Dear purple butterflies,
Have you ever wondered about Fibro fogs? Do you know that feeling when you’re so tired you can’t think straight? Maybe you’ve just had a conversation with a friend and moments later you forget parts of the conversation. I know what you might be thinking that I’m forgetting about Alzheimer’s disease. The two symptoms sound similar but trust me I am not confusing one for the other. I know this first hand because I have experience with both. With Fibromyalgia it is called, Fibromyalgia Fog. I am here to testify that fogs are real! This is why I call my website Once Upon A Fog Blog. When I have a fog, it doesn’t mean that I’ve always had a bad day. It just means that my concentration level isn’t where it should be. Is it frustrating? Of course! What is it comparable to for me? The best way I know how to describe this is to give you a visual. I’m a pirate sailing through a thick fog and I don’t know where I’m going and I’ve lost my map. Have you ever driven when it’s pouring down rain? There’s not a place to pull over and of course your windshield wipers are not working? That is how it feels for me to have a fog. I almost expect to hear a lonely, low foghorn somewhere off in the distance and the ringing of a soft bell. I should probably ask my husband to stop making those sounds from the other room.
So, why do I address ya’ll as purple butterflies? This answer is not as involved. A lot of causes use the color purple and butterflies. Fibromyalgia does both as well. Purple serves as a double purpose for me due to the fact that I was close with my grandmother and she was a big supporter in finding a cure for Fibro someday. One of her favorite colors, as well as mine, is purple. I also love butterflies so it’s a win win!
No matter what the day brings, I try to pace myself with what all the chores I have planned for the day. For the most part I hide what’s going on, but Dale can tell if I’m hurting or not feeling well. It may be due to the fact we’ve been together for over seventeen years. He’s let me know, it’s okay for me not to be “okay.” I had been so used to hiding certain things about myself, I forgot I was hiding my pain too. Once I had this conversation with him, I discovered my “girlie side” and the “dragon side.” I must explain that I chose these two to identify with because I have considered myself a darn good hostess, very girlie, and I am the year of the dragon. I have always been a fighter. I’ve proven that more times over than I care to count. The “girlie side” will come out with guests, to decorate, etc. I love to indulge and pamper myself. Who doesn’t love to spoil themselves?
Let me know in the comments how you would describe a Fibro fog. I’d love to hear back from you! Please continue to stay safe purple butterflies! Thank you for taking the time to read my blog today! If you’re enjoying my blogs, why not subscribe to my website? My blogs will go straight to your email. It’s free to sign up! Tell your friends! Tell your friends to tell their friends!
Till next time! Be well!
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About the author:
Rachel Barclift, has been suffering from Fibromyalgia for many years. She went to the doctor, never finding any answers for years. She went to one doctor who told her the pain was all in her head. In 2011, she finally found a doctor that believed her! She was officially diagnosed by her rheumatologist and she was so relieved! She writes blogs in hopes to help others find positivity.