Ok. So, wait. What was I going to blog about today?
Oh yea, BRAIN FOG.
According to Wikipedia: Clouding of consciousness, also known as brain fog or mental fog, is a term used in conventional medicine denoting an abnormality in the “regulation” of the “overall level” of consciousness that is mild and less severe than a delirium.
Less severe than a delirium?
Delirium: an acutely disturbed state of mind that occurs in fever, intoxication, and other disorders and is characterized by restlessness, illusions, and incoherence of thought and speech.
Hmmm… that’s a tough one. Be it fog or delirium, the point is:
The thing is, my brain is not working.
My whole family can attest to this. Particularly my daughter who is the biggest defender of, ‘there is something wrong with mom’s brain’ statement. And she never forgets to remind me that there is indeed something wrong with my brain, even though I keep forgetting that there is something wrong with my brain until she reminds me (I’m exhausted).
Now, where was I?
I am becoming increasingly concerned about this. I know that my RA & Fibromyalgia contribute to some of this fogginess. Ever heard of Fibro Fog? This fog in Fibromyalgia patients can be caused by overexertion, fatigue, over stimulation, multi tasking and stress.
Picture yourself during a time when you were immensely exhausted. We are talking, you could barely keep your head up – exhausted. Then, think about having to find the energy to open up your mouth to speak and actually be coherent. You probably wouldn’t make much sense nor have full control of what you want to say.
Well, that’s me often. Too often.
Word recall is becoming a big issue. I want to say something but the word will not come to me. My brickhouse brain searches and scans and, NADA. I get the, No word detected message. Where the hell did these words go?
Other times, I am thinking of what I want to say but when I say it, something different comes out! WTH? Like when I told my daughter as we were being tail-gated by a car the other day, that I hated being SWALLOWED by cars. I swear my plan was to say FOLLOWED but why the heck did SWALLOW come out instead?
Being in a permanent state of Zombieness, is another problem I have. It’s like I’m floating around going through the motions but not fully there ( Ay, I’m scaring myself as I write this.) What was I just talking about? Oh yes, like yesterday when I had to beg the postman at the post office to come out of his comfy back room to open the outside mailbox because I had put a package I had just received in the slot, instead of the package I had to be mailed. It was embarrassing, I’m never going back there.
I had many more examples of my declining cognitive state to share with you but I can’t remember what they were.
I know my fatigue has a lot to do with this but besides rest, what can I do to re-charge and maintain the brickhouse brain I was blessed with? Do you have brain fog? Dementia? Delirium? Can you even remember well enough to answer these questions?
Although most of us have heard this information before, I decided to
remind refresh my memory and do a little more research on how I can power up my rapidly shrinking brain. I turned to some of my trusted resources such as, Mayo Clinic and The National Enquirer, for some answers:
1. EXERCISE – blah, blah, blah yea, yea, I know, I know. When my joints allow, I do try to walk. I get the mail every day, does that count? The key here is circulation. We need to make sure blood is flowing to our brain. If your hands and feet are always cold, like mine (which my husband will attest to after being assaulted nightly by my frozen toes), it may indicate that you do not have good circulation flowing to your brain as well as your extremities. Exercise makes neurons! Ok, I guess I’ll get my neighbor’s mail as well.
2. LIQUIDS – Now we’re talking. Did you know (or remember) that the brain is composed of 80% water and requires at least 84 ounces of water everyday? Brain tissue actually shrinks when a person is dehydrated! (Excuse me for a minute while I go dive right into our closest reservoir.) Ok, I’m back. If you do not like to drink water which many people don’t (I don’t get that), GREEN TEA has been found to improve concentration. And last but NOT least, the antioxidants in WINE & CHAMPAGNE may block proteins that destroy brain plaque. Salud!
3. FOODS – WALNUTS , DARK CHOCOLATE, AVOCADOS & BEETS are some of the foods that help promote blood flow and more oxygen to the brain for better concentration! Omega 3 fatty acids are also our friends. DHAs that are in SALMON, SARDINES, TUNA, PUMPKIN SEEDS are some of the fatty acids that help with nervous system development and function, mental functioning and behavioral and mood disorders. Sign me up! EGGS are rich in B vitamins which helps with memory and concentration. Then there are the Brainberries like, BLUEBERRIES & STRAWBERRIES that have antioxidants that help protect the brain from cognitive decline. The antioxidants in leafy greens like KALE & SPINACH can also help protect the brain.
***** Please consult your doctor before following this brickhouse diet.*****
4. BRAIN REHAB & EXERCISES – Doctors suggest we do the things we are bad at, otherwise that part of the brain that is not being used will not regenerate. If you are bad at math, do math. Bad with balance, do balance exercises, etc. As we get older we get into routines, but routine is NOT our friend. The brain loves variety, it likes to be tricked and challenged. There is a great site I found called, sharpbrains.com with an orgy of everything brain, including exercises to do online. I also went into Lumonosity.com which offers some free games and paid monthly subscriptions. CNN also has an online game site called games.cnn.com that I tried and enjoyed.
So, if you will excuse me, I’m off to chow down on a sardine and avocado pizza, washed down with a champagne/blueberry martini and topped off with a dark chocolate walnut mousse. I will then do some multiplication (Yikes) and then take a 6 hour nap. When I wake, I will collect ALL of my neighbors’ mail for them. That’s a start, right?
What was your name again?