Hello all- I see a lot of this discussion has evolved into answering my reference to the grammar as being "simple." First of all, I did not mean to offend anyone! But I'm glad I precipitated this discussion because not only do I now understand some other PWCs experiences better, but ironically I had the same experience only I completely forgot about it until I read Alex's response to my post! I used to be a computer programmer. In 1991 suddenly I couldn't think - nothing was logical anymore. I would look at the specifications and the lines of code I was supposed to modify and I had no idea what to do! It simply didn't make sense anymore! This passed however (though it did lead to my being forced to stop working). Since at the time I had no idea that CFS existed and psychiatrists had convinced me my health problems were psychiatric (not too bright of me, huh?), I never emphasized this symptom when discussing it with CFS specialists later. My manifestations are so overwhelmingly physical that the cognitive stuff is dwarfed by comparison, especially the historical symptoms that are no longer bothering me. I also went through a period of years in the early 90s when I often became disoriented as to where I was especially when it was dark. I was able to cope with that by never driving anywhere at night that wasn't totally familiar. I have my neurological issues still; insomnia, early awakening, difficulty concentrating, forgetting a thought I had literally one second later, hand tremoring, POTS, bouts of depression, and light, noise and odor/chemical sensitivity. I also can't remember people that I've met only once before, There is something amiss with my facial recognition abilities. Thinking a lot and trying to learn new things is overwhelming, but I still feel capable, just easily worn out by it. In that sense it may be inextricably intertwined with my profound lack of energy. I cannot tell because when I feel better, I feel like a different person and my brain processes faster as well. I am totally bedridden now and must lie flat all the time, so I have my laptop in bed, lie on my side and type with my right hand only. I've never considered myself much of a writer, but do find that like Sing, I am enjoying the process of trying to find the right words to express and clarify my symptoms and experiences and hopefully contribute something to the discussions here rather than just feeding off everyone else's efforts and knowledge. My energy to contribute however is extremely limited so I post only occassionally because it requires so much effort to make my post clear. I have learned a great deal about my illness from all of you generously posting your experiences. I thank you for that. Again, if I have offended anyone, I apologize. :Retro redface: It was not my intent. I was just trying to help.