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Thanks to a dysfunction of my autonomic nervous system, I have occasional periods of time when I'm in a brain fog and easily confused. Which makes for much hilarity among family and friends. For instance:

- I discovered that you cannot open a can of peas with the sink faucet. Even when the water is running.

- Eggs are not typically stored in the measuring cup cabinet. Also, the refrigerator is not an appropriate place to store measuring cups.

- Taking a bottle opener and slamming it up against the side of the fridge dramatically does not make it magnetic. It will not stick. It will just fall down loudly onto the floor. My younger sister found this discovery to be particularly riotous.

- Dirty dishes don't go in the bedroom. You're supposed to carry them into the kitchen instead and deposit them in the dishwasher. This also applies to bathrooms. And living rooms. Pretty much any room that isn't the kitchen.


Just thought I would share these tidbits with you guys so you know. :)
 

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I do things like that, and I don't have dysfunctional brainy bits (as far as I know). :p I put cereal in the fridge, walk into doors, try to open cans with spoons, etc.

The worst ones happen when I'm tired. I was convinced that the fire alarm going off was somehow connected to my watch (it wasn't) so that if I kept my arm very still it wouldn't go off again (it did). Then another night I was so concinved that there was a diplomatic embassy from the owl kingdom in the bathroom. And I once got really confused about my rat and put him in the wrong cage, then got up and took him back to the sofa where we were sleeping. Poor boy, he was so confused. :p

Thank you for sharing your brain blips! I lol'd.
 

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Had one just today. Went to the grocery store, got everything on my list, checked out... and started putting the cans and eggs and boxes of macaroni back into my buggy... without grocery bags. The cashier was just gawking at me.. I put everything back on the checkout counter and waited for her to bag it all, claiming I was really tired... >.>
 

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I so have to post this.
Walking with my son from the store to the parking lot, i was gonna throw away a candy wrap in the trash can but instead i threw my car keys and $20 needles to say when i went back to look for the keys and the money they were gone as always there is a lot of people pick up cans to recycle; Locksmith charge $180 for a new set of keys and $20 i lost for a grand total of $200.
Happens to everybody at least i wanna think so. :oops:
 

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Oh boy, glad to know i'm not the only one who has issues. The thing I do the most is walk into a room determined to find something and instantly forget what I am looking for, Walk out and remember, then forget as soon as I go through the door again. Did that three times in a row one day.
I have also lost two sets of car keys one year ago and another set shortly after that. My husband had to replace the ignition in the middle of January. I still have yet to find either set of keys.
 

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Wow. Funny what our brains can do on exhaustion or little nutrition. Though, you having a real dysfunction of the autonomic nerve system is intriguing; how did it happen? I did one intro psychology course and I found the chapters on brain dysfunctions and behaviour one of the most interesting! (I'm doiing a drugs and behavior course this spring semester too)

I mean, I have my moments. I mean, forgetting important things and confusing my words so it sounds almost like I have traumatic brain injury :(
 

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I tend to walk into stores and just stand there, wondering why the heck I came there and what I was supposed to get. I also walk into doors and walls and bang knees against table edges. I also cannot recall faces. I didn't recognize my own neighbor and later on, I mixed him up with his brother.

My dad is the best at these though. The phone rings, he answers it and talks for a few minutes, hangs up. Few minutes later, he turns to my mom and me. "Who was on the phone?"
 

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The lady who did my interview for a new restaraunt doesn't recognize faces either! She told me her husband wore a new cap and she walked right past him. Imagine!! lol Maybe that's also why I didn't hear back yet about the job :(
 

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Oh boy, glad to know i'm not the only one who has issues. The thing I do the most is walk into a room determined to find something and instantly forget what I am looking for, Walk out and remember, then forget as soon as I go through the door again. Did that three times in a row one day.
I have also lost two sets of car keys one year ago and another set shortly after that. My husband had to replace the ignition in the middle of January. I still have yet to find either set of keys.
I read an article not long ago explaining that apparently doorways cause people to forget things - even watching your avatar walk through a doorway on a computer can cause this. They suggested saying what you need to do aloud as you walk through the door. :)
 

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*walks into grocery store chanting "I came for cereal and soup, I came for cereal and soup, I came for cereal and soup . . ."*
 

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That never works for me!! If I was to chant a list I would get bored and tell myself I will remember what I need, then forget the second I enter the store. I believe you on the doorway thing! Fortunately I have myself in the habit of writing lists and keeping an agenda!
 

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After my last dinner theater performance I came home and decided to take a nap because I was really tired. I ended up sleeping for about 2-3 hours. At 7:30 pm I woke up but wasn't out of bed. I heard my mom yell for me to get up. I wondered why it was still dark out. I went downstairs and asked my mom why she wanted me to to get up so early. She said because I wouldn't sleep later that night. Then I thought oh shoot, I forgot to put the trash out so I put the trash out and I saw that my neighbors were all up. I looked at my watch and then it dawned on me that it was night time and the trash men didn't come until the next morning. Lol
 

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I read an article not long ago explaining that apparently doorways cause people to forget things - even watching your avatar walk through a doorway on a computer can cause this. They suggested saying what you need to do aloud as you walk through the door. :)
I totally believe that doorway theory could be true. It's like the doorway breaks up the image of what you want in your mind. It's disrupting or something and causes me to look around like this... :shock:. I am so secure with my goofyness that chant what you want is very much likely to start happening in my house. My husband knows he married someone goofy.
 

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Though, you having a real dysfunction of the autonomic nerve system is intriguing; how did it happen? I did one intro psychology course and I found the chapters on brain dysfunctions and behaviour one of the most interesting! (I'm doiing a drugs and behavior course this spring semester too)

The doctors can't say why. They suspect that I was already mildly in the stages of developing it, and a very intense emotional experience a couple of years back pushed it into severe territory. :| It's called dysautonomia. My ANS kicks in and my "flight-or-fight response" responds to literally nothing. My body is actually panicking like it's in danger or something. It's not really very widely known and doctors are just starting to realize that their patients aren't ALL imagining their weird symptoms. Many just have screwy nervous systems. :lol: I don't retain salt or fluids as a result, so it messes with my blood pressure and heart rate. My brain literally isn't getting enough to blood at times. Hence the priceless moments. :)

As for the $200 mishap, I have a habit of throwing my credit card into the bag when I'm at drive-thrus. I don't totally understand why I started to do it or why I continue to do it. I have to babysit myself and make sure I don't do it. Cause once, I threw away my card with the leftovers of my lunch. :roll: My mother walked in to find me waist deep in the trash can. And to help myself remember a task, I click my tongue to the beat of random songs. I don't know why it helps, but I can at least walk down a flight of stairs without forgetting why I went downstairs.

As a side note, I've developed misophonia along with the ANS issues. I literally can't tolerate disgusting people-noises. Gum-chewing is a HUGE problem for me. I will go into rages about it. Am I the only person who wants to punch people who are chomping on their gum like a cow? :evil:

But I like to embrace my mental flaws. I feel like I'm stark raving mad and I'm totally cool with that. In the spirit of Jake the Dog... I'm whack with poo-brain. :p
 

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Bethy, you'd hate dinner at my house. My poor dad chews so loud! We usually have to have the TV on to drown him out or the rest of us lose our appetite.
 

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I can't stand it either. It makes me cringe and I have went off on people too. It's about manners. If I wanted to see or hear what you are eating I would ask. I have actually left the room away from my own brother because he does it. And to make it worse my ten year old neice is not being taught manners. It's so gross. My mother-in-law too does it too. On the other hand she is rude and mannerless anyhow.
 

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I have fibromyalgia and short term memory issues are a very common symptom as well as a side effect of many of the medications used to manage the illness day-to-day. Add in my ADD and I can have some pretty forgetful moments. Its bad enough that I have to write things down on a little notebook to remember them at work. Someone will ask me a question & I'll forget what it is they've asked halfway to going to find the answer, or I'll have to put someone on the phone on hold to deal with customers in the store & forget I've put them on hold!

Also, for the record, fish do not eat cat food & cats do not eat fish food. Nor does my makeup belong in the kitchen knife drawer. (That just covers this morning)
 
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