Psalm 55:2 - Hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught.
When living with a chronic condition there are days when holding your thoughts is just out of reach. This can be because of the medications you take, but more often it’s because your body can’t handle both your illness and your thoughts.
This can be difficult especially if you’re trying to communicate something important to someone.
Many people, regardless if they have a health condition or not, do lose their train of thought during a conversation. But what I’m talking about is not just losing your thoughts, it’s like as if the train left the station with you as its captive.
This can be disconcerting not only to you but to the one you’re talking to. They may see you as being drugged up, drunk, or a bit loopy, when you see it as just another time of feeling out of it.
This can bring you into a state of depression as you slowly start to close yourself off to other people. You can come up with a lot of excuses as to why you no longer seem to want to see a friend, but when in fact you just don’t want to hurt your relationship with them.
Another thing that you may need to look at is making decisions. It’s important when you have something to consider that making a decision isn’t what you should do if your mind is fuzzy instead of clear. This may seem impossible because you feel fuzzy much of the time. In this case, perhaps you could explain your situation to a close friend or family member and ask them if they can help you make your decision.
What other ways are there, if you are feeling fuzzy, to help clear up your mind? Developinghumanbrain.org posts an article titled, “Suffering From Brain Fog? What Causes It and How to Clear It Up?” The article discusses the reason why brain fog appears such as dehydration and lack of sunlight, along with how to clear up brain fog such as consuming less sugar and eating foods that are high in magnesium, vitamin E and D, Zinc, B vitamins, omega 3, iron and vitamin C.
And finally, remember that God hears our prayers when our thoughts trouble us and is ready to help you stop the brain fog train and go from a fuzzy brain to a clear one.
1 Chronicles 16:11-12 - Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced.
All of these examples seem innocent enough. Everyone forgets things sometimes. Maybe you just have too much or your plate or your mind is focused on an important project at work. But it still feels disconcerting.
When these things start to happen more often you may start to become concerned.
But them the deciding fear comes true:
The last couple of situations can be alarming and they may be signs that you need to see your doctor. Everyone has some short-term memory loss, but when it turns into something that happens on a daily basis it’s frightening; especially if your family has members who have been diagnosed with dementia.
What are some signs that point you towards needing attention from your doctor? Betterhealth.vic.gov.au posts the article, “Dementia – Early Signs,” describes some of the signs such as disorientation, difficulty completing tasks and language problems.
Seeing signs of dementia in a loved one or in yourself, can break your heart. But remember, the Lord is the one who will give you the strength when you need it, and will help you remember what he’s done in the past for you, even though you struggle with remembering things that are happening right now.
To learn more about the causes, treatment and care for those with dementia select the link below.
Isaiah 16:3 - “Make up your mind,” Moab says. “Render a decision. Make your shadow like night - at high noon. Hide the fugitives, do not betray the refugees.
You walk into the store seeking a new sofa for your living room. You find the right section of the store and begin examining them. After some time, you narrow down your choice to two. They both appear to look nice, fit your body well and are the right size. However, the one that’s priced higher has the added feature of being able to recline two of the sections. That would make a nice feature, but should you spend the extra one hundred dollars? You go back and forth walking from one sofa to the other. You scratch your head. You just can’t make up your mind. Frustration takes over and you decide not to buy anything.
You’re at your desk working on a project that’s due tomorrow. You take a look at your notes and then start typing. Then, someone drops a file folder filled with paper onto the floor and you jump. There’s nothing really wrong so you go back to work. A few minutes later, your phone rings. After completing your call you set back to working on your project, but you can’t seem to concentrate on it.
In both of these cases, the person involved was battling chronic pain. It does seem like chronic pain was making it difficult to make decisions and concentrate.
The question that then comes to mind is: does chronic pain cause you to have cognitive deficiencies?
According to the Clinical Neuroscience Research Group, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, their answer according their article, “Cognitive Dysfunction in Chronic Pain,” the answer is yes. Read the article to find out which areas are most frequently affected.
So can anything be done to help reverse cognitive decline? In the article, “8 Steps to Reverse Memory Loss,” on mariashriver.com several suggestions were made to reverse the decline including taking multi-vitamin and mineral supplements.
In addition to the suggestions in the article above, remember, even if you find you're in a decline and have trouble especially making decisions, God can help you make it by giving you wisdom or by putting people in your life that can help you. He can also help you concentrate on the task at hand.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.