Living with ME/CFS is… Say it again, please? I don’t understand…
One of the most important characteristics of ME/CFS is "impaired cognitive functioning", such as problems with understanding. It is even one of the criteria which doctors will use to make the diagnosis. (See also the Health Council's advice on ME/CFS, March 2018.)
It takes me more time to understand what people are saying, even when we talk small talk. Sometimes I hear people talking, but the words don't want to form understandable sentences. I know people are speaking plain Dutch, but my brain pretends to be spoken at in a foreign language.
Or someone explains something to me and I do know it is not complicated, but I don't seem to be able to understand what they are saying. A very weird sensation!
I have always been a fast and creative thinker, but since the ME/CFS I have been so much slower than before. It feels like there is syrup inside my head. I used to have this sensation sometimes when I felt like crap after a party that went on until the morning hours. Now it is how I feel on regular days: my head always feels fogged (but unfortunately without the party before).