was cooking on the stove top. I use the stove anymore for cooking big meals (supper is usually our big meal). That way, if I wander off, other family members are present to either take over or remind me. I also have caught myself wandering to the wrong appliance a number of times lately. My favorite is when I get ready to open a can, and I will go to the coffee maker or the water cooler instead of the can opener. I have done this several times.

WannaSew
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   Posted 6/4/2010 9:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I am glad to see it's not just me. I wonder how much of it is insomnia related. I took the ambien and got at least 6 hrs sleep but I think I also had an "ambien hangover". When you think you are functioning and realize at the end of the day you really didn't do or even try to do anything all day. Well it's after midnight (my earliest possible bedtime)and I am yawning. I am ging to try to sleep without assistance tonight. Take care!
Fibromyalgia from a bad car accident.
I was waiting for traffic and someone on a CELL PHONE hit my car at 65MPH and totalled it.
PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Chronic Fatigue, Arthritis and other stuff sprinkled in for good measure.
Wanna Sew


Statgeek
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   Posted 6/4/2010 10:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I have done this. Once I left the gas burner on all day while I was at work. When I came home, the house smelled strongly of gas.

I have a routine that usually helps: say to myself before leaving, check the stove, check the iron, check the windows and doors, set the alarm, get the keys, turn off the lights. It can be difficult to remember everything that I need to remember!

Oh, I also make it habit not to leave the room when cooking. Maybe bring in a book or something do keep you occupied if you have to wait a little while.

You could also try putting a list up, but I guess that will not work if you do it in the middle of your day.

Sue

damouthy1
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   Posted 6/5/2010 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
That is exactly what I have to do Sue, never leave the kitchen until I am done! With 5 kids in the house (well 2 teenagers and 3 younger ones 11, 9 and 7) I worry that they could get hurt on something cooking, as none of them pay much attention to where they are going...lol So I get 2 birds with one stone, the house doesn't burn down because I forgot I was cooking and my lovely monsters don't have a bad accident!
Gentle Hugs,
Shannon
 
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vestabula
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   Posted 6/5/2010 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   

I am very fortunate that the hubby prefers to cook...I think because I have had so many disasters.  You know...FIRES.  Last winter my DIL and infant grand daughter were here...she told me she was 'boiling nipples' on the stove.  To begin with, who does that anymore???  Anyway, she asked me turn them off after five minutes as she wanted to take a shower.  The fire alarm went off, the nipples were burned to a rubbery mess and the arcing flames burned the crap out of four kitchen cabinets...which had to be repainted.  I am very lucky it wasn't worse...knew enough to throw a blanket over the fire.  I need timers. sirens, bells, whistles, or a handsome stud to stand in my kitchen and yell when the food is done.  I put brownies in the oven to bake and went to Walmart!  Thankfully, the hubby has a good nose.

Huggies

Donna

 


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Sherrine
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   Posted 6/5/2010 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I live by myself most of the time.  My daughter sleeps here because I can't hear smoke alarms.  I have left the stove on several times.  Yes, it is disconcerting.  I'm 63 so it really gets to me. 
 
Since I've left things on before, I now concentrate on what I'm doing when cooking.  I have a timer that vibrates so when I put something in the oven, I set it and clip it to my blouse.  This way I don't forget...well, I forget but the timer keeps me from burning dinner to a crisp.   I've very careful to turn off the burners FIRST before I remove the pan from the stove.  I also go around the kitchen and double check the stove, oven, and toaster oven before I ever leave the house.  I have a dog and two cats and would never forgive myself if anything happened to them due to my forgetfulness.
 
I have a severe hearing problem and can't hear water running and have left that on a few times too.  I think the worst forgetful thing I did concerning water was draining my pool.  I wanted to drain a couple of inches off the pool because of heavy rains.  Well, you guessed it.  I forgot about it and drained half the water out of the pool and flooded my neighbor's yard!    blush UH!  That's when my son bought me the vibrating timer. 
 
Sherrine 
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WhiteChocChip
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   Posted 6/5/2010 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
My husband put a styrofoam take out container on a hot burner last night, so it's not just us Fibromites that do stupid stuff like that.

I suggest that you keep some rubber bands or jelly bracelets next to the stove and when you put something on the stove, slip one around your wrist. Hopefully that will serve as a visual reminder that you have food on and you will remember it before you leave.

Statgeek
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   Posted 6/5/2010 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok, so I broke my own rule cuz I forgot!! I put on a pot of water to boil to brew tea. Then got the bright idea to move my little tool box from one closet to another and got all distracted. Fortunately, I heard the water boiling and turned it off. Sheesh!

WannaSew
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   Posted 6/5/2010 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the feedback! It's good to know I'm not the only one.
Fibromyalgia from a bad car accident.
I was waiting for traffic and someone on a CELL PHONE hit my car at 65MPH and totalled it.
PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Chronic Fatigue, Arthritis and other stuff sprinkled in for good measure.
Wanna Sew


Arrunk
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   Posted 6/6/2010 5:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Wanna Sew, I know how you feel. I have been known to leave burners on after I have put the food on plates and served dinner. That's really sad! Luckily I haven't burnt the place down yet. I also used to forget to turn the coffee maker off when I left for work. Now I unplug it after I turn it off. I used to have a photographic memory, but those days are long gone.
Richard
 
Dx with Fibromyalgia, depression, sciatica-Feb 2010, carpal tunnel, arthritis in lower back-May 2010; IBS-2007; RLS-2006; Tachycardia-1999. Probable RA-going back to rheumatologist in July. Falling apart!


livenlaugh
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   Posted 6/6/2010 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Leave sticky notes all over the house when you plan on turning off the stove.  Place the notes on the doors going outside, bathroom and any other place that you may wander into.  This does help me.
Lisa

@rianna
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   Posted 6/8/2010 6:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Not to rub it in but I'm seriously lucky I have my husband.  when its my turn to cook I usually get to tired or in pain to stand over the stove.  so we've gotten me to the point of moving the computer chair next to the kitchen and i'll read a book and set a timer to remind its been long enough in between stirswhen the fog is too thick.  Or you could do couples/group cooking.  someone has the skillets and someone has the toast??
Other occupations: heartburn fighter, migraine massage therapist, fibromyalgia trainer, sinus plummer, allergic vet, weather girl and jar of pickles loosener.

Translation: I have heartburn, IBS(undiagnosed), fibromyalgia, migraine-like headaches, sinus issues, allergies to cigarette smoke, perfume and animals, sensitive to weather-body heat issues and possible RA in hands, wrists and feet.
 
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Sheila1366
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   Posted 6/8/2010 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I just did this today. If it hadn't been for my husband coming inside who knows what would have happened. It is awful.
Fibromyalgia,arthritis,raynauds syndrome,gastroparesis,IBS,depression and roseca
 
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Dagger
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   Posted 6/8/2010 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
When my fog is bad, I won't use the stove. I just use the microwave. When it has finished cooling, our microwave beeps once every minute until you open the door and take out the food.

The cell phone idea is a great one because it will remind you even if you've left the house (assuming you didn't forget your phone.) My problem is that I always think I will remember so I don't set reminders.

Sometimes I put my car keys near something I don't want to forget. This way, you are less likely to leave the house and forget something. I was forgetting my lunch for a while so I put my car keys in the fridge next to my lunch. Then I put a post-it by the hook where I usually leave my keys. It also works when you are cooking, put the keys by the stove and you a less likely to leave when the oven is still on. I usually put a post-it up otherwise I'll spend hours looking for the keys. It's a bit of work but it helps. You just have to do it every time and not just when you think you need to.

We have been thinking about putting a dry erase board by the key hook. As long as I take the extra steps to write on it and LOOK at it, I think it will help. Once it becomes a habit, it should work.

Sherrine
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   Posted 6/8/2010 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I guess I don't have to worry about burning down the house.  Today I wanted to bake a pie crust and forgot how to turn my oven on!  I stood in front of it for about 20 seconds before I could remember what to do.  If you don't laugh, you will cry!
 
Sherrine
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


Acheybody
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   Posted 6/8/2010 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
How true, Sherrine! Remember that Joni Mitchell song that said, "laughing or crying, you know it's the same release,"?
  Achey 
 
    Diagnosed: Fibromyalgia, possible Meniere's, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting on back, arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraine headaches, tachycardia, skin cancer surgeries on face
    Meds: Nortriptyline, Clonazepam, Darvocet as needed
    Multivitamins, l-lysine, probiotics, magnesium, malic acid, calcium + vit. D, vit. C
    Chiropractic adjustments
 
Be yourself.  Everyone else is already taken.


Howlyncat
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   Posted 6/9/2010 2:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Sherrine
just read yr post about yr not hearing fire alarms
i hv become totally deaf in last yr n cait is gone 4 5 out of 7 days
apparently it was going off for a good 15 minutes before neighbor came down
my landlord has installed visual flashing ones that really put out strong strobe like flashes
i feel safer as i hv left things on stove made a stream in kitchen with water running ..i forget i turn it on
you can no doubt get these or info from firehouse or fireman
like i said it has really made me feel safer as this not hearing anything is scary enough especially at our ages and alone
huggs
lyn
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Southernlady
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   Posted 6/9/2010 6:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad to know I'm not the only one in this kind of shape.  I usually burn something on the stove at least once every two weeks and my DH sometimes gets upset at me. 
 
I have tried to explain that it is the Fibro fog to him but he thinks it's just carelessness.  nono
 
I'm going to see if he will read some of your post to prove to him that there is a reason I do these things.
 
God Bless!
Shannon
Of all the things that I have lost, I miss my mind the most!!!!


GSDgirl
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   Posted 6/9/2010 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Shannon, your DH sounds like mine but mine thinks it is from any one of the drugs that I take, even zocor & zoloft turn turn  .  I have fallen asleep when cooking. 
 
 He does not believe in naps and sometimes I just need a few x-tra hours.  He also does not believe in fibro fog so I don't bother to mention it. To him it is an excuse
Denise from Pittsburgh, Pa
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