So I am fortunate enough to be able to function relatively normally with my Endometriosis (which I am thankful for as I recognize that a lot of people have it much, much worse). I work part time and have two young children, a reasonably busy life which suits me well the majority of the time.
However, like all of us here, there are times which I struggle. Mostly through fatigue and brain fog. There have been times where I have lay on the bed and wanted to cry because the thought of moving less than 3 feet to get in the shower seemed like the biggest effort in the world. There have been times where I have asked my kids to repeat themselves several times as my brain won't process a simple sentence. Times where I think I will never make it through my shift at work. These episodes seldom last longer than a few days, but I know they will never stop happening.
My problem is, I find it hard to explain to people how one day I can be fully functioning productive adult with all my shit together, and the next day a zombie with mush for brains? I am lucky that my husband gets it, but how do I explain to my friends that I am not being off with them when I am not as chatty as usual, or when I don't notice them saying hi to me in the playground? Or how do I tell my boss that I am not an incompetent moron, even though I have completely blanked when trying to do a task that I have done repeatedly for the last 8 years?
People know I have endo, but don't really equate it with these kind of symptoms. I am not asking for their sympathy or attention (I am very conscious of this as I have seen how some people automatically give the eye roll to anybody who dares to mention chronic illness), I just want them to accept my temporary state of malfunction and not think of me as lazy or a drama queen (which I most definitely am not!)
I would use the term "flare" but I always associate that more with the pain. Looking for a lighthearted yet effective way to refer to this state if anybody could help? (I'm hoping your brains work better than mine!)
Sorry for the long winded post, hope it makes sense!