brain-fog

Inspired by my post about the tale of the missing baffie that I published last week, I thought I would share some of the daft things that I have said or done thanks to brain fog. The dreaded fibro fog can be one of the most frustrating symptoms of fibromyalgia. It can make an intelligent person feel like an idiot. However, I think it’s important to be able to laugh at yourself. I provide many comedy moments these days! Here are 20 stupid things I have said or done thanks to brain fog, along with a few gifs thrown in… just because:


01/ That time I confused the wash basket with the toilet and threw my socks down the loo

02/ Answering the question, “what size battery is it?”, with “A4”

03/ I spent ages looking for my glasses that were sitting on top of my head… on more than one occasion!

04/ Forgetting what day of the week it is on a regular basis. In fact the first question I always ask my husband when I wake up is “what day is it?”

05/ I spent a whole day being pissed off that I had missed an appointment because I thought it was Thursday (when it was really only Monday)

06/ Finally I realised it was only Monday and then, thinking I was clever, set a reminder in my phone for said appointment so that I wouldn’t forget about it… I somehow managed to set the reminder for the wrong day and then actually missed the appointment I previously thought I had already missed. What a fanny!

07/ I almost asked the postman why he was delivering post on a Sunday (it was Saturday)- glad I kept my mouth shut… I did make a comment to someone else though and that’s how I realised it was Saturday, doh!

08/ Calling my husband the dog’s name

09/ Calling the dog my husband’s name

10/ Referring to either my husband or the dog by a Brangelina-esque name (combining both names), aka ‘Rosscar’

11/ Asking my husband to look for something only to realise 10 minutes later said something is right beside me (this is a regular occurrence)

12/ Loading the laundry into the washing machine and then forgetting to switch the machine on

13/ Putting a load of laundry on but forgetting about it for so long that I have to rewash the whole lot (the downside to integrated appliances!)

14/ Forgetting the names of people I really should not forget- so embarrassing!

15/ Saying “the jiff of it is” instead of “the gist of it is”… what the hell is a jiff?

16/ Wondering why my phone wasn’t charging only to realise I had switched on the wrong plug… but only coming to this realisation after at least 10 minutes of problem solving

17/ Not being able to remember, when asked, if there were roadworks on a particular road that I had travelled along just 20 minutes earlier (thankfully I was a passenger, not the driver but surely I should have remembered sitting for a while at traffic lights!!)

18/ Making up completely new words on a regular basis by muddling up words and mashing them together… I wish I could remember some of the crackers I’ve come up with to share with you

19/ Forgetting a friend’s birthday, whoops! In my defence I know their birthday… Time just escaped me somehow

20/ Saying Tokyo was in Japan and then immediately being struck with the thought that I was wrong and asking my friend where Tokyo was… seriously brain!? What is wrong with you? You were doing fine!

I am sure there are many, many more but thanks to brain fog I can’t remember them! Oh the irony. Can you relate? What silly things have you done?

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Hello, I'm Donna. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2013 and started this blog shortly after. After my health declined significantly the following year, I decided to become my own advocate and searched for answers. It took two years but, in 2016, I finally discovered I had Lyme Disease. On February Stars, I share my personal journey back to better health; discussing what has helped me and the mistakes I've made along the way. I also cover topics on self-improvement, managing symptoms and living life to the fullest with chronic illness.

41 Comments

  1. Oh, brain fog. Such a pickle. I say pickle or thingy a LOT. Like: I need to know if the thingy for thingy needs to go in the thingy. You gotta laugh. My husband can actually answer that sometimes, it’s a talent he has. Also, right before we were married we got into one of those not-very-serious disagreements in a housewares store and I got fed up (weddings are STRESSFUL) and yelled “I’m gonna lick your ass!” Loudly. For the record, I meant Kick….

    • Haha, yes it’s so amazing how in tune we become with our other halves isn’t it? That is so hilarious! I imagine the two of you must have ended up in a fit of laughter; one way to clear the air anyway 😀

  2. Meg Siobhan Reply

    I can relate to so much of this! I can’t remember for the life of me what I said recently, but I messed it up SO bad, I was in stitches from laughing so much.

    • It’s great that you are able to laugh at yourself Meg. Sometimes the things we say or do are simply hilarious! 🙂

  3. jessicacrafts Reply

    I can totally relate! I’m always asking what day it is. Sometimes multiple times in one conversation because my brain totally wasnt listening to the answer the first few times! Another one I have quite a lot is freaking out that ive lost my phone because its not where it should be while im on the phone.oops. I’ve also nearly thrown my plate across the room rather than the cushion i had in the other hand. you just have to laugh at brain fog sometimes.

    • I’m glad it’s not just me who can never remember what day it is. I only ask at least once per day. I don’t know how I get so confused over this! Haha, I have also done the phone thing. So funny! Phew, that could have been messy if you didn’t realise in time. I agree, I think you just have to roll with it and laugh when you can.

  4. Haha this is great and sounds so like me. I always tell my bf to ‘close the window doors’ because that comes to me quicker than ‘curtains’ do lol.

    Sarah x

    • Haha that’s so funny! I could totally see me coming out with something like that too. Brilliant 🙂

  5. This made me smile so much Donna! I do so many of these things, calling my cats mum instead of their names, getting my days all mixed up and asking about 10 times a day “what day is it?”, making up new words by mistake the list goes on! Luckily mostly I laugh at what I come out with, there’s no other way to deal with it!
    Emma Xx

    http://www.emmaslookingglass.com

    • Glad this post made you smile Emma and it’s great you’re able to laugh at yourself 🙂

  6. Heather Murphy Reply

    I know the feeling! I work in a call centre and I end up making new words or stuttering all the time! It makes me sound like I don’t know what I’m doing. It’s so frustrating! But then sometimes it’s really funny, I asked for a the can of air conditioner instead of freshner!

    • Oh gosh I can understand how frustrating that must be for you with your job. It’s good you can see the funny side though. Haha that’s a good one

  7. Love this post so much and love your page! I have been on biological infusions and medications for almost a decade. I have PsA, fibro, osteoarthritis and chemo induced anemia. Oh the brain fog is strong with me! Thanks for the post.. Sharing!

    • Thanks so much for your kind comments. Sorry to hear of your struggles. Thanks for sharing, I appreciate it 🙂

  8. #1, #4, #14, #15, #18 and #20…and probably a lot more too 😉 I’ll add just that this week I left the house without shoes.

    Enjoyed your post very much!

    • Haha oh dear, sorry to laugh but that is pretty funny! Glad you enjoyed this post

  9. Cassie Kausek Reply

    I have a lot of moments with blank stares when I am trying to find the word of what something is called, like a simple object I use often like a pen or fork. I usually try to say the words that relate to it and it comes to me, but I get really excited and say it louder, “Have you seen my….write with it, on paper, PEN!” I also misplace things a lot, which are beside me, on my head or in my hand….Pretty sure people think I am a nut job nowdays.

    • I can relate Cassie. If it makes you feel any better, I just spent a while looking for my phone when it was in my pocket- doh! We can be nut jobs together lol

  10. I realize I’m in trouble when I say, “Hello There”—No way can I remember other person’s name. Often I have been stuck trying to recall where I know them from as well.

  11. Gary McArthur Reply

    I’m terrible with names – even with people I’ve known all my life! And forgetting what I was about to say right in the middle of saying it. I frequently have to direct customers to locations of products in store and I start to say “They’re in aisle four next to the potatoes.” and what comes out is “They’re in aisle four, next to the…er, oh, er, the, er thingummies, er, you know, round with mud on them, come in 5kg bags?? Potatoes!!” by which time the customer is half way down aisle four and, thankfully, not listening.

    • Names are the worst! They’re my downfall too. Good job people are so impatient these days, saves you the embarrassment 🙂

  12. We live in a very small house. Just last week I asked my better half where she was. She was sitting on the couch right in front of me.

  13. Wow! You all msde me feel so “NORMAL” I don’t have fibro.but do have “Rsds” nerve disorder that causes u to live in chronic pain.I can relate and have done so many of the same things,making me think I am @ early stages of dementia!
    Ok heres one I just did today I will share cause you have all made me feel so welcome to comment. Had my regular 30 massage,keep in mind I have been at this place regularly for atleast 3 years. After my massage I guess I was so relaxed I went in the men’s rest room instead of the womens!!! Just glad no guy was waiting outside the door when I walked out.Lol. After realizing I was in the wrong room I just shook my head and laughed out loud my masseuse was in the hall way looking at me,I said ” that’s what I call relax when u walk in the mens rest room.We both chuckled 🙂 So Thank you all for showing me I am not alone & quite normal for a 59 year old lady 🙂 Have a Fun Day! I know u made mine 🙂

    • Hi Loretta, I’m glad you can relate and feel better for reading this. That is too funny!! Thanks for making me laugh 🙂

    • mum does that regular but my best is pointing the phone at the tv and cursing because it wont change the chanel

  14. OMG I have howled laughing reading this and all the comments, had to stop mid way as I couldn’t see through the tears and thought I was going to pee myself. I have done all of these and more. My hubby too is adapt at knowing what thingy I am referring to. I too shout really loud when I get the right word like I am so pleased with myself for remembering lol. I spend all my time in our bedroom and hubby comes up during the day to see if I need anything and more often than not I ask for something, then when I hear him coming back up I’m thinking “Now what does he want” LOL lucky we are not all in straight jackets :0)
    http://fibromyarseache.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Haha, I’m so glad this post made you laugh. It’s funny how you kind of develop a non-verbal communication with your husband, we’re the same. At least we’re all cuckoo together 😀

  15. Lol This are hilarious! And I only laugh because I’ve done many of the same things! I once found my keys in the fridge, lost my glasses and found them on my face, threw away good food and put the trash in the fridge, and many more. I’ve even been on the way somewhere and completely forgot where I was going! haha

    • Haha good to know it’s not just me who does these things 🙂 Thanks for sharing in your post

  16. I just had to comment on that first one, only because it’s something I’ve done…sort of… and it had nothing to do with Fibro. I was still living with my mom at the time (so I was a teenager-ish). I woke up one morning with no panties on (an oddity for sure at the time) and I had no clue what had happened to them. I walked into the bathroom pondering the thought when my mom asked me “Why were your panties in the toilet?” My response: “I have no idea but I was wondering where they’d run off to.”

    • Oh Julie that is too funny!!! Thank you for sharing and making me laugh 😀

  17. I do this kind of thing ALL the time, spent so long the other day trying to put the kettle into the fridge and getting so frustrated when it didn’t fit anywhere- i was close to tears before I seem to snap out of it and realise it was the kettle I was holding and not the milk!

    • Haha oh dear! We can do such daft things, can’t we? I hope you were able to laugh at yourself in the end 🙂

  18. I regularly try to put the pans in the fridge and blame the dog for hiding the remote which is beside me. Cooking gets interesting because I forget things even if I have the recipe in front of me. I regularly forget to start the dryer and and forget what day it is. I have gone to the store 4-5 times for one thing and forgotten it each time.

    • Haha oh dear 🙂 I always find what day of the week it is tricky too. And you can bet if I go to the shop for something, I pick up stuff and forget what it was I actually went for!

  19. I once searched for my phone in a dark room using my phone for light.

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