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What's the FOG?

Oct 17, 2015 9:01 AM

Using the wrong words, or not remembering what you were about to say? It's no longer the "it's on the top of my tongue" moments. This is down right digging through the brain but you can't find it because it's all muddled up like trash! It's putting things in the wrong place, then not remembering you did it so you accuse someone else. If I am doing multiple things at once, say in the kitchen cooking, I have put the knife in the trash and the paper napkin in the sink, or the wrong lid on the wrong container. I have got lost a couple of time, driven to the wrong appt, and forgot my meds. I also forget recipes I use to know by heart, and the names of my grandkids and brides and nephews.

My pcp wrote in my chart, "patient has become dependent on apps to keep up with her daily life." I have a grocery list app, dose cast app for meds (it counts down so I know when a refill is needed), notes app, and my calendar.

I've had the fog since 2009 where I noticed I was forgetting work processes I did five days a week. It's got worse but when a local neuro-psychologist diagnosed dementia, I started doing word puzzles and Sudoku, any game that helped me think & solve.

Mayo did a neuro-psychologist test a few weeks back and the results said, other than a few areas I struggled with, I did exceptionally well and they dismissed another doc's diagnosis of dementia. Well of course I did exceptionally well! It was the third time I'd taken the same exact test; one for local Neuro-psychologist, one for SSD neuro-psychologist, and then Mayo's. I was use to it, so I wasn't nervous, I had already realize they give the same questions multiple times, reworded of course to tell you up, and I had already solved the puzzles so often that I only missed one. I did better and I responded faster. And I've been training my brain, or at least trying. But that doesn't mean I have nothing malfunctioning in my brain.

The fog did't start with a blind side on me. It was little things at first, and grew worse over the first 1-2 years. Now some days I get up and do something, like open the curtains on the way to the bathroom, only to shut them when I came out! Lol 😰 It's called my discombobulated days!

What's your fog? 🙏🌼

Oct 17, 2015 9:06 AM

Sometimes when I go to the bathroom, I get up, close the lid and flush. While I'm washing my hands, I finish and dry them only to forget if I flushed or not and have to open the lid to check and wash my hands all over again!! LOL!! Now if that's not fog, I don't know what is!! 🙏🏻🌻

Oct 17, 2015 7:43 PM

Oh I got that fog! 46 and feel like I have alzhiemers, which I shouldn't joke about both my grandma's did. The countless times in a day I say where is.... or the times my 10 year old finishes my sentences. I am going to have to find that grocery list app because I have a list here somewhere and either can't find it or leave without it. And in the store when they ask if I have my own bags I always reply yes in the car. I finally had to put my medications on auto refill after realizing I hadn't taken one of them for well who knows how long. I never take an appointment card it has to be entered in my calendar right then and there which frustrates or irritates, I am not sure which, the lady at the front desk. I also have when I need to get my son up for school, when he needs to get ready to walk to the bus stop, and one for 15 minutes before the bus arrives. And how do I remember that because the alarm is called bus arrives at 2:35pm. I could go on all day. Then the OLD tendencies which my therapist said is not actual old but anxiety driven ocd. So then I worry about being late and organize everything lose track of time and then I am late. Such a vicious nasty circle.

Oct 17, 2015 7:44 PM

Ocd not OLD thanks autocorrect

Oct 17, 2015 9:47 PM

Yes that's true Shammagren. I teased AlwayZ about the toilet seat & ocd, but in reality my hubby swears I have it! Lol And my dad and grandmother have/had Alzheimer's, so i know that dreaded fear feeling. 🙏🌼

Oct 17, 2015 10:38 PM

I often forget what I'm doing as I'm doing it. Example I will get up to adjust thermostat, which is right in front room near my bedroom, and I will forgot why I got up halfway there. I have alarms on my calendar for appts, daily activities (like time to cook dinner, etc), and at work I make alrams for my students work. I feel all outta sorts, like I'm losing it.

Oct 17, 2015 11:14 PM

Flappy thanks for mentioning the shopping list app. I just downloaded one with voice input.
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Oct 17, 2015 11:20 PM

I have this so badly!! And I'm only 18. Its like the pain in my bodt takes over my memories!!

Oct 17, 2015 11:43 PM

I have started having more than I used to do. I will be talking about something and just go blank,or forget appts. My Mother had Dementia due to Strokes,she had 2 sisters, and 1 brother who had Alzheimer. I will be doing something get distracted and may or not go back to finish.I have found that day's where I am really stressed ,tired,in more pain that it's worse

Oct 18, 2015 10:51 AM

I think if we don't joke and laugh about it, we will only get more worried me upset and end up in more pain and stress over something we have no control over. I think a good laugh is always the best. My left shoulder hangs down so far because of the bones being gone and if it goes much further, I'll be dragging my knuckles on the ground like a gorilla... LOL!!! 😜 Sometimes things hurt so badly I think I'm going to be walking, look back and find a trail of broken parts behind me.. I'm telling you.. Walmart and Target could make a fortune carrying replacement parts!! ❤️

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