I have it. No doubt about it.
How do I know? A recent incident will tell you how I came to this startling conclusion.
Chris and I had flown into Asheville and on the way home I asked him to stop at Ingles so I could pop in and get some cream for my many mosquito bites. Remember that I am a “secreter” and have a myriad of bites on my legs and arms at any time. This is where I wrote about this syndrome.
He parked the car, I hopped out, quickly made my way into the store and purchased my itch relief cream. I walked out to the car and reached to open the passenger door handle to no avail. Sometimes Chris tries to play tricks on me and locks the door. So as I was absentmindedly lifting the handle repeatedly I heard a vague horn honking sound to my left.
You guessed it. I was trying to get into the wrong car.
Hey, it was black. I wasn’t THAT far off. Never mind that it was a beat up Honda and Chris drives a Genesis.
I told Chris I had foggy brain and he agreed a little too readily.
So I blamed menopause. Because that is what I blame everything on these days. But come to find out I was actually right to blame menopause.
News alert – my estrogen is dropping. According to this article from Webmd.com a drop in estrogen often means a women’s performance on memory tasks also declines. Bingo. That’s me.
So along with all of the other lovely symptoms of menopause I get to add foggy brain to my list. You know I really don’t like to complain about it and I usually try to just power through the hot flashes and the insomnia and even the weight gain. But the foggy brain thing has me a bit miffed. I need all of my faculties about me these days and this foggy brain needs to go. Fast. I have a wedding and travel to attend to.
I remember writing a piece for Cecelia Gunther for Letters For My Little Sister. At the time I wrote it I was not in quite the state that I am in now but honestly – I wouldn’t change what I wrote much. Other than adding the foggy brain part. That I might change.
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Who are you again? You have such a full active live- you are fabulous. By the way you might enjoy the blog of Barbara Younger who writes frequently about menopause at her site “a friend for the Ride”
I think I was lucky. I went through menopause in a nanosecond and really had very little symptoms. A few hot flashes here and there, but nothing much. I feel for you! 🙂
I find sometimes if I have too many things on my mind, foggy brain happens. And you do have a lot on your mind. Just sayin’.
I’ll take your story and st8cknto it!
I now call it retirement brain!! My neighbour calls it Spain brain. We have been blaming it on the heat lately. It was only 45C (113F) inland yesterday. By the sea it was a bit cooler like only 42C. I am off to the pool where I don´t need my brain.
No thank you, I really don’t want to read any more about menopause because for me, it lasted FOREVER! Ok, not forever but for way too many years. I thought it would never end and foggy brain was definitely a part of it. It was a seriously difficult time in my life and I’ve never been so happy to relegate something to the past as I was the dreaded M word, even though in my case, it took cancer surgery to do so. There is light at the end of the foggy, hot flash-driven tunnel of night sweats, thank the good Lord!
I am glad that time in my life is over and never to return. This is a little comment for the cause this month.
I know I’m still a little way away from menopause but I’m already dreading it. I can’t stand the Florida heat and seem to be hot all the time, where before I got cold easily in the A/C. I also feel foggy brained lately… but it could be stress. This week in the mountains has been glorious and I’m sad to have to go home tomorrow.
It’s a good thing the owner didn’t see you trying to get into his car;) I’ve done that too by the way.
I know. They probably would have had a few choice words for me.
hahaha recently we traveled to AZ & got a rental. My parents and wife were waiting as I ran to the car. It was raining. I can’t get the key to work. Oops wrong car. I try the next car over, same grey color. It won’t work either. I’m getting wet, the rain will not let up. Finally I try a third car, as they say third time’s a charm. All cars are really starting to look alike.