Are You A Caregiver Who Struggles With Brain Fog?

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      Colleen Steele
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      Brain fog can be a side-effect of medication, caused by exhaustion and stress, a symptom of PH and/or an effect of a coexisting condition. Most PH patients have dealt with brain fog in one form or another, but what about caregivers?

      Caregivers certainly experience their share of exhaustion, stress and emotional fatigue and when they do, it has been my experience that it can bring on the brain fog.

      I often catch myself — or am caught by others — repeating myself, forgetting what I was about to do, and losing my train of thought. A few times a day is tolerable but more than that is usually an indication that it’s time for me to take a mental health break. I will put off what I can and spend that time resting.

      Are you a caregiver who struggles with brain fog? Share your experiences and tips on how you deal with it.

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      Jen Cueva
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      Hi @colleensteele, yes, brain fog is common for PH patients and caregivers. For caregivers, I think that overdoing and not sleeping well or pure exhaustion leads to brain fog.

      With caregivers trying to balance so many tasks. They often neglect adequate nutrition, too, which can contribute to brain fog.

      I’m a PH patient who experiences brain fog daily. But working in nursing, I often found many of my caregivers were neglecting themselves, and their top complaint or excuse was not enough time, or “I got busy and forgot.”

      Are you a caregiver who finds those comments relatable?

      Speaking for Manny, he often neglects himself when he’s so concerned about me. If I’m in the hospital and not cooking, etc. He often needs reminders to eat, and at times, he says he can’t.

      Your suggestion of taking mental health breaks is excellent. I would add getting adequate nutrition and asking for help, which is easier said than done.

      Grabbing a smoothie, fruit, or a handful of nuts, etc., are a few things to grab on the go.

      My mom has always been terrible with drinking water and needs those reminders (she cared for my late stepdad and grandma). That can contribute to brain fog too. When I call, I still ask her if she has her water near her.

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