Brain Fog: That moment when you confuse people, places and things with apples, oranges and grapes. It could be something as simple as starting the coffee pot without the coffee in it or as crazy as forgetting what you are saying while you are saying it, not remembering why you went into a room with apparent purpose and gusto, or forgetting to rinse the shampoo out of your hair. Yes, I have done all of those things.
Once I had a huge brain fog moment. I fell asleep around 4:30 PM after I climbed into bed for a late nap and was awakened an hour and a half later at 6:00 PM because of a loud booming noise out my window. When I turned and looked at the clock, I didn’t see the “PM” part and thought it was morning and that I had slept through the night because I had been so tired.
I got up, took my morning meds (afterwards, I checked to make sure nothing bad would have happened because of doing that), got dressed, then drove myself to an appointment.
I remembered thinking how odd it was that morning rush hour traffic seemed super light but had not yet connected that to my time mixup. When I pulled into the parking lot for my appointment it was basically empty at that hour. I just shrugged it off as my imagination, got out of the van, went to the front door and of course it was locked.
It was then that I pulled out my phone thinking by chance I looked at the clock wrong, and sure enough I did. My appointment wasn’t until morning. I laughed so hard once I realized what had happened, texted a friend about my huge blunder and drove home with a smile on my face.
That was a first for me, to confuse time so badly without realizing something was wrong with my discernment. I’m sure you have some doozies as well. MS is sneaky and plays with our brains, muddling up thoughts, words and life itself.
Choose to laugh in those moments in order to ease the discomfort of doing something that others find silly, out of place, or wrong. It’s a whole lot better than crying.
I hope I made you smile today. I give all the credit to my wonky, mixed-up multiple sclerosis brain.