Illustration by Cynthia Ratcliffe
From: "Laura Jean Owusu"
Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2003
Subject: My Story
I am 29 and have had fibro for 10+ years. Just had an MRI & EEG and feeling pretty depressed. I have been told I have fibrofog, so I decided to find out what I could on the Internet. Luckily I found your site and laughed so hard. My daughter is 3 and she goes through a list each day before we leave to make sure I have not forgotten anything. I am glad I am not the only one.
My favorite story happened while going on a trip. When asked which way to turn, I quickly responded, "Yellow, OF COURSE".
Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2003
Subject: fibro follies
Great site I'm still laughing so hard I'm crying. Here's my funny.
Got a new truck. Got invited to a party. Parked. Came out after party. Friends wanted to see new truck. Kept trying and trying key almost bent kept trying. People walked past. I turned to look at the people beside me. See my truck and die of embarrasment telling my friends, oh my truck is over here. Worst part, one truck ford, other dodge. Imagine explaining that after I finially quit laughing. :0)
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2003
I got up one night to use the rest room and instead of going to the bedroom door, I got stuck in my closet and woke my husband, who got me going where I had wanted to be. My son and husband and I laugh about it. I now sleep on the side away from the closet.
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2003
Subject: Fibro Folly For You
I had just got home from the grocery store and was holding a package of ham when a neighbor came to the door. As I went to the door, I noticed my webtv keyboard was not in its' usual place. I grabbed it and put it away and answered the door. Just then the phone rang, which I answered. When I got off the phone, I was asked by my neighbor if I wanted to come over for lunch. I expained that I would after I put the grocery items away that belonged in the refrigerator. I opened the refrigerator to find my keyboard. Amazed I looked where the keyboard should have be - there was the package of ham!
Dazed and confused, Carina
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2003
I put the ice cubes in the bathtub--big white thing you put stuff in.
Works for me.
From: "Janet Prendergast"
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2003
Subject: Fibro Fog
I just found this site and I have been reading all the stories. I have a few that only fellow sufferers will understand.
My mother-in-law does not have an automatic ice maker on her refrig., so she uses ice trays. Last time I was there I filled the tray up and put it in the microwave.
Put my glasses on getting out of bed and got into the shower with them on.
Tried to rub my eye and forgot the glasses were on ...
I had to drive my daughter and a friend somewhere and I passed her street. My daughter pointed out my mistake so I turned around ...and passed it again!
Picked up the phone to call someone and forget who I was going to call.
When I lose my car in the parking lot, but have a general idea where it is, I hit the panic button and the horn blasts and lights flash!
Then of course there are the tongue twisters where you are talking and all of a sudden words that make no sense come out of your mouth!
I ask things more than once cos I forget the answer as soon as I am told.
I forget when I tell people things.
I forget how to spell my own name.
I have forgotten I took my meds and then taken them again - note I put them in those pill holders with the days of the week on them.
The winner is: watching TV one night I had to go to the bathroom. We have a bathroom right outside the family room with the kitchen just past that. I got up and marched right past the bathroom, into the kitchen and got myself a soda. Marched right past the bathroom again and sat down. Then I realized I STILL had to go to the bathroom.
Thank God I gave up smoking!!!
Well I am enjoying this site and I'd love to see more stories. I laughed so hard I was crying. Now my 13 y/o daughter really thinks I am nuts!
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2003
Subject: FIBROFOG FOLLIES
When I drive my car I always use bright yellow "post-it" stickers to stick on my dashboard. I write on these stickers where I'm driving to. The friends and family now know these stickers as FMS stickers!
One day when I was going to visit several friends I had three yellow "fms" stickers on my dashboard and off I drove, until I noticed that the stickers had dropped off the dashboard and fallen on the floor. I could have cried as I knew I had just visited one friend but couldn't remember which one! Nothing else for it but to visit the three again, and as I arrived at each friends door I was greeted with "Have you forgotten something?" Yes, I'd had visited each one of my friends already, days later when the fog lifted a little I actually remembered taking the stickers from off the dashboard and putting them onto the passenger seat I can only imagine that they had blown onto the floor because I had the car window open!
From: "GLORY B"
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2003
Subject: FIBRO FOG
I POURED MY MILK INTO A GLASS, NOT OUT OF NORMAL, BUT WHEN I POURED MY ORANGE JUICE ON MY CEREAL, I STARTED ALL OVER AGAIN . . .
IF I GO TO PUT SOMETHING WHERE I WON'T FORGET WHERE IT IS . . . I STOP RIGHT THERE AND LEAVE IT IN PLAIN SIGHT. I NOW HAVE A PILE ON MY DINING ROOM TABLE TWO FEET HIGH.
I HAD TOO MANY REMOTE CONTROLS TO DEAL WITH SO IN THE FALL I PUT THE ONE FOR THE CEILING FAN IN A GOOD PLACE - FACING THE FAN. IT'S BEEN FIVE YEARS AND I HAVEN'T FOUND IT YET. FAN WON'T WORK WITHOUT IT.
I'M GOING TO HAVE A SCAVENGER HUNT ON A RAINY DAY AND INVITE MY FRIENDS OVER, IF I CAN REMEMBER THEIR NAMES.
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2003
Subject: me too
These tales all hit so close to home for me. Went to work with the portable phone, instead of the cell phone just the other day. Often find I have no idea where I am or where I was going, which is too bad since I've lived here for 25 years ! And of course, my family all think their names are the same: LenoraErinJordanMark - that's what I call them now - saves trying to figure out to whom I'm actually speaking !
From: "Elizabeth Enzinna"
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2003
Subject: my own "fog" story
After reading all the stories online, I could really relate to most of them. My mother has many moments where she is "in the fog" as we call it. For instance, she once tried to convince us that if we put water in the fridge, it would boil. It took her quite a long time to figure out what she was saying. She also called me once 4 times in a row and told me the exact same story. (The calls were all within a matter of minutes) She is constantly mixing up words and confusing everyone but herself and it was nice to see that many other people share these funny moments as well!
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003
Subject: fibro folly
I love reading the stories on this site, always makes me feel normal.
How about going to the store for light bulbs and getting five packs of the wrong size bulbs. Went to exchange them the next day only to get home and find I got five packs of the same size I returned. Next day returned to store and got the right size this time but only three packs, two were still the wrong size. Hubby returned them for me the next day, I couldn't go back a forth time.
My family has had quite a laugh with my fog some days, Mom always forgets. My daughter has turned to writing everything down for me. "Mom I'm at Westley's house," a friend she has had for years now and my only thought is, who is Westley?
Another HABIT I've gotten into is going out to store or anywhere and leaving the keys in the ignition, car running, and locking the door. I've had to call for help several times but can't learn my lesson, still do it, I now have a spare car key taped to my insulin pump which never leaves my side.
But Alice had gotten into the way of expecting nothing but out of the way things to happen, that it seemed quite dull and strange for life to go on in the ordinary way.
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2003
I was drinking soda and forgot how much of it is in the can. Well, when I'm not looking, I take a big sip and then realize half of my drink is spilling out of the can and going down my shirt. I don't know if it's considered fibro fog or just plain blindness. lolz
* NiCoLe *
From: "Joy Williams"
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003
Subject: great stories
Have lost my glasses so many times, I have to have several pair. I have found them weeks or months later in a pocket or drawer or shelf. I automatically feel the top of my head and pat myself down every time I can't find them. I also leave half-full cups of coffee everywhere. I have flooded our kitchen, more than once, and flooded our horse pasture several times, because I forget I am filling something. Luckily, we have a good well!
Even if I remember putting my keys in my purse, I look again. I've been at this a while now. I've forgotten more meetings and appointments than I want to think about. Recently, while on vacation, I relayed to my son, who was pet sitting, that he read my list of things to do. I insisted the Advil for our dog was on the table, or maybe in the medicine cabinet. He found it in the fridge. Also, everytime I go to the dentist, I first drive myself to work absentmindedly, then have to turn around and go to the dentist. I must like work better than the dentist. Unfortunately that excuse only worked once. Sometimes I forget how long it takes to get to a certain place, that excuse for lateness doesn't work at all.
Joy, aka Jake
From: Sharon K Kingrey
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2003
Lost the TV remote & kept pushing the button used to locate the phone, & got really upset that the stupid thing wouldn't beep so I could find it.
Took off my earrings & went to pop a couple of Ibuprofen. Threw the earrings in & ALMOST swallowed them. Try to explain that X-ray to your Dr.
From: "Krista Taylor"
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2003
Subject: FIBRO FOG STORY
I've had fibro for at least 10 years & during that time I've done some pretty silly things :) I work as a nurse & apparently my fibro fog is worse in the afternoon because one of my fellow nurses told me I wasn't worth a d*** after lunch. One particular afternoon I was charting & was getting drowsy at the time. Later my friend went to chart something on the same patient & she started laughing when she read my note. I asked her what was so funny, & she handed me the chart & in the patient's nurses notes I had written, "my grandmother is neat." It's hard to tell over the years what other silly things I've charted that no one has noticed. Sometimes I don't know what weird thing I'll write or say next.
LOL, I enjoy other peoples stories, it feels good to know I'm not alone in this.
From: Retta Johnson
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2003
Subject: Fibro Fog and cars...
. . . Must be related. Left work one afternoon, walked across the street to my parking lot. I started searching for my car. My heart is in my throat by now, can't find the bloomin' car anywhere. No, hubby didn't come by and change cars with me... I must have looked really panicked, a co-worker stops and asks if anything is wrong. I state I can't find my car. And she says "well, isn't this your car?" It's the one I am standing beside. I mumbled that it didn't look like my car, got in as quickly as I could and left.
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2003
Subject: fibro fog
I bought some cheese when I went to the store the other day. My kids eat cheese on everything. They were panicking because they thought I forgot it. I knew I did. My son found it a week later in the cabinet. I amaze myself. lol.
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2003
Subject: my stories
I went shopping with a girlfriend of mine and before we got there I was talking about getting a new outfit for the office. When we were inside shopping, the lady working there came over and asked me if I needed any help finding anything. I said yes, that I was looking for a new "scoot", meaning skirt. I was so embarrassed! It is a joke now between my friend and I. So now when I am having periods of fogginess my name is scooter.
Another fog moment happened at work. It was close to lunch, and I was thinking about what I wanted for lunch. Well, pizza sounded appetizing, and I started thinking about what kind I would want. Well, the phone rang and instead of answering with my business name and department I said Pizza Hut. After realizing what I said, I apologized and just laughed it off.
Kristin Houston, Texas
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