Thursday, 18 April 2013

A Little Short of Brain Power
I took a look at the HAWMC topic for today, realised I just don't have the brain power for it, and am posting off-topic.

I don't have the brain power for much today - I'm suffering a bit from the dreaded lupus brain fog.

About 80% of people with lupus will get some cognitive dysfunction. So I'm far from alone in having days when I just can't think straight.

Brain fog can lead to lots of amusing stories, like how I locked up the house for the night, but left the keys in the door from when I'd come in, so any burglar could just have turned the key and walked in. (But I have a back-up security system. A burglar would have tripped over the dog and the cat and been seriously injured.) I've also had the smoke detector remind me I've got something on the stove.

It's funny after the event.  And it's not such a big problem when it just happens now and then.

When it happens consistently, it can be frightening.  I had an extended bout of brain fog a few months back that left me wondering if perhaps I was suffering from early-onset dementia.  I became terrified that I would do something incredibly dangerous and not even know it.

For most of us, brain fog is often frustrating, sometimes frightening, and only occasionally funny.

This post written as part of Wego Health's Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge.

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