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Brain Fog: A Disconnect Between My Brain and My Mouth

A disconnect between my brain and my mouth: When my thought process and speech do not line up. On days that I’m foggy, it is very difficult for me to be clear in my communication with others. Not only is it hard for me to focus clearly, but to communicate and verbalize my thoughts to others is difficult.

My frustrations with brain fog

I often speak of how my kids have learned to pipe in on conversations when we are out, when they see me struggling to find words or watch me lose my train of thought. I get so frustrated at myself when this happens. I can think of the words I need to say, but then a short happens from my brain to my mouth… it’s embarrassing. I stumble over words, drag a word out for longer than normal, or sound like I have a fat tongue in my mouth. I am so thankful my kids have learned to pick up my slack and keep me from embarrassing moments by chiming in on the conversation, whether they pick up where I was going or they distract from the conversation all together.

Many people have contacted me about this and share the same frustrations. One lady I know even got pulled aside from her job to ask if she had been drinking; it was as if we have been drinking too much. Although I have not been a drinker at all my whole life, I would assume the comparison is the same.

Are you frustrated too?

For those in the same situation, talk with those close to you and don’t be afraid to ask for their assistance when they begin to see you stumble for words as well. By having a conversation with my kids about mom’s inability to carry a full conversation in foggy times, I helped them to understand that mom needs them right now. For us, many times, we do it so cleverly that no one knows it even happened. It saves me from getting embarrassed and maintain my composure.

Granted, this does not occur daily, only on those extreme rough days, and for me, thank goodness, those rough days are now regulated by medication with lactulose and xifaxan. These are given for those with hepatic encephalopathy. Ask your doctor if you begin experiencing foggy, sluggish actions; There may be medication to help.

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