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"Cogno" Smogno

  • By Cheryl Long

    All of my life I have been able to gain employment and keep employment. Then diagnosed in 2012 and I’m living in a smog now. I am finally able to recognize it. I’m not the superwomen I use to be. I cannot interview for positions for which I am qualified for. So now what? if I apply for something I am less qualified for, it will only bring my self esteem lower than it’s ever been. After so many interviews I have had, how do I feed my family now? Is there any medication I can take to enhance my cognitive difficulties? I’m bored with being home. When I was at the top of my game I was known as a powerhouse and brilliant. My colleagues use to look up to me, now I am nothing but a whiney always complaining marshmallow. All I can say is that living in this fog is no fun at all. I know all the answers and I prepare myself prior to interviews and then I get on the phone and bungle it every time. What is wrong with me?

  • By Lisa Emrich Moderator

    Hi Cheryl,
    I’m sorry that you are going through this right now. You could talk to your neurologist about working with a neuropsychologist for cognitive rehabilitation. Perhaps there are specific things you could do to help maximize your abilities. Also, there is a medication for fatigue (Nuvigil) that some patients report helps them to think more clearly. It’s worth asking your doctor about that or other drug options.
    Best wishes,

  • By flynace67

    Hi Cheryl,

    I’m sorry I don’t have any answers for you, but I feel your pain. It’s not fun and it’s super hard to realize your abilities are fading. That has happened to me just this year and I was diagnosed 15 years ago. I lost a good job and am having trouble finding a new one. It is discouraging, but I keep my head up and keep trying. To make matters worse, I am 49 and after putting off finishing college to marry and have a family, I finally finished school this year, while still working, and now it feels that the degree will be worthless cause I cannot find a job, lol.