Cartoon of brain floating on a string between 2 balloons.

Illustration by Cynthia Ratcliffe

Volume 11

From: LittlMizzMuffet
Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2004
Subject: brain fog

I love this site! It's quite a relief to know that I'm not the only one who behaves in rather odd ways. heh!

One day my mother sent me out for her medication and cat food. I got her medication and toilet paper. And it wasn't until I got half-way home, that I realized I had forgotten the toilet paper, and went all the way back to get it. My mom still jokes about it to this day.

My boss sent me out to get his lunch. He wanted a hotdog with mustard, pickles and NO relish. I got a hotdog with mustard, relish and no pickles.

Since I'm pretty much the "go get it" girl at work, I have many of these stories, far too many to post here. This one was pretty funny, though. When at work, I usually go downstairs to smoke 20-50 times on an average. One day he sent me down to get a newspaper. I went down, had a smoke, and went back without the newspaper.

Then there's the time he wanted me to type our mailing address right on an envelope instead of on the labels that we usually use. I typed it on the label. He gave it back to me and I retyped it....again on the label.

And my favorite...I live in an apartment, and need a key to get into the laundry room. I decided that I didn't want to take my entire set of keys with me, so I took off the laundry key and threw the rest on my bed. It wasn't until I got back and was standing right in front of my door that I realized I needed the key to my apartment to get back in. The door locks from the inside.

From: K. T.
Date: Sun, 4 Apr 2004
Subject: fibro fogg follie

A week ago I was so happy as I was putting my husband's dinner on his plate, since I had not been able to cook due to pain for a few days. It was roast beef, a baked potato, and salad. I had just placed it in front of him when I heard my son laughing. Then I saw the sour cream on top of the piece of the roast beef, instead of on the potato. Opps!!

K. T

From: "renee_friddle"
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005
Subject: The follie site.

Reading this made me feel less of a freak of nature and even helped me to laugh at the things we do during Fibro Fog. So, I thought it wouldnt hurt to add my own.

This Thanksgiving past, I placed the Turkey in the dryer, and the clothes in the oven.

To date I have frozen toilet paper and lost meats by putting them in the bathroom pantry.

The scarey ones to me are when I took a casserole out of the oven without mitts, and stuck my hand in a garbage disposal while it was running.

Anyway, thank you for reminding me I am not alone.

From: Debbie Henrie
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005
Subject: fibro funny

Although not officially diagnosed as I am, this must certainly do it for my dad.

Dad was complaining to my sister that he had burned his lip on hot tea, as he had forgotten it was so hot. She told him to get some lip balm. A few days later, he called her saying his lips were so much worse, he could barely stand it. She went over to check it out and asked what he was using. He got the lip balm and showed it to her. It was a wart remover stick........

From: "jennifer"
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005
Subject: Fibro fog funny

I once had an old car that the driver’s side door would lock every time I closed it. I had locked my keys in it once and decided not to do it again. I put a hanger in the trunk in case that ever happened again. You think this sounds like a good idea huh? Fibro fog at it’s best. I did do it again at a gas station while it was running. I told the clerk it’s ok though I have a hanger in my trunk. It took me the walk all the way to the back of the car to realize you need keys to get in the trunk. Then I had to ask the clerk for a hanger. I felt 2 inches tall.

I was driving an old beat up car. Blue cutlass Ciera to be exact, there are like 5 million cars exactly that make model and color. Anyways, I go to the Secretary of the state to pay my $100 license plate renewal. The car probably isn’t worth that much, so I was not too happy about it. I had to take a number and wait about 2 hours before forking over the money. Then went out to the car and my key wouldn’t work. I was so upset I kicked it. Then I realized there was a pillow in the back seat that I had never seen before. After a few more kicks it finally clicked, that this was NOT my car. I was one row over. I got out of there as quickly as I could.

I had another story but I forgot.

Oh wait, just remembered. I have always been a daddy’s girl. I can change my own oil, mow my own yard, that kind of thing. I’ve always been real proud, and real stubborn. Well one time I was out of wiper fluid and filled the reservoir to the top. I then drove around for 2 days thinking the motor must have went out because I still wasn’t getting any wiper fluid. When I realized what I had done I was so embarrassed. I had poured a whole bottle of windshield wiper fluid in the coolant reservoir. Luckily for me we caught it in time, but I did have to let a few people in on it so they could help me flush out the radiator.

Jennifer Purl

From: Tony and Susan Garoutte
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2005
Subject: fibro fog moment

Adventures in fibro fog cooking--a recipe for baking soda tacos.

I make my own taco seasoning when preparing tacos--have done this for years. Besides the spices, I add corn starch and water to thicken it. The other night I couldn't figure out why my taco meat and sauce wasn't thickening, it just foamed and bubbled. It even smelled funny. Trying to figure out where I went wrong, I back-tracked my steps. Much to my dismay, I discoved I had added baking soda instead of the corn starch!

Thinking that I could still salvage the meal, I rinsed off the meat and proceeded to start again preparing the taco seasoning. Being very careful this time to use corn starch, I thought I'd finally got it right. This time the meat mixture thickened up, but it still had a strange smell to it. I even had my hubby smell it to make sure my nose wasn't playing tricks on me. He said it smelled spicy-sweet; not the usual taco seasoning smell.

I then proceeded to "sniff out" each spice that I had used to see if I could find the culprit. When I smelled my cumin spice, it had a strange spicy-sweet smell, not the usual "cumin" smell. I buy my spices in bulk from a health food store and thought that maybe it had somehow gone bad. Then the realization what I had done really hit me. All the spices at the store are in large jars in alphabetical order and naturally cinnamon is not that far from cumin. I must of grabbed the cinnamon when I thought I had the cumin. Cumin and cinnamon look very similar, but they don't taste good together!

As if to prove the point, tonight we had our favorite boxed mac-n-cheese, but the macaroni was dinasour shaped instead of the usual macaroni shape (I don't have any little kids living here). I had grabbed the wrong box! I even remember double checking the box at the store because there were so many different kinds to choose from!

Sue Garoutte

From: Joyce Morse
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006
Subject: Fibro Follies

Love the site. I think that I've about everything everyone else has done. I make lists to keep me organized & either forget where I put the list or forget to look at it. I will also dial a phone number & when the person at the other end picks up I'll ask "who is this and why are you calling?" Duh...

From: ""
Date: Sun, 9 Apr 2006
Subject: fibro follies

This site is the best medicine I could have ever gotten!! I have been laughing for over an hour. So much of me is here, and I do not feel so crazy any more!

One day, my ex-husband and I were spending the day in bed, watching tv, because I wasn't feeling good enough to get up and dressed, ( I also have lupus). We were watching a movie, and a commercial came on. My ex left the room to get something to eat, and on the commerical, the weather came on and said schools would be closed, we would have a lot of snow, and the childrens xmas vacations the coming week, would be snow-filled. My husband came back into the room, and I told him the forecast. We live in northen Ohio, and I was happy to see snow coming, because xmas vacation had just started for the children, and even though I no longer had small children, I did not forget the magic of a snow-filled xmas vacation. My ex looked at me and started to smile, then he said it was not going to snow. I argued with him, saying I just watched it on tv. He again smiled, walked to the window, and opened the curtains. It was beautiful outiside!! The sun was shining, trees were full of bloom, and flowers were growing!! I got up, walked to the window and looked out in amazement. I told my ex I didn't understand, I just heard it was going to snow on the news. Then, he said it was July, and we were watching a taped vcr movie, from the year before at xmas time!! He repeated this several times until it registered. I then saw the vcr running, popped the tape out, and laughed my head off. We still laugh at it to this day!!

I have another classic you may all enjoy!!

I had just moved into a home with my ex- husband, and wanted to make him his favorite dish. I put the chicken in the oven, cut up and covered with sauce the way he likes, and walked away. I checked on the chicken every 1/2 hour. After 4 hours, I figured it had to be done, and served it to him. I could not see the chicken because it was covered in sauce. He took a bite and told me the chicken was raw. I threw a fit saying I cooked the chicken for 4 hours like the book said so it was done. ( I had the cook book open to cook a roast!! ) I said if he didn't like what I cooked, he could eat out!! I then left the room, and went to bed, mad, and hurt, he didn't like the food. The next day, I was baking a cake, and when I went to check on it, I burned my hand on the outside of the oven door. The oven had seen better days, and was ending it's life!! At that point, with my hand under the sink, with cold water on it, I realized I had served my husband raw chicken that he ate out of fear of hurting my feelings, and I had to watch him all week , to make sure he didn't get sick!! It had never dawned on me the day before to realize the recipe I served my husband only took 20 minutes to cook, and 4 hours later, if it was still raw, the oven was not working!!! We laugh at that every time I serve chicken, and the chicken is checked for doneness, before it is eaten!!

From: "harrison and kim fenton"
Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2006
Subject: fibro fog

I was standing in the bathroom getting ready, had the toothbrush in my hand and forgot what to do next. Took me a min to realize that it was toothpaste I needed. On another day, I was filling out mountains of paperwork and forgot my own initials.

-kim in pa.

From: Tess Redel
Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2006
Subject: Fibro Fog Story

Wow, I'm so glad I found this website!!!! It has made me feel SO much better!

About a month before I was diagnosed with FMS, I went to see a movie with a friend of mine. The movie started, and I turned to my friend and said, "funny, they didn't show any trailers". She turned around and stared at me like I was a ghost or something. She then told me that not only did they play the trailers, but we had discussed one trailer in detail and decided that we would go see the movie when it came out. Of course, I had absolutely no memory of that conversation 30 seconds after it took place!

I thought I was getting Alzheimer's disease or something. Wow what a relief (in a way) to find out I wasn't "really" losing my mind!

Tess in Missouri

From: William Cozzens
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006
Subject: A Fibro Fog Story

I am a claims representative with the Social Security Administration. One day I was taking a retirement claim on a couple (they were both filing together). Anyhow, the lady had sent in both of their birth certificates in advance. So, before I started I set them out in front of me, and then I called her on the phone. When I got her one the phone I told her that I had received their birth certificates.

After starting the interview, I told her that I would need their birth certificates. She said, "You have them". I said, "That's right, sorry."

So, a little further along in the interview, I said now "just remember that before I can process the claim, we will need to get your birth certificates." The lady got real quiet and said, "You have them in front you, don't you??" I said, "Yes, I am so sorry."

So, going along further, I again said, "I need to get your birth certificates." She said, "Sir, you all ready have them", and I said, "I am soooo sorry. Yes, I have them right here."

Well, at the end of the interview, I told her I would be sending them their paper work, and that if they didn't have their birth certificates, that I could send them the information so they could order them. About this time the lady got real quiet and said, "Sir, I think you already have them." So, after 5 times of asking her, it finally hit my brain that I really didn't need them, since they were sitting right in front of me.

William Cozzens

From: Shirley Curry
Date: Fri, 4 May 2007
Subject: Fibro Follie

Today was a beautiful spring day so I walked from my apartment complex to a store which is about a mile away. On the way home a nice lady stopped to ask if I wanted a lift.

"That's alright," I said, "I am almost there," pointing in the direction of the complex. (I never ride with strangers.)

"That's alright," the nice lady responded. "I live there too. I'm your neighbor."

Keep the laughs coming.
Shirley Curry
Tiffin, OH

From: Rhonda USA
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2007
Subject: fibro follies

I have a couple of "fibro fog" stories for your website!

I work as a receptionist in a very prominent plastic surgeons office. There are five partners in the practice. One day, a patient wanted to pay for her surgery by credit card. She asked the doctor, while they were in the consult, what type of credit cards we took. He came out and asked me that question. I turned around a looked at him and what blurted out of my mouth turned my face beet red! I plainly stated, for all to hear, that we took vastercard, misa, and columbus express! He just stood there looking at me trying to comprehend what I had just said, with the strangest look on his face! I tried to repeat it trying to figure out why he was still looking at me instead of telling his patient what I told him. I proceeded to repeat it the exact same way! He started laughing and asked me if it was Christopher Columbus Express or American Express. I couldn't figure out why he said that until he explained what I had originally told him! I instantly turned red! That was before I was diagnosed with FMS. Now that I have that diagnosis and the doctors are aware of it, they try to make me say funny things when we're at lunch.

Another time, my dog got out of the backyard. His name is Buster. The whole time I was shouting for him, I kept hollaring my son's name. He kept yelling at me that he was right there beside me and why did I keep yelling his name. I told him that his name isn't Buster. He told me that I was calling his name instead of the dogs name. I told him I wasn't and proceeded to yell for my son! After I finally figured out what was going on, we both had a good laugh. Figure that out, I can remember my dogs name when talking to my son, but I could only remember my sons name when I was calling for my dog. Thank goodness there are people out there who understand what I'm going through!

From: Rachael Hayes
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2007
Subject: fibro fog story

Well, I have a fibro fog story for you. My son, who is almost 14, gets so frustrated with me sometimes. We have one of those online movie services where you order movies and they come in the mail. Well, he hates it when I add movies to the list because I frequently (yes, I do this a lot) will add movies to the list that I have apparently already seen. Frequently have seen them more than once, yet I do not remember! Even when he goes, "Mom, remember we watched this 3 times! Remember when so and so does such and such?" or "Remember we rewinded this one part 5 times because it was so funny?" What's sad is sometimes I go, "oh, yeah, now I remember", even when I don't to avoid getting that "god, you must be crazy look". Another problem I've experienced lately is when someone tries to remind me of something I said or did that I really don't have any recollection of. I go ask myself - would I have really said or done that? Sometimes it takes several people stating they witnessed or heard it for me to believe I did that. Even then, I still wonder where my mind is going! The memory lapses are getting more frequent!

Rachael (aka CodeBlueRN)

Fibrofog Follies Vol. 1
Fibrofog Follies Vol. 2
Fibrofog Follies Vol. 3
Fibrofog Follies Vol. 4
Fibrofog Follies Vol. 5
Fibrofog Follies Vol. 6
Fibrofog Follies Vol. 7
Fibrofog Follies Vol. 8
Fibrofog Follies Vol. 9
Fibrofog Follies Vol. 10

Got any "Fibro Folly" stories of your own? E-mail me at the address below!

Last upated 16-Oct-2007.

Web page design by Bill Jackson, 1998-2007.

Any comments? Send them to Bill Jackson at

Button pointing leftBack to Toon Page