This is sort of a blog, and sort of a request. As I've mentioned in passing a few times, I have big plans for some training at work! I've been put in charge of 'Learning & Development' (my boss has finally noticed the low morale, and this is the only thing that she can afford to provide to try to lift it), something which is both interesting and frustrating, depending on how thick the fibro-fog is! My last presentation on lymphoedema was a nightmare, as I kept umming and forgetting my thread, even though I'd spent 3 months researching it and putting it together.
My next self-set big project is on arthritis & related conditions, and my hope is to do a brief presentation giving facts and figures on RA, PA, AS, fibro, SLE, and PMR. I'd like to follow this by a longer session on chronic pain, the effects of this on a person's quality of life, and how it impacts their ability to care for themselves, their financial situation, their relationships with others, and their emotional wellbeing. I know from experience that, as healthcare professionals, it's easy to assume that everyone can do what we can do, but I'm seeing life from the other side now, and what used to be easy is now a major - and often impossible - chore.
I've already planned to give everyone in the team a small bag of plastic spoons (I've toyed with the idea of giving some more than others, so that it makes the point even more obvious) to demonstrate Spoon Theory, and I have received permission from TeaDrinker (on the Pain Concern forum) to use a very well-written blog on the subject. So, I suppose what I'm asking is for any ideas you can give me on how to format this to make the biggest impact on my nice, healthy colleagues! I've picked up a lot of information on financial impacts from the ongoing struggles to claim benefits, which I would like to say will not be used directly, merely drawn upon for information. I will never use anyone's posts etc. without asking for and receiving permission via PM. But anything you can suggest would be helpful - I'm somewhat new to this fibro lark, and have barely got used to having to rest after a shower, or being exhausted for a week after a family event, or not being able to stand for longer than a few minutes at a time!