A person contacted me a few weeks ago to talk to me about brain injury and they mentioned the term ‘brain fog’. I was asked if I ever got this but I was a bit unsure about what it really meant. I have been thinking about it and I probably wouldn’t describe it as brain fog but I think I have had similar experience. It can probably encompass many of the problems that the person with a injured brain has day to day. Some days are better than others. When I first went back to work I would always think that it would take about an hour for my brain to warm up. Perhaps this was the time for the fog to lift. I would sit down at the computer and log on and then have to really think about what to do next. Luckily now I use methods that help me get the point of starting work quicker such as making lots of notes the day before and planning what I would be doing the next day. I would say that when I am fatigued I do experience some kind of brain fog. Another good way do describe it is trying to swim trough treacle. You just want to do something simple but it is just so hard to get to. I think I am getting used to it rather than getting better but there are still occasions when I notice it more. I was at the post office the other day and the lady told me two prices for postage. I heard the numbers she was saying but they didn’t really make any sense to me so I asked her to repeat them. Of course then I had to make a decision which made thing harder as I can’t do that. I should of asked her to write them down so I could look at the numbers which is easier to comprehend. But of cause I didn’t want her to think I was stupid. It is easy to think back now and know what to say. I could of explained that I have a brain injury and it is easier for me to understand when I see the figures written down. I will have to remember this for next time. I did something yesterday that was a bit strange and I am going to blame it on brain fog although it probably just me being stupid. I was boiling the kettle to a put some water in a pan on the hob but I didn’t put the pan on the hob I put the kettle on the hob. I really can’t understand why I did such a weird thing! I guess I will have to blame all these things on brain fog.

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