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This guy doesn't have Fobro Fog but I sure know how he feels...


That's what the kid behind the counter at Taco Bell said to me.

I dug into my pocket and pulled out some lint and two dimes and something that used to be a Jolly Rancher.

Having already handed the kid a five-spot, I started to head back out to the truck to grab some change

when the kid with the Elmo hairdo said the hardest thing anyone has ever said to me.

He said, "It's OK. I'll just give you the senior citizen discount."

I turned to see whole was talking to and then heard the sound of change hitting the counter in front of me.

"Only$4.68"he said cheerfully.

I stood there stupefied. I am 56, not even 60 yet?

A mere child!

Senior citizen?

I took my burrito and walked out to the truck wondering what was wrong with Elmo.

Was he blind?

As I sat in the truck, my blood began to boil.

Old? Me?

I'll show him, I thought.

I opened the door and headed back inside. I strode to the counter,

and there he was waiting with a smile.

Before I could say a word, he held up something and jingled it in front of me,

like I could be that easily distracted!

What am I now?

A toddler?

"Dude! Can't get too far without your car keys, eh?"

I stared with utter disdain at the keys.

I began to rationalize in my mind!

"Leaving keys behind hardly makes a man elderly!

It could happen to anyone!"

I turned and headed back to the truck.

I slipped the key into the ignition, but it wouldn't turn.

What now?

I checked my keys and tried another.

Still nothing.

That's when I noticed the purple beads hanging from my rear view mirror.

I had no purple beads hanging from my rear view mirror.

Then, a few other objects came into focus:

The car seat in the back seat.

Happy Meal toys spread all over the floorboard.

A partially eaten doughnut on the dashboard.

Faster than you can say ginkgo biloba, I flew out of the alien vehicle.

Moments later I was speeding out of the parking lot,

relieved to finally be leaving this night marish stop in my life.

That is when I felt it, deep in the bowels of my stomach: hunger!

My stomach growled and churned, and I reached to grab my burrito,

only it was nowhere to be found.

I swung the truck around, gathered my courage,

and strode back into the restaurant one final time.

There Elmo stood, draped in youth and black nail polish.

All I could think was, "What is the world coming to?"

All I could say was, "Did I leave my food and drink in here"?

At this point I was ready to ask a Boy Scout to help me back to my vehicle,

and then go straight home and apply for Social Security benefits.

Elmo had no clue.

I walked back out to the truck,

and suddenly a young lad came up and tugged on my jeans to get my attention.

He was holding up a drink and a bag.

His mother explained,

"I think you left this in my truck by mistake."

I took the food and drink from the little boy and sheepishly apologized.

She offered these kind words:

"It's OK. My grandfather does stuff like this all the time."

All of this is to explain how I got a ticket doing 85 in a 40 mph zone.

Yessss, I was racing some punk kid in a Toyota Prius.

And no, I told the officer, I'm not too old to be driving this fast.

As I walked in the front door, my wife met me halfway down the hall.

I handed her a bag of cold food and a $300 speeding ticket.

I promptly sat in my rocking chair and covered up my legs with a blankey.

The good news was that I had successfully found my way home.

Pass this on to the other "old fogies" on your list (so they can have fun laughing, too).

Notice the larger type?

That's for those of us who have trouble reading.

P.S. Save the earth...... It's the only planet with chocolate!!!!!

Oh, did I send this to you already? Sorry. I hope you liked it again for the first time, like I did.


Yvonne xxxx

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Oh honey this did make me chuckle, but laughing at yourself is the best thing to help you cope. Fibro fog is awful at times but at least it's free entertainment for the family :) xx


So what is the funniest thing you've done

Tell all



I recorded Peter Kay talking with Danny Baker to my sky hard drive.

I was really looking forward to it.

I visited the loo,

made a drink,

sat back in my chair,

found it in the planner and,,,

pressed delete!



Oh Sandra,

I'm so glad I'm not the only one who has deleted a program instead of playing it.

If you have Sky or Tivo, you can recover a deleted program. Not sure how you do it, but think I need to learn, just in case

My fav with the remote is when I'm watching a program and when the adverts start I press fast forward. Only it doesn't work, then i remember I'm not watching a recording....

lol lol



oh I do that too!

I don't know if un-delete works on sky +, I can't find a link.



If you go into planner and where it says all entertainment docs etc if you scroll to the left it is their :) i think the fact i accidentaly delete by mistake shows hehe.

I have turned up to the doctors a day early and turned up to my esa medical a week early. I have often gone to the shop got it back realised i bought the wrong thing so took it back only to repeat the process again grr :)

Cant think of anything as funny as yours tho xxxx


I tried and it says copy delete keep a-z viewed recorded lock/unlock. maybe it's me.

I was in the supermarket once and realised I should be at the drs.

I rang and apologised and pleaded.

the receptionist said she'd ask the gp, ring back in ten mins.

I rang back.

"Dr said he'll see you at the end of surgery at 6 and will you get a pint of milk? we've run out." !!

lovely man, now retired.



I go the supermarket pay and then forget to take my shopping - had to be reminded several times now.


when I was at uni [aged 35] and un-dxd fibro, I and two friends turned up 10 mins early to a lecture. after half an hour and still no-one came we chuckled about getting the time wrong, we decided to get a coffee.

as we walked past the next room, there was our group! we went in and apologised saying we we were not late, just 30 feet short!



Love this one....

Sky + does have a undelete page. Just go into PLANNER (not TV guide),

The page before ALL is the deleted section.

Now I know where it is for when I need it lol lol



I don't have hd, 3d, or planner except thru th tv guide, I want one, anyone have a hotline to santa?

thanks for trying Yvonne.


on second thoughts, can I have Dermot O'Leary instead pleeeeease?


I've tried to find ways to help myself remember but nothing really worked till now.

I brought myself a new smart phone and without it I'd be lost. Not allowed to say which it is but It has a large screen (bigger than an iphone) and a pen that i can write onto the screen with (It's the only one with it's own pen). It has a note pad app so I can write down everything as i go along and a calendar to send me reminders.

So now i don't forget appointments or the times to meet people.

What it can't tell me is where the telly remote is, my keys, or my purse..

My other great little gadget is a fast boil kettle so I can make my cuppa in an instant. I was always putting the kettle on then forgetting all about it, so could go hours without a cuppa


Hi All

All your comments have made me smile. Good job we don't lose our sense of humour when we are diagnosed with FMS!

Have a good day

Saskia XX


Hi Saskia,

Your the first person on here that calls Fibro as FMS.

I have had FMS for 27+ years and only on this blog was it called anything else.

I have had many times when I completely lost me sense of humor and they were dark times indeed.

If you need a pick me up and a good laugh, go check out JOKES GALORE on this blog.

I love sharing joke with one and all.


Yvonne xxxx


I live my life laughing at myself, that way when other do it I do not feel so bad. Thanks for sharing this made me smile after the week I have had xxxxx


I do too, that's why I don't mind sharing my "happenings" glad you liked my bits of fun, I've enjoyed the rest.

good topic Yvonne!



No rest for me hun, I have to care for my daughter now she is home from hospital xxxxx


oops! I meant the rest of the replies. I'm thinking of you.

hugs [[[x]]],



Lol, and I thought I was bad xxxxx


May I ask, dont these episodes of "madness" (ha) or "fog" happen to everyone at some point?How do we know its the Fibro then and there presenting itself?? Help please x


Hi, we all get 'episodes' of 'madness' at some point.

Only we have a very good excuse lol lol



Yay!!! That's going to b my excuse and I am sticking to it!! Thanks ;) x


My kids reckon they are going to write a book about me! The things I say and do are just beyond them! I remember once I was in a shop and thought I saw someone I recognised. I couldn't remember their name but their face was so familiar. As I was looking at them, it suddenly dawned on me who it was and I started laughing. My daughter asked what I was laughing at and I told her that I thought I recognised the woman on the other side of the shop. But it was my own reflection in the mirror that I was looking at and to make matters worse, we were in Spec Savers!! Needless to say , my kids won't go shopping with me anymore! Now I know it is all the work of "Fibrofog", I have a ready defence for next time. And there will be a next time!!


Maybe we should write a book. Who else would understand what it's like for us... xxxx


Absolutely. Just think....this time next year we could be millionaire's!! The book would help us fibrofoggers know we are not alone and would also let non-fibrofoggers have a peek into our world and maybe get some sort of understanding. Or if all else fails, a good laugh! xxx


I have days where I am too exhausted to think, my speech in slurred and i can't get my words out properly! Is this the dreaded fog? X


How long since you were diagnosed???

Check out the next comment for your answer.

Yvonne xxx


This is caused by the dreaded 'FATIGUE'.

So much worse than the 'fog'.

You feel like some one has pulled your plug out of the power socket.

No Energy.

All you do is Sleep (whether you want to or not)

Communication is impossible, like you've been drugged or are drunk. Your speech is all slurred and garbled. It makes sense to us, but unintelligible to anyone else.We might as well be on another planet.

For me, all i hear (if anything at all) sounds like I'm underwater or have cotton wool in my ears. My own mother told me I was just to LAZY to be bother to get up.

If you do manage to wake up enough to get up your body feels like it weights a ton, every movement drains your brain and then when you sit down, you fall back to sleep. I've fallen asleep on the loo, leaning up against the door frame, on the floor all over my home. even sat upright on the edge of my bed.

They say COMA patients can still hear everything around then. it's like that for us. Once my family realized i could still hear everything They were more careful what they said around me..

The worst is when it hits you if your out. I've had to get a taxi home, struggling to stay awake till I've got indoors (the local drivers are great), then i can collapse into oblivion. This is why I no longer Drive. To many times I'd got from A-B and not be able to get back.

One thing I really hate is if someone ask's you a question, my brain is to muddled to be able to lie. everything you say is how you feel.

I'm sure others can add to this list of SYMPTOMS of FATIGUE.

For each of us the SYMPTOMS and SEVERITY of FIBRO is very individual but only someone else with FIBRO an understand whats it's like.

I hope this is a help jonesclairm..

Yvonne xxxx

p.s. remember you are not alone.......


Fab Yvonne, that has put a lot into context. You are right when you say no one else can understand apart from Fibro sufferers. I have spent a lot of time trying to analyse and explain but now I have given up completely. I get into bed close my door, turn my phone off and can b there up to a week...but this is just lazy as people advise! I don't want any contact with people and become very frustrated and irritable. I have been suffering since I was 11, then it got really bad when I was 17-18. I am now 27 and I do what, when I want and don't explain myself to anybody! To be fair though, I may have a telly bad flare once every three months or so but when it's bad it's crazy! Claire x


Hi Claire,

I had many unexplained problems as a child, but as records were not kept as in-depth as they are now my consultant won't confirm I had FMS as a child, but he does believe that it is a possibility.

I don't know how much you know about Fibro, but I hope this site can help you get an incite and any questions you ask someone will have an answer or at least an understanding.

I have had FMS for 27+ years and back then there was no help available like there is now.

We have to speak out, make people understand that this illness is real and how it impacts on our everyday life.

It doesn't just affect us but all those we love, they have to watch us suffer, until they can fully understand, they can't help us

On this site and others we can be there for each other and I for one love the fact I can help others so they don't suffer alone like i did.....

Yvonne xxxx


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