How many spoons do you get a day? Huh? Spoons you say? Well let me tell you a little about spoons. They’re not just for eating with anymore.
I’m A Spoonie
First let me give you the rundown skinny on spoon theory. The term spoon theory is a metaphor used to describe the amount of mental and physical energy a person (who usually has some form of chronic illness} (in my case fibromyalgia, chronic pain) has available to complete daily tasks, and activities of daily living.
Spoon theory is a way to describe to people the idea of limited energy as a unit of energy. It’s hard for those of us with chronic illness to describe to others how we feel, how difficult it is to get through daily living activities, or even getting out.
Gather some spoons from your kitchen, I don’t know how many you grabbed. But here goes. Remember everyone with chronic illness is different, and may process throughout their day differently.
Take away 1 spoon for each of the following activities.
- Getting out of bed, walking to the kitchen and get coffee
- Get dressed
- Take my dog outside ( I’m so tired (rest)
- Any cleaning I decide to do (could be one thing)(rest)
- Get in the car and drive to my friend house
- Visit with friend
I’m completely done for now, the pain is to great. Moreover, my spoons are all gone. And I still haven’t eaten dinner, or got a shower yet? Maybe I won’t get one today. Thank goodness for Wal-Mart grocery pick up. It’s a toss up if I will write or blog today. And , I do my Bible studies, immerse myself in His word, and be still in God’s presence throughout the day.
I call them my “tireds” fatigue comes on suddenly or can last all day, I feel like I could drop over at any minute. I have to sit down, and at least lay my head back for a bit. Or take a nap, Oh I enjoy naps. Chronic pain and fibromyalgia are always there in varying intensities. Some days so tearful. I may even nod off sitting talking to you when one of my “tireds” comes on. Please understand I’m really not being rude. I may have to cancel plans I made with you, but we will plan again and make them up. My daily spoons vary. But I never have enough. Everything I do costs me a spoon. Even the smallest of tasks or fun.
Can I have more spoons?
The spoon theory was developed by Christine Miserandino. You can learn more about spoon theory here https://butyoudontlooksick.com/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory/
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