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Volume 4


From: Teri Brogdon
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2000
Subject: Cornflakes and Coffee

One day I woke up to a fibro fog morning. I made coffee and poured me a bowl of cornflakes. I then preceded to fill my coffee cup with milk and pour coffee on my cornflakes. Hey, they weren't half bad.

The next morning I decided to make the coffee first. Then I would pour the cornflakes in my bowl. (You know try to simplify things) This time I poured the coffee in the sugar bowl wasting a whole bowl of sugar. So much for simplifing things!

From: "Catherine Kaye" <>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000
Subject: Fun With Fibrofog!

I am blessed to have a family who not only understands my fog, but helps me see the humour in it. We have some good laughs over Mom's forgetfulness. It seems to be getting worse lately. I will be standing in my ensuite bathroom, I'll think of something I need in the bedroom, which is like, TWO INCHES away, get as far as the foot of the bed, and just stand there with a puzzled expression on my face. I have NO IDEA why I walked into the bedroom.

Last night, I decided to make a pot of herbal tea because I was freezing (just like every night). I picked up the kettle and then apparently put it down again. AN HOUR later, I realized I was still cold and was not drinking any tea. I said "Honey! Where did I put my tea?" He looked all over the house - no tea. I said "Did I forget to make it?" He went to the kitchen to investigate. He said, "You didn't make any tea!" I said, "Oh no, did I forget to plug in the kettle again?" By now he is giggling, "Sweetheart, you didn't even put water in the kettle! What did you think - the tea would just make itself?" He then made the tea and brought it to me. Keep me out of the kitchen. Much safer that way. ;-)

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

From: Kelly & Terry Maxwell <>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000
Subject: A Fibro Folly

This is a conversation between me and a cafeteria worker before I found out I had FMS:

Me: I'll have some cauliflower with that.
Him: We don't have that today.
Me: Yes you do.
Him: No we don't.
Me (exasperated): Yes you do!
Him (angry): No we don't!
Me (smart-alecky, pointing to the "cauliflower"): Well, what do you call that then?
Him: Broccoli

Boy was I embarrassed! I took the broccoli without further comment!

Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000
Subject: fog days

I have been recently dx with fibro and have had fog days. The other day my 6 year old daughter came to me to ask me if I wanted tea, I was having one of my bad days and was in bed, I told her put the hands on the clock. She said what. I repeated it. My 9 year old was looking at me, ok mom has gone off her rocker now. Why I said that, I have no idea but we all had a good laugh.

At least with the fog stories we all get a great laugh. Which we all need.


From: (Aunt B)
Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2000
Subject: Fibro Fog

My son (33) gets a large charge out of telling all his friends this one... We go to the video store...I pick out a movie..He says...we saw that 2 weeks ago...I say...did I like it...he seemed we rent it again....there are advantages to Fibro Fog....I can watch the same movie over and over. The same happens with TV reruns...seem somewhat familiar, but don't have a clue what happens next...great for this time of year...LOL

Bev Vokoun N.W. Ohio

From: "The Inman Family" <>
Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2000
Subject: Fibro Folley Stories

These stories are great because they made me laugh, which I needed. Although some of them made me want to cry! Here's one of my own, happened just this morning. As per usual, before leaving for work my husband walked over to me to give me a kiss good-bye. For one split second I could not figure out who this man (whom I've known since I was five years old) was and why was standing there in my face?! So I promptly offered my hand for a hand shake. My quick-witted husband took my hand, shook it firmly and said, "Please vote for me in 2000." Then gave me a quick smile and a peck on the cheek before leaving for work!

-Marilyn, Ash, North Carolina

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Date: March 8, 2000
Subj.: Fog dazes

Loved the stories, I see myself in almost every one. I used to be a police officer, worked almost 20 years. My life just sort of started falling apart and I didn't realize that it was FMS.

One morning was getting ready to go to work, I was wearing contacts, my eyes were dry and I grabbed my eye drops and put in a big squirt and it was the ear wax removal bottle, not my eye drops, I was shocked and then could not see out of that eye. I was covering one eye and trying to see through the tears to find my eye drops.

Another day during the winter, my lips were chapped and grabbed my chap stick and smeared on a gob. After about five minutes my lips started going numb. Went back into the bathroom and found I had used Neosporin Plus ointment instead of chap stick.

The other day went to the store, bought trash bags, now can not figure out where I put them I'm always putting things away, going back to get whatever and it's gone. I've got a dress I bought in 1990, put it away, and just found it two months ago. (Of course I can't wear it now, I was 120 lbs then.)

Many times I go to put something in the frig and end up putting it in the microwave or the other way around.

If I go into town (1 1/2 miles) I usually forget what I went in for. Or I get something, get home and didn't get what I went in for. I have went to check my mail box, got outside and forgot what I went outside for. If I'm going into town, usually have to make 2 or 3 trips back into the house before I every leave the driveway. (Forgot car keys, or purse or list.) Now I have notepads on my front door, dry erase calendar, and still cannot remember anything.

Martha, Sidney, Arkansas
Angels ^8^ ^8^ ^8^ ^8^

From: Jean Baker, Portland, Oregon
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2000
Subject: fibro-fog

While desperately seeking a reason for what seemed like my life gone berzerk, I had a job in a dept store near home. I got lost going to and from work, found my boss's mail on my dining room table. I had to leave notes for myself about how to run the cash register, and the last straw came when I got to work and discovered I had forgotten my underwear.

Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2000
Subject: Fibro Fog Story!

I think the one when I went for a dental appt! We have to have a current Medicade card. I looked at the card and realized I had the wrong card. So I had to make another Appt. When I got home I went to throw away my card and realized it was the RIGHT one!! Did I feel DUMB!

I love this page!

Best Ever, Elaine Schell!
I live in Mich and have had Fibro over 20 years!

Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2000



Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2000
Subject: fibro fog follies

Ok, I have one to add. I was driving the car in town, my 2 young children with me. We stopped for a traffic light which ,of course, was red. The bank's time and temperature were displayed just adjacent to he traffic light. When the time changed to the temperature reading I gassed it, running the still red traffic light! My kids still laugh at that one, especially when they tell of the tires screechng and horns from the other people blowing at me!

From: The Phantom Jazz Musician <>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2000
Subject: fibro story (ies)

I hate it when you can't find your car in a parking lot and when you think you've found it, you spend 15 minutes cursing the malfunctioning door lock...only to find it's not your car in the first place. I used a slim jim once, before realizing it wasn't my vehicle.
Morning coffee

Ever go to the local convenient mart before work to get a cup of java? (this works best when several people are watching you):

1) Get cup, pour coffee into cup.
2) Open two packets of Sweet and Low, empty contents of packets into garbage, drop empty packets into coffee.
3) Smile at other customers who've noticed what you've just done and leave.
4) Forget the cream, you're embarrassed enough. : )

From: (Nancy Guyer)
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2000
Subject: fibro fog

Recently, my microwave bit the dust, and was unfixable. I set it outside for heavy trash pick-up. A few days later I found microwave popcorn on sale, bought it, brought it home and put it in my panty. That was bad enough, but a few nights later, I decided to have popcorn. I got as far as opening the package and reaching to put it in the microwave beforer I remembered I no longer had a microwave!

From: Kelly & Terry Maxwell <>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2000
Subject: Fibrofog Story

This one could have been very expensive:

Coming back to Oregon after visiting my family in California, I was at the San Diego airport with my mom. I asked her to watch my bags while I threw away the soda I had been drinking. A couple of seconds later, she looks over to see me rooting through the trash. I had just realized that I had thrown my airline tickets away & kept my soda!

Luckily I found the tickets pretty quickly. It would have been awful not to realize it until I tried to check in and handed the ticket agent my drink!

Kelly Maxwell
Portland, OR

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