About the Fog???

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   Posted 10/31/2009 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah   yeah yeah Okay, so the fog has me thinking......I have a hard time remembering most conversations from earlier in the day, it drives my17 yr old daughter crazy( she actually thinks i don't listen to her) the problem with that is I have always encouraged her to talk to me about everything and anything. Which i am proud of her to be able to tell all about her young life....but now I foget half of what she has told me. This has developed into a problem over the past 3months, and does anyone else make up words (lol) I can be saying something an its like my brain has got 5 words mixed into one. this too makes my daughter crazy, My husband on the other hand has developed his own "Fog" coping skills I now find reminder notes on the table in the mornings should I need to do something or call someone for him....then I get the follow up phone call mid morning to see if I remember to do what the note says, I haven't explained Fibro Fog to them yet, My dear husband understands Fibro enough to know it is real and he isn't one to dicredit it....we had a friend Dx with years before me so he does have a good understanding. But the Fog......I am beginning to think they are looking at me like I am going loopy turn turn on them. I have to admit that I have to write write everything down important to keep thing straight.... I would be lost without my date book. Also lately I have noticed, we have call dispay on our phone, it tell us how many calls we have had, I will pass the phone it might say 2 callers, okay I answered those 2 calls and i look at the phone and I say to myself who called here??????? Dam if I can remember then I scroll down and I then say to myself .......omg i am an idiot tongue tongue tongue !!!!!
              I hope the fog will someday clear before I walk into a wall and suffer a real brain injury smhair  .               
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   Posted 10/31/2009 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
My house is full of fog right now, I can barely see. It's Halloween so my husband has the fog machine going outside and he forgot to shut the door. Between fibro fog and this fog, I probably will walk into a wall!

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   Posted 10/31/2009 10:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome  *CK* 1.  I thought I had Alzheimer's.  I never heard of the 'fog'.  My family always laughed because I couldn't remember stuff.  When I started reading this forum I was relieved.  I now know that my lapses are due to fibro fog.  You will find this forum wonderful.  So many caring people.
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   Posted 10/31/2009 11:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi CK and Welcome!!

I hope you enjoy this family you joined up with. And yes, your descriptions of the 'fog' all are way too familiar to me. It's discouraging to be reading a sentence and before you are 1/2 way through you have no idea what the words at the first of the sentence were. I have trouble putting together sentences of a paragraph into the whole idea it's trying to convey sometimes. I surely can see why puppylover felt like she had Alzheimers!

But you have already found the secret...learn what tricks help you remember. For some talking out loud helps. If I am going to the other end of the house to get something, I literally take 2-3 steps and I have no idea why I'm headed that way. Sometimes I never can recall but often I eventually remember. But is I say it out loud from the minute I get the idea..."I'm going to the bedroom to get some socks"...."I'm going to the bedroom to get some sox"...By the time I get there not only do I remember but my family is reassured that I truly am over the edge...lol!!

One comment you made I think is the answer to the problem with your daughter. You said "I haven't explained Fibro Fog to them yet" There's the problem right there. How can she know that you were really listening when all she knows is you haven't a clue what she said? Sit them both down and explain. Show them some literature, copy some posts from the forum here. We talk about this a lot. I mean all of us here have done things like put the milk in the cupboard by the cereal and the box of Rice Crispies in the fridge! I have found my keys in with the dinner plates! But if you don't tell them, and soon, they will not only wonder if you are just not listening, they will begin to think something more than fibro fog is wrong and will worry for no reason. Is it time???

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   Posted 11/1/2009 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome CK, You are among some foggers here! We like sharing our fog tales.

Chutzie was right about letting your daughter know about the fog, it will help her understand.

Sometimes I look at the fog as comic relief, it does make me laugh alot. Last week I
tried using my library card as my credit card and couldn't understand why it wasn't
working. After a few swipes the store clerk noticed it wasn't a credit card. This was not the
first occasion that I tried using that library card when shopping.


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   Posted 11/1/2009 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Last nigth we were watching a movie, and I kept referring to the female star as Haris Pilton. I called her that like 5-6 times, I couldn't get it out right.
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   Posted 11/1/2009 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   

I have two daughters and I'm always calling one by the other one's name.  It's gotten to be a joke around here.  Friday I ran to the store for a loaf of rye bread before breakfast.  I had a real taste for it and wanted it with my eggs.  I came home with four ears of corn, salad, garbage bags, and peanut butter.   I certainly thought I could remember one item.  shakehead

There is a wonderful book that came out in the 70's called The Memory Book by Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas.  I googled it and it is still being sold.  Anyway, there are some good techniques in that book to help you remember things.  I can't find my copy so I think I'll order the book and reread it.  It really did help!  You make up games or rhymes or visualize things to help you remember.  I know it helped me a lot.


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   Posted 11/1/2009 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   

Robin...is Mercury retrograde?  I tried to use my library card last week to pay for groceries.  The cashier was not amused that I had to run to the car for my purse.  Oh well...they are both red with a black stripe.  Not my fault...LOL!



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   Posted 11/1/2009 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Donna, how scary is that, that we both think library cards are credit cards. You know
what they say..... Great minds think alike. My library card is blue though.

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   Posted 11/1/2009 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you for your post and welcome to the forum. I say thank you for the post because I read it to my husband. He gets so frustrated with me not remembering things we just talked about And alzheimers? I was convinced I had that too, still questioning sometimes.

It is so comforting to hear that others go through the same things that I go through. I feel much better after reading this forum. I hope it does that for you too, CK. Please post often.

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   Posted 11/1/2009 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Well since we were talking about fog and plastic cards I have a  question.  Today I was going to Lowe's for some stuff and I always make sure I have my credit card and drivers license in a place in my purse where I can easily find them at the check out.  In my wallet there is a plastic card with my husband's and my name on it, some kind of account number and the card is a picture of some political candidates from 2004!  I  have no idea where this came from!  I haven't asked DH yet.  I'm sure he gave it to me at some time but I swear I haven't seen it in my wallet before. smhair FOG FOG FOG
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