Help for Cog Fog

When I find something that actually helps with a symptom – or generally with dealing with life with MS – I have to share it.  I’ve found something that has really made a difference for one of my most persistent and maddening symptoms:  cog fog.  You know the one – where your right in the middle of making a point and you suddenly can’t remember what you’re talking about, or you can’t find a word that you KNOW, but you don’t know RIGHT NOW.  Or, in my case, I was looking at the man I had spent many years with, had had children with, had sat next to when I got my diagnosis for that stupid disease (what’s it called?!?!), but I can’t remember his name.  UGH.

I happened on this product purely by accident.  I was listening to a podcast and the guest mentioned how much energy he was getting from utilizing the Bulletproof Coffee method.  WHAT?!?!  Energy?  YES – I. NEED. ENERGY.  I did some research on this Bulletproof Coffee method and learned that there is a whole methodology behind it.  They offer specific coffee that has been grown and handled in a very specific way so as to not have any mold in the coffee (coffee has mold?!).  Then, they take this special coffee, combine it with (stay with me now) BUTTER (yep, the kind you put on toast).  Actually, it’s specific butter – only from grass fed beef – but I find it at my regular grocery store.   And, unsalted, because who wants salty coffee?  THEN – and here’s the secret sauce as far as I’m concerned – you add BRAIN OCTANE (do you hear the angels singing?).  You put this concoction into your blender (I use a Ninja and I love it) and you whip it up.  It looks like a latte when you’re all done.  And it tastes – surprisingly good!  It’s very satisfying and filling.  I’ve written in the past about Dr. David Perlmutter (world-renowned neurologist, specializing in nutrition and brain health) and his views on eating (or drinking) the RIGHT fats for our brains.  He, too, recommends Bulletproof Coffee.

Brain Hacking

Ok – I’m going to cop to the fact that I like to shortcut things – and find the kernel – or nugget – of something that works for me – and, perhaps, chuck the rest.  Such is the case with the Bulletproof Coffee craze.  While I recommend you do your research and even try the full on method – I found that I got all kinds of benefit out of just adding the BRAIN OCTANE to my regular coffee.  Mold be damned – I just need that extra kick of the BRAIN OCTANE to help me with energy and focus.  Yep – both!  It’s crazy.  I add it to my coffee every morning (along with the butter), and I have sustained energy and I’m focused and am not wasting time with word-fishing or an inability to stay on track (or even remember where in the hell I was driving!!).  I recommend you give it a try.  Just like our shared disease, each person will likely have a different response to this product.  Click on the Brain Octane link and you can read a TON of reviews people have written about their experienes.  I’ll also share that for me, there was a cumulative effect.  In other words, I didn’t notice an immediate difference.  It took a week or so.  And to be honest, I didn’t REALLY notice it, until I went away for a weekend and didn’t bring it with me.  I was immediately back to stumbling over my own sluggish brain and feeling like I needed a nap shortly after I got up in the morning.

I am sharing this information in hopes that it will make an impact on your quality of life as it has for me.  I’ve linked the phrase “BRAIN OCTANE” to Amazon.com, where I am an affiliate.  This means that if you purchase it through that link, I’ll get a small commission.  There is no difference in price to you and I would never promote anything that I hadn’t tried myself and found success.  In fact, that’s why I’m even writing about it.  It helps me – I hope it will help you.  If you’re more comfortable purchasing it separately, please do so.  I just want you to realize the benefit of a product that has made a difference in my life.  If you try this out, please let me know of your results – either here, under this post in the comment section, or on our Facebook page.  Knowledge is power.  Let’s share it!!

 

 

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Disabled Parking Placards and Other Indignities

Today my updated “Virginia Permanent Disabled Parking Placard” arrived in the mail.  This is the update from the original that I begrudgingly ordered 5 years ago.  I remember being so mad that I “had” to get this very visible sign of my invisible disease.  It just seemed like both a personal affront and an admission of epic proportion at the time.  I had put it off as long as I could.  My doctor had suggested it to me when I told him that my fatigue was making my job more difficult. At that time, I was a marketing rep for a physical therapy company which meant that I drove all over the place and met with doctors and their staffs.  It meant a lot of walking, and oftentimes parking a good distance from the office I was going in to.  My doctor tried to explain to me that this would help me conserve energy and that I needed to think in those terms now.  I always liked to park quite a distance from where I was going, just to get the exercise.  I also always took the steps instead of the elevator for the same reason.  These “healthy habits” were eating into my limited daily allotted energy.  Just parking closer could actually keep me going longer.  It could allow me to keep my job and better utilize my energy. And so I “accepted it” (sort of).  I only used it when I was having a really bad day.  I wanted to leave those parking spots open for people who had real issues.

And so it goes – things progress and I’ve learned to accept my placard as a gift (a necessary evil, yes, but also a gift).  I still downplay my need for it.  I use it only when I’m having a bad day, though those seem to be more frequent now then 5 years ago.  I blame the aging process for some of my need for this “help” as well.  Anything but give MS a win.  I realize that there is power in acceptance, and how much “digging in your heels” can zap your energy.  So – I accept and appreciate my little blue hanging tag for my windshield.  I’m still upright, I’m still driving, I’m still kicking MS’s ass – and intend to do so for a very long time.  Using something like a placard can actually help make that plan a reality.  Indignity be damned.  I’ll embrace it, use it and thrive, in part, because of it!  Are there any “helpful devices” that you’ve been slow to embrace (perhaps due to pride)?  Please share your experiences in the comment section below this post.

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Multiple Sclerosis News Update

 

Multiple SclerosisNews Update

 

LOADS of MS information in this post.  Find what’s interesting to you and click the link to read the article.  Enjoy!! […]

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FUMS 006 – Erin Clayton, Raising Money and Awareness of Multiple Sclerosis

Erin Clayton - FUMS Now Podcast

http://traffic.libsyn.com/fumsnow/FUMS_006_-_Erin_Clayton_Raising_Money_and_Awareness_of_Multiple_Sclerosis.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOn today’s episode, we’ll meet Erin Clayton, a fellow MS’er who views her diagnosis as a blessing in disguise. WHAT?? I know – I’ll ask her about that! She was diagnosed 8 years ago and since, has raised over $200,000 for […]

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Multiple Sclerosis News Update

Multiple Sclerosis News

  I’m starting a new feature here at FUMS – “Multiple Sclerosis News Update.”  I’ll provide the headlines and the links to the most compelling stories in the Multiple Sclerosis world in the past 2 weeks.  Please let me know whether or not this is of value to you.  Leave me a message in the […]

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