Thingy…

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Cognitive Impairment…Fibro Fog…Brain Drain…Brain Freeze…All these relate to the extreme tiredness that Fibro brings with it resulting in the inability to find the right word…This is where the most useful word comes into my vocabulary on a regular basis…

What is this word i hear you all ask??…It is “Thingy”…It has an unlimited application… “Thingy” it is never limited to the same object and is used on a daily basis…I nearly always back up the use of “Thingy” with either pointing at said object whose name escapes me, or by the use of gesticulating with my hands or a drawing to explain what i mean…

I often find i use the most bizarre and convoluted description of the word i am trying to find…It used to annoy me…I would get very frustrated not being able to “think” as i did before the onset of the acute Fibro…But now i take a breath and be kind to self…i am not the only person who can’t remember a name for something or someone…

I no longer excuse my need to use “Thingy” or my need to point…I do explain that this is due to my Fibro…As i feel if i do not educate others then no-one will benefit, including myself…We have an illness…It effects us in multiple ways…To allow others to learn of our illness is a gift both to them and to us…

I have secret weapons that i use to try to combat some of my “cognitive impairment”… lists…I have many list and always have a pad and pen by me…This enables me to write down things i need to buy….Things i need to do…And things i need to remember…I also have a diary which cross references to said lists…And post it notes are a brilliant way to aid my days and remind me of information on my lists and in my diary…

It may sound complicated but it works for me…I am less stressed by my poor memory and “brain freeze” when i try to use my think…I know have a very good IQ…It is not a lack of intelligence or a lack of a grasp of the English language that impairs me…It is the Fibro, so to fight this would be pointless and frustrating…So just find a way to cope that works for you…But don’t feel embarrassed or stupid for you are neither…

“We all have an inner strength that we do not know of until we are challenged…The bigger the challenge the greater the strength that you will find within yourself”NL

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