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Penny

Brain Fog Follies

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Ever have one of those days when You wake up, climb out of bed, brush your teeth, get dressed and head out with a smile only to discover in the car that you forgot to comb your hair and it is a distinct possibility that you left your glasses in the house because the world is blurry?

 

Ever make a dish for your family, something you make all the time, then watch in horror as they make strange faces at the first bite and all of a sudden it hits you that you forgot to put in a main ingredient?

 

I remember one holiday, my mother made her usual pies but forgot to add salt to the pie crust for one chocolate cream pie, so she figured that she could just sprinkle the pie crust with salt and press it in before baking it then fill as usual... and we all had salty chocolate cream pie!

 

Just a week or so ago at the ER as I was getting ready to check out I was asked to sign the release form and sat there making little circles because I could not remember how to sign my name! :emoticon-bang-head: I ended up making a scribble and claiming it as my name and leaving.

 

Just yesterday I went to the store for ground turkey, all I needed was ground turkey. I got to the store... and... forgot what I was there for. So, I wandered the isles for a while and left empty handed and we ended up having soup instead for dinner with my hubby mourning the fact that there was no meat loaf.

 

Well, one good thing about these fogs is that now, when we go on our trips I get to see all new scenery all the time. We go the same route every trip, but I forget where I am and do not recognize anything so often that every trip is an adventure.

 

I would go on, but I just realized that I left my clothes in the dryer last night and I have to decide if I am going to wash them again or attempt ironing... I hate ironing and it is often just too much effort so I think I will go wash them again.

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Okay, I just got really excited about your post Penny. You sound like me, and I thought I was just going crazy or something. At 42, I thought I was too young to be senile. I get lost all the time driving the same route ive driven for years. It began with one night leaving work, I couldn't remember how to get home drove for 15 minutes until I recognize something and found my way. Then another time I stopped to get gas and when finished I couldn't remember how to start my car. Then not too long ago I got lost going to work. I find that now its alot easier to have my sister take me places when she can because it is starting to freak me out. My sister also has to make a list for me of things I need to do because I can't remember to do it myself. So now my only question is what is causing the brain fog. But Iam relieved to find out I'm not losing my mind, just my memory. :thank-you:

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I know what you're saying here. The old brain fog. I find mine is worst when I've got myself cold on the way to the supermarket and it feels like my brain is having a Raynaud's attack and I can think what on earth I'm doing in there. :unsure: I walk through the aisles hoping inspiration will rain down upon me. Lists. Lists are great, aren't they. A necessity.


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Sheryl, You really pin-pointed my problem!! I always make lists and 9 out of 10 times I leave the list at home!!!

 

Sherion

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Sherion I sometimes leave my lists in the car. I can then go back and get them. Sometimes a list is deep in my pocket and I don't feel it so I assume that I left it at home. I usually get to the register and reach for my wallet and check my pockets for change and come across my list. If I have forgotten something the person who bags my groceries is kind enough to go get what I deem I can't do without. Sometimes even the cashier will go for me if they happened to see I have been in pain, or limping. A few of my favorite cashiers are grateful to get to leave the register to run and errand for me. We all seem to manage don't we?


Strength and Warmth,

Sheryl

 

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Sheryl, You're lucky to have cashiers and baggers willing to take that extra step! I seem to only get the ones with the snarl built into their faces! I'm sure if I asked for something extra they would probably crack in half!!!

 

Sherion

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What's with the brain fog!! I couldn't remember my user name and password to get on chat last night!!! So I had it reset! What an evening...I really wanted to be here...life is so funny sometimes...Just have to laugh! I hate it when I go to call someone, and then they take a long time to answer, and I can't remember what I called them for? It's been really bad lately..wonder if it goes in cycles with the disease, when the disease is acting bad, the brain fog is bad? Seems like it.. My 22 yr old daughter always says, Mom I told you that the other day..I know I told you...why can't you remember...lol I'm only 42..oh!!! HUGS TO ALL!

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Hello All

 

I forget the name of things and today forgot why I'd got up and left one room to go into another, never did remember! Oh well!


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Sherion, I guess living out in the country can be good at time. Everyone knows everyone quite quickly or they find out quickly who's new in the area and take the time to get to know you. With in months of moving here I was part of a big family. Cashiers here even ask me if I might need something else and they would be glad to go and get it for me. They ask me all the time I think they were taught to ask these questions to there regulars. Usually there is something I would like to have but, I don't want to get out of line and get it. So, I do without unless someone asks if they can fetch something for me

 

Sorry SusieQ you weren't able to get into the chat room. We saw someone trying to get it. As soon as they tried to enter we figured there system just crashed. Hopefully, we will see you this Sunday night.


Strength and Warmth,

Sheryl

 

Sheryl Doom

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hi everyone

My brain fog is getting worse. I cannot find the most simple of words when Im in the middle of speaking. Its got so bad that I find Im becoming a bit withdrawn and unwilling to talk much in case people gets impatient with me for not finishing my sentences.

 

I was always considered to be so mentally agile, but now Im often apologising for asking a question Id just asked a moment before. :(

 

Deb

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Deb, that's a symptom I don't think I'd ignore. It can be caused by a lot of other things besides scleroderma and some of them are quite serious. (Boy, that came out a bit goofy~) It would be worth your while to have it checked out, especially if it is causing you to withdraw.

 

Big warm hugs,


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