On some February nights a fog may roll in to cloud some Canadian cities and towns. At twilights such as these, it is important to pay attention, to focus on one thing at a time, memoryand to drive home soon to relax in safe, sweet slumber.

Lupus patients can experience a fog of their own, in neurological manifestations that lead to memory loss often referred to as “Lupus fog.” People with Lupus can experience bouts of memory loss, headaches, strokes and cognitive dysfunction, which generally means difficulty concentrating or reasoning. These symptoms arise when Lupus affects the body’s nervous system. Not to worry, however, this “fog” behaves like all Lupus symptoms, and

wax and wane with time, management, and a healthy lifestyle.

If you ever find yourself behind a brick wall searching for hidden words or unable to wrap your hands around a nearby memory, here are a few ways to find a path around the obstruction and get a firm grasp.

  1. First, get a physical exam to cross out any other medical condition for memory loss. Your medical professional can rule out other possible causes, like medication or more serious cognitive disorders, to reach the root of the problem.
  2. Keep a pen and paper handy to write everything down. Whether you have sticky notes as wallpaper or lists of lists, writing down information will help you remember and serve as a visual reminder.
  3. Get technological! Set reminders on your cell. Smartphones are bursting with memory apps to help you remember the little things. Set alarms. Send text messages to yourself.
  4. Take care of yourself. Make exercise, a balanced diet, and sleep your best friends. This will keep your body in optimum shape and help prevent fog flares.
  5. Focus on one thing at a time. Try not to multitask and be mindful of every activity, conversation, or image that comes and goes in a day. Practicing mindfulness will also aid with inner peace and relieving stress.

Practice forgiveness. Learn to forgive others when they do not understand you. Just as you do, they may waiver in patience too. Learn to forgive yourself. Don’t judge yourself too harshly when you can’t think of things. It is not your fault.