The spoon theory is a perfect way to describe the struggle you can have managing your life and setting priorities when there isn't enough energy to last. Or when certain things will cause you pain the next day. Sometimes you can use adrenaline to get things done when you are feeling a bit better, but then you need to decide how far is pushing too far, because you are always ALWAYS stealing spoons from another day. And it is difficult because sometimes tasks that seem easy can be just too much, when other things aren't and not everyone gets it. Having to deal with life this way, always counting spooms, can cause anxiety when younare running out but you can't stop. Because of the physical and mental stress. And the anxiety makes everything worse. I could go on and on, but really the spoon theory is a good way to sexcribe life for me. The number of spoons you start with each day, also depends on your psychological state as well.
Wayne41, it's never easy to put it into words. How do you explain something to someone when they don't experience it. I say to people, think of the worst injury you ever had, now think of how bad the pain was, multiply that 10 times over (at least) and have it EVERY day without respite... they get it then!! Sending well wishes and positive vibes your way. 💕😊
I agree completely with how Asia described it ... Another factor in play is the brain fog ... Which is why "Thank you Asia for clearly explaining that so I don't have to lose a spoon trying .. owe you a spoon"
I'm feeling very confused and a little stupid here as I don't know what the Spoon Theory is? The last few days I feel like I'm in a daze or foggy or walking at tth bbttom of tth ocean....hard to explain but nothing wants to sink in!!! Could someone please explain it to me in a very basic and easy to understand way please? Much appreciated xx
Sezzy, if you search earlier threads there is a link posted to get you to the full explanation of the Spoon Theory. It's explained in detail and is easy to grasp. If you can't find it, I'll go look for it for you. 💕😊
Sexy, in short the spoon theory is a term chronic pain patients use to explain our available engery. For example you may wake up with five spoons but u take a shower they uses one. If you have to run an errand or make a call thsts one more. Yiu make lunch there goes two. So basically, most days we wake up with fewer spoons the. The day before.
Thank you newfibrogirl, I was looking at previous posts earlier but I seemed to get more confused! Nothing new there I'm always confused and forgetful recently!!!! That definitely sounds about right.....here are days I'm so wiped out that I'm bearley functioning where I've used soo many spoons from future days that my body can't physically do any more!
Google it. The original thing is by Christine.. I don't remember her last name but it starts with an M. you can read it on her Web page and probably reading the original will help more than anything else.
I use the spoon theory to describe my physical state and my emotional one. My physical spoons are fairly limited and the amount I have for the day is different. I may be so fatigued and in pain that I may only have 2 spoons. Those two spoons can go towards showering, grocery shopping, doctor appointments, hanging out with friends etc. I don't really gain physical spoons, even after I nap. Once I'm out of spoons theyre gone and I'm in bed or on the couch for the rest of the day. My emotional spoons are very different. I can regain spoons simply by taking some time. Like if I have a very difficult discussion with someone and I'm out of spoons all I need is a little bit of time for my brain to process. It isn't often that my emotional spoons get in the way of my every day life.
I like spoon theory. I only use it with other Spoonies. Normally they get it. What causes me to lose sounds is a high pain day, going outside my normal day to day routine, not eating, emotional days drain me to. Keeping my spoons means planning what I can do and can't. Planning what can and can't wait.
It is and people keep trying to tell me that TN pain ISN'T constant that it comes and goes when I tell them that's not how it is for me the PAIN IS CONSTANT they just don't believe me! Do you get the same response MrsInvisiBell?
Sezzy I don't. I haven't has to defend my pain much. I have had a Dr try to tell me what the characteristics were once but I didn't pay him any attention. They haven't done their research. My pain is ever present. When it's not the meds are doing extremely well. Lol
Pinterest, I think. I put the "Today" list in a clear plastic frame and used a dry erase marker on it daily and placed it in a common area so everyone could see what to expect from me. I also made this handmade chart and "spoons" with my younger boys when they were 6 and 8 to get them involved - they really got it. My youngest told me I could borrow some of his spoons when I ran out. 💕
I just love the spoon theory. Despite, I don't know anything in special that makes me gain spoons. But I always think twice before doing something, cause each attitude of mine will cost spoons throughout the day. That's what I do, thinking about the 2nd question. Saying in other words, my time is precious, and I need to value it by choosing important things to do. Otherwise I will spend all spoons on things I wouldn't need and would end up having no spoons for what really matters.