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Real Life Brain Fog Scare – Part 1

I have always been very open and honest about my health issues and how it affects my life, my relationship, and my job. Recently, I was faced with the most traumatic episode of brain fog I have experienced to date.

It started as a normal day…

It started like any other day, up at 4am to get ready for work and enjoy a little peace and quiet before rushing off to work. I clocked into my computer at 6am as I do each morning. I had my hot cup of coffee near me and began working on orders that I do each and every day here at work. About 9am, right before our morning break, I began to feel sluggish and spaced out. I know this feeling all to well, as that means I need to take more brain fog medication (lactulose).  Always keeping a “spare” dosage in my car, I ran out and grabbed that bottle. (I put it into those 5 oz containers when I travel.) Feeling very weak and as if I was on a cloud, I choose to “chug” the 5 oz of medication. Normally, if I take the medication, I am able to stop the progression of slipping further away.

Nothing was working

This time, however, NOTHING was working. The foggy feeling began to slow my motor skills down, at which time I went to text my daughter for help. Later, I found out I had sent the text to the wrong person. Only a few minutes passed and she called my cell phone. Answering in a start of a panic, I could barely talk at this point. She knew immediately I was in trouble and said she was on her way to my office. I did all I could to send an email to a coworker down the hall from me; By now, the message was badly garbled. My coworker came running, asking me if I needed an ambulance. Honestly, at that point, nothing more was able to come from my mouth. It was as if my jaw locked. My body became so heavy I could not lift my arms, I could not speak, and all I could do was cry. I could, at that point, “hear” those around me talking, but I could not communicate to them what so ever. By now, this was now 10 am. It was a full blow hepatic encephalopathy episode happening right at my desk at my job.

I woke up in the hospital

That was the last I remember. I came to about 2:30pm in the afternoon, lying in the trauma unit at our local hospital with IV’s and heart monitors hooked up. I was so confused.  My daughter explained that she got to my work right as paramedics were loading me into the ambulance. All of them confused as to what was wrong with me.  She explained my liver condition was end stage and I have been diagnosed with hepatic encephalopathy – A very serious condition that if my coworkers had not responded as quickly as they did, I could have ended up in a coma.

Lessons learned

Even having this for over 9 years now, I have never gotten to the state of unconsciousness with brain fog. I have been where I could not communicate, but usually I’m able to get lactulose down and it snap me out of it. After getting flushed in the ER, they finally released me later that night.

I am so grateful to my daughter for being there and able to share what exactly is wrong with paramedics and to my coworkers for having our first responders on me right away.

If you are suffering from any sort of brain fog from a struggling liver, talk with your doctor about this.  Medication is available to help you.  This is a life-threatening condition, and if not taken seriously, could result in coma and death. I made the decision coming into this job that I would share with my coworkers my health issues. I am so glad I did as they were able to assist and get proper medical attention to me right away. Yes, I was embarrassed sharing my personal health with my work, however, I truly believe by doing so, they were able to keep me from going into a coma – or worse.

Read Part 2 here.

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