Many autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis, come with a heaping helping of brain fog. It’s also been called clouding of consciousness, mild cognitive dysfunction, or my personal fave – cognitive fog, or cog fog. The word “mild” as a description of this mess is a little offensive. I’m guessing they haven’t poured a pot of boiling water and pasta on a plate and their foot instead of a nice safe colander in the sink.
Googling brain fog gave me a definition that stated that it is “a non medically recognized term, but commonly used phrase that sums up feelings of confusion, forgetfulness, and lack of focus and mental clarity.” Google goes on to say that brain fog is fairly common, but not normal.
Geez, Google. Hurt my feelings much? I know I’m not normal, no shocker there, but that is such a basic description of the fogginess. I’ve yet to find a medical staffer that doesn’t know what cog fog is, and it neglects to mention the serious side ( see above mentioned pasta incident – ouch ) or that the fog can even be funny. Downright hysterical even.
We should always try to see the funny side of things. I know that if I don’t laugh, I’m going to cry. No sense dwelling on the bad stuff life insists on dishing out.
Here are some funny examples of my brain fog.
I lost my keys and walked around at least ten minutes looking for them. I asked everyone if they had seen them while shaking them in my hands and calling them the opener thingies.
I started boiling a pot of cereal instead of pasta. I don’t live alone, and no longer cook without supervision.
I threw my dirty laundry in the toilet instead of the washing machine.
I called a popular local hamburger chain to order a pizza. More than once, in an attempt to get a pizza. The manager was lovely, probably because it’s the same company I work for. Different location though. Yep, went almost three years without that coming out.
I got tired while out shopping with my mom and wanted to go sit in the car while she finished checking out. I got in the wrong car and sat down by some man I didn’t know. Scared the daylights out of him. We all got a good laugh and we are still friends. Nope, the car didn’t look at all like my mom’s.
Now, aren’t those funny? I think so, even if I didn’t at the time. Life is hard enough. It only gets harder if we take ourselves too seriously. Find the funny, even when it’s harder than it should be. Make every day a good day.
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Ellie is a 45-year-old woman living in South Carolina. She works as a cashier, but is always dreaming of more — she’s just not always sure of what “more” is. Her favorite hobbies are reading and reading book reviews. Within the first few minutes of meeting her, you’ll realize her nephews, niece, books and cats are her favorite things.
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