Blog Classic: July 22, 2009
When you have fibromyalgia (FMS) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS or ME/CFS), it can be hard to keep a sense of humor. Now and then, we need to make sure we're still able to laugh, and that we don't take ourselves too seriously -- one of my favorite movie quotes is from Steel Magnolias: "Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion."
Humor can even be a good way to get other people to drop that concerned, "How are you feeling?" approach you. After I'd gone public at work with being chronically ill (though still in search of a diagnosis, after several wrong ones), some people constantly asked about my health, while others avoided casual conversation. Then I saw a Halloween costume that was a beauty queen with the title Miss Diagnosed. I wore it to work on Halloween, made up to look even sicker than I really was, and carrying a bouquet of dead flowers. It was a huge hit, everyone laughed, and things were back to normal.
Toward adding some humor to your day, I've come up with and compiled some jokes that I hope will make you smile. Most of them work for both conditions -- just change it as needed.
- You know you've got brain fog when ... I'm sorry, what were we talking about?
- How do you snap someone out of brain fog? I'll tell you when it happens.
- You know you've got chronic fatigue syndrome when you wake up in the morning to get ready for your nap.
- You know you've got FMS when your cat thinks you spend too much time laying around in warm spots.
- How do you identify the grocery list of someone with ME/CFS? It's on the table at home.
- You know you've got fibromyalgia when you refer to Vicodin as "the mild stuff."
- I used to know a lot of jokes about ME/CFS, but I forgot them all.
You might have FMS/ME/CFS if:
- You've got your pharmacist on speed dial.
- You tell the cop you're driving slow because of the fog -- and it's sunny out.
- You fit the diagnostic criteria for both insomnia and narcolepsy.
- You've got more diagnoses than a nursing home.
- Your medical chart comes in several volumes.
- Old people avoid you because of how much you talk about your health.
If you have any to add, leave a comment below!
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