Brain Fog Dialogue
I’ve been meaning to write in the comments section of your blog my appreciation for those postings on brain fog. A very good friend of mine suffers from Chronic Fatigue (or as it’s now called, SEID), and she deals with brain fog. After reading your posts, I now have a much better understanding of the condition. You will be pleased to know that she’s doing well–she edits and writes for a prestigious magazine–but of course the health problems are an ongoing challenge and I try to give as much support as I can.
That’s great to hear. I’m so happy your friend is able to manage her condition and get great work done.
Since we have to work harder and be more precise in our work, I’d say some of us manage things better than people who are not ill. We can’t take time for granted.
SEID is awful, no one gets how bad it is unless they’ve had it. It feels like having the flu all the time. I had a low grade fever off and on for years. The fatigue was crushing. I used to work sitting up in bed a lot. (I haven’t had SEID in years, but now I have auto-immune disease with similar drawbacks, so there you go.)
I know some of my clients have been sneaking over here to read this, wondering if my brain will fry at any moment and I will blow a job or drop dead. It doesn’t work like that, it’s not a slow slide downhill, it’s a roller coaster. I went for the better part of two years with a very heavy workload and worked up to 100 hours a week on one job. I was able to handle it pretty well. Last year I had a bad crash, and had to seek medical help. Then I finally got a correct diagnosis and treatment. I feel better already, and have had very little brain fog for about 9 days. That is a big deal for me.
I may drop dead just like everyone else will eventually, but I am sure I have a few decades to go.
Thanks again for your nice note, I really appreciate knowing that the time I spend writing these posts is helpful.