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50 Shades of Brain Fog, Part One

Hello Spoonies!

Because I have Lyme, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, allergies, and chemical sensitivities, brain fog is one of my worst symptoms. Really awful. Er, what was I talking about?

Oh yes, brain fog.  I think I definitely have more than “fifty shades.” Anyway, here are some examples of my brain fog …

Brain Fog Shade 1 – The Endless Meds Cycle

Woman with brain fog cannot remember if she took her pills

Brain Fog Shade 2 – Lost in Plain Sight

Woman with brain fog thinks she lost her exercise ball but she is sitting on it

Brain Fog Shade 3 – Understanding Directions

Woman asks directions and her brain explodes with brain fog

Do you have any brain-foggy moments you want to share? Maybe I can make a cartoon from them (no guarantees as I am too brain-fogged.)  😜

Until next time, I wish everyone many low-symptom, low-fog days.

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Hi! I'm Vicki. My blog is called "Miss Diagnoses" because I have too many diagnoses and because my Lyme disease was misdiagnosed for many years. In addition to being a professional patient, I'm a compulsive reader and doodler. Sadly, my writing and drawing are limited by repetitive strain injury and neuropathy. I use assistive technology, but I can't post as often as I'd like. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and I have two short cartoon videos on YouTube. Twitter and Instagram: @miss_diagnoses Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube: @MissDiagnoses

20 thoughts on “50 Shades of Brain Fog, Part One

  1. In truth, they all apply to me, but I think picture #2 applies the most. I tend to loose things and then be unable to find them again. And they never turn up, despite people saying they’ll turn up. I can’t track what all I’ve lost!

    For me, another one would be writing something down and then looking at it later not understanding what I’ve written down.

    This was so funny! Thank you for this!

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  2. Tecognise faces but do not remember who they are or where I know them from. Or forget where I put something safely away. Did I let the dog out already or gave his food? Start more things and do not finish. And so on….

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  3. Hahaha at least somebody understands 🙂 nice cartoons!
    You could make make a cartoon about the attempt to put everything in the bag for a working day: the items are in my head and even on a list but I forget the list hahaha and in my head are too many things and then arriving there I realize I forgot my glasses, my food or something else hahaha I try to take it easy

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  4. This is an awesome site and blog and SOOO in point and 100% true! I am a migraine, IBS, FAPS, gastroparesis, POTS, hypothyroid, anxiety disorder, possibly ‘special’ kind of bi-polar (have no clue WTF that means), depressed, ‘adjustment disorder’, hypochondriac who turned put to REALLY have Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Fibromyalgia. A 100 doctors over a decade , thousands of wasted dollars on svan and scopes when all I needed was the right bloodwork and antibiotics! I’d still be a CPA and a good Wife and good Mom if I had been diagnosed promptly and told to rest, not exercise or ‘train my brain’ to not be in pain or stressed or whatever BS. Thank you for this! It’s awesome! My whole illness it never occurred to me to video myself or to do a blog. I am a visual artist at heart, was never good at writing and too self conscious to video myself. But I am SOOO grateful for all those who have these talents. Hopefully if I can keep recovering and not lose my insurance that’s covering my antibiotics and anti-virals (I am still not wuite to a year of correct diagnosis and treatment, most of which isn’t covered by insurance but finally git the antibiotics And antivirals covered (which just those two would be $5000 a month if I hadn’t met my deductible and got them approved- scared of what happens 1/1/18 when insurance changes- they play very dirty legislatively in TN to push the chronically ill snd/or poor out of the system. Your blog is so awesome! And is SO on point to everything I have experienced over the last decade. Thank you so mych! Sending lots if love and spoons from Chattanooga TN!! Maybe someday I will revover enough cognitive abilities to read and write again and have my own blog/website. You are inspiring!

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  5. Oh my God, Laura, this is the nicest comment ever! Comments like this are the reason I blog!! You have totally made my day and also my week! I am so sorry for everything you have been through on this stupid medical merry-go-round! I send you lots of love, hugs, and spoons!! I’m glad you are recovering and I really hope you get to keep your insurance!! Ugh, insurance companies are the worst!!! Evil! I understand about not wanting to make a video… I am shy about that also and I don’t think I could handle the technology. I used the free WordPress for this site — it is easy for most people but I’m so tech-impaired I had to have a lot of help! If you want to start a website and have any questions, always feel free to ask me, although I might not know the answer LOL. Anyway thanks again and hugs to you!! 💚💚💚


  6. I look forward to your posts. Humour is a necessary requirement when you are living with chronic pain or illness. I recognised myself in each of these cartoons! That hospital one is priceless. I have been there, listening to directions and my brain is just swirling. I walk away and get lost lol.

    Thanks for giving me a wee chuckle!

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    1. Thank you so much Elizabeth! I looked at yours and I am the same age and I also feel like I am 80! I’m happy I could give you a laugh to cope with all this crap we go through! 💚

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