My clients suffering from Brain Fog due to mold or tickborne illness has devastating consequences for their treatment plans and recovery. Over the years I have witnessed the challenges, unpredictability and sudden onset of Brain Fog.
Brain fog, also known as brain fatigue, can range from mild to intense stages of confusion, lethargy and overall lack of focus. Poor memory and recall are common to people who suffer from Brain Fog.
Not only does a person with Lyme Disease have great trouble recalling memories from the recent and far past, but many time they’re not even able to make any to the extent that not only their brain should capable of, but even to a low degree at which they’d humbly accept given the circumstances. Such simple experiences such as meeting a person for the first time and remembering their name seem like an impossible task to do. Even after going through such lengths to be sure that they’ll remember a person’s name, they’re incapable of doing it; their brain simply won’t allow them to do so.
People who suffer from brain fog often tell me that it may take weeks, months or even years to schedule indoor air quality testing. The mental stress of coordinating effective remediation when there is an issue might delay the remediation entirely leading to sustained exposure to toxins in the home.
Family members, friends, physicians, and contractors should understand if someone they are trying to help has symptoms of Brain Fog. Extra patience is required to communicate clearly and effectively with kindness and empathy. It is not uncommon that I will have to repeat myself or our recommendations for remediation several times to our clients suffering from Brain Fog.
It is very important that people who suffer from Lyme or mold related illness understand potential environmental triggers in their home that could cause regression in their treatment and health.
Some triggers may include interior painting, new furniture, refinishing floors with polyurethane, musty odors from basement, Dirty Sock Syndrome, mold, perfumes, pets, new mattress, new car, interior renovations. Each trigger may be unique to that individual.
Indoor air quality testing for these triggers can help identify and correct sources. We encourage family members to assist in scheduling an experienced Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) to properly evaluate the indoor air quality for their loved ones suffering from tickborne and mold related illnesses.