I’ve been working working diligently on getting a new website up and running. It’s taken me days. Lots of ’em. Too many of ’em. It’s likely I’ve looked at, re-read, and probably rewritten the site for weeks. I should go live in San Fran; sometimes I feel so efen foggy.
Good news to know that even physically healthy people are becoming cognitively overloaded with the barrage of info coming at us 24/7. A recent Newsweek cover story called it “brain freeze”. Welcome to the world of invisible chronic illness: I can think of lots and lots of us who have felt brain freeze far longer than the Internet or smart phones have been around.
Wanna play “Invisible Disability Statues”? I know you don’t, but go along with this, okay? Okay. Turn on the t.v., loud. Plug in one of those over-the-ear-thingies-that-make-you-look-like-you’re-talkin’-to-yourself-about-big-Billy’s-birthday-party-while-you’re-choosin’-chicken-at-foodland. Have some mp tracks groovin’ in your other ear. Now do some finger-tweeting on your iPad that just became obsolete and pop some Cheetos.
Got it? Yeah. You did that good. Like the Airplane says, feed your head.
That’s the way the head trip feels if you have fibro or m.s. or lupus or chemo-brain or ptsd or adhd or early-stage dementia or any of the tons of invisible disabilities that affect cognitive functioning like memory, word finding, understanding, thinking, concentrating, and more. Having your mind work that hard is exhausting.
You know from your own experience that when you’re overloaded like that, adding ONE MORE THING is like being pushed over the edge. Not tuning in when your partner has dropped out guarantees that no one is get turned on.
Good to know that being too “plugged in” can have such cognitive effects (like it was a big secret anyway) and even better to know you can change your life to stop it.
Too bad we can’t.
Overloaded? Yell for HELP today, disabled or not. Call Kathe today, 719.598.6232
Categories: Effect of invisible (hidden) disability on relationship
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