Brain Fog and Your Acoustic Neuroma…Navigating the Cloud

We have all been there. As we are recovering from our treatment we seem to experience it. Things we used to do or say before are now just a little bit off. The world seems to require us to be multitaskers more and more but if you have brain fog, it is more difficult. Especially if you are recovering from treatment from your Acoustic Neuroma.

It could have been from adjusting to SSD (Single Sided Deafness) or the fatigue my body was going through from the recent brain surgery. Here is what my brain fog was like:

Filter? What Filter!

After my surgery I felt that I would just say what I felt and I didn’t care who was in the room. My brain fog made me less aware and definitely less patient, mostly with myself. I couldn’t get the words out fast enough so I guess cursing the words out of my mouth was the way to go? My personality was temporarily changed and not for the better!

Your Memory Seems to Fail

At least for me, it wasn’t long held memories but more recent ones that you would normally take for granted. My wife and I had a good laugh when I was recovering. I received a phone call from her Uncle Greg and I couldn’t put two and two together. I said “Who is this? I don’t know any Greg!” It’s like living in a cognitive cloud where all your memories are there but they are not. I guess we could call it Schrodinger’s Brain LOL.

Confusion Says….

This is definitely related to your new normal, especially if you have Single Sided Deafness. Your brain is trying very hard to process your surroundings. With a combination of trying to understand what is being said to you while localizing sound and trying desperately to block out background noise, you can easily get confused and frustrated. I found that after my first surgery this happened to me a lot. I was lucky that I was able to take a few months from work and start going in part-time at first. It really helped with this.

Your Focus Needs More Focus

I found that I was easily distracted when trying to focus on tasks. I think for me it the SSD was the culprit again. I felt like Homer Simpson (you know the episode where “a dog with a puffy tail” distracts him from his focus. It has actually become an expression in our household! Realizing whats going on and recalibrating your thoughts to your new normal is what did it for me. It takes time but now I am pretty good. At least I can say I get distracted about the same amount as I used to before the surgery :p

Hopefully any of you that has experienced brain fog it was temporary. Your brain needs to adjust to what you went through. My proof is that that after my second surgery my recovery was a lot quicker. My Neurophysiologist explained to me that my cerebellum did most of the adjustments after the first surgery. It was true! My balance and strength seemed to be better off already. Even my Brain Fog!

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