Following my excision surgery a few months ago I am generally feeling much better. By no means perfect, and I have found that my adenomyosis is much louder now that it isn’t being drowned out by endometriosis pain (but that is a story for another time).
One of the biggest changes I have noticed post-op is to my energy levels, my endo-fatigue has been dramatically reduced, which I’m so pleased about as it was having such a hugely detrimental impact on my life. A knock-on-effect of this also appears to be that my ‘brain fog’ (you know, that terrible feeling that you brain has been replaced with cotton wool which makes forming any type of coherent thought neigh impossible) has all but disappeared. It’s more of a ‘brain mist’ now I’d say. Admittedly, being off work and having loads of time to just rest and recuperate has probably helped a lot in this area too.
To celebrate its welcome absence, I have decided to list some of the most stupid and/or hilarious things I had done in the last few years because of brain fog (and in homage to this excellent post on the February Stars blog that really cheered me up when brain fog was greatly upsetting me). Enjoy!
01/ Turning off the lights in our bedroom for us to go to sleep, immediately forgetting I’d done this, and shouting: ”Mr B, I think we’ve had a power cut, the light has gone out for NO REASON!” His face was a picture.
02/ My mum sent me to a fabric shop to buy some ribbons for a gift she wanted to wrap. I’ve been to this shop hundreds of times since childhood. I completely forgot how to get there and wondered around our town center completely lost and in a daze for 30 minutes, before having to ask a stranger for directions.
03/ Forgetting the word ‘limitations’ when trying to write the ‘limitations section’ of my PhD, and subsequently having to describe the word ‘Taboo’ style to my colleagues in attempt to identify it.
04/ Unpacking my shopping and putting the milk in our cupboard under the sink and kitchen towels in the fridge.
05/ Attempting to get ready for work in the morning and beginning to cleanse my face with nail varnish remover! It’s a good job I started with my cheek and not my eye or this site could be about my experience of living with blindness.
06/ Locking myself out of my car, and having to phone my husband and/or colleagues to come and rescue me. Three times in one year! My husband was so annoyed last time as he had a two hour drive to come and pick me up, and had to leave work. Oops!
07/ Five lost debit and credit cards in one year- and having to explain to my bank that I am not doing it deliberately.
08/ Coming across as a slightly mental pathological liar on more than one occasion. This actual conversation I had in a support group is a pretty good example…Me: I use this awesome app several times a day to track my symptoms. Friend: That sounds great, what’s the app called? Me: <Long Pause> I don’t know.
09/ Numerous ‘shower fails’ including forgetting to shampoo my wet hair or forgetting to wash out shampoo and/or conditioner, and having to look rather unkempt for the rest of the day.
10/ The ability to perform basic maths has frequently deluded me. At dinner with a friend and she asks if I want to split the £30 bill- I get my phone out to use the calculator as she looks at me like ‘really?!’.
So there you have it. I’d love to hear some of your more hilarious brain fog moments too- I could always do with a laugh! Also, if you’ve got any tips for helping to manage this horrible symptom please do share it here.