Spoon Theory, Spoonie, Spooning

Spoon Theory, Spoonie, Spooning

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Spoon Theory, Spoonie, Spooning

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"Spoon Theory" from Christine Miserandino:

To share with loved ones (or anyone) trying to understand the depth of exhaustion, fatigue, lack of energy that accompanies chronic illness/ autoimmune conditions.

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Christine Miserandino (CM) reads her "Spoon Theory":

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  • "Spoon Theory" brief explanation ( en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spo... ):

    "The spoon theory is a disability metaphor used to explain the reduced amount of energy available for activities of daily living and productive tasks that may result from disability or chronic illness. Spoons are an intangible unit of measurement used to track how much energy a person has throughout a given day. Each activity requires a given number of spoons, which will only be replaced as the person "recharges" through rest. A person who runs out of spoons has no choice but to rest until their spoons are replenished.

    One of the tenets of the spoon theory is that many people with disabilities or chronic illness must carefully plan their daily activities to conserve their spoons, while most people without any disabilities or chronic illnesses do not need to worry about running out.[1] Because healthy people do not feel the impact of spending spoons for mundane tasks such as bathing and getting dressed, they may not realize the amount of energy expended by chronically ill or disabled people to get through the day.[2]

    Spoons are widely discussed within autoimmune, disability, and other chronic illness communities,[3][4] but the concept of spoons is otherwise considered a neologism. The term Spoonie is sometimes used to refer to a person with a chronic illness that can be explained with the spoon theory.[2]"

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  • Supplemental info on Christine Miserandino's (CM's) "Spoon Theory":

    🎀 CM's full, written "Spoon Theory" from ButYouDontLookSick website: butyoudontlooksick.com/arti...

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    🎀 CM's videos:

    butyoudontlooksick.com/cate...

    m.youtube.com/channel/UCbbM...

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    🎀 CM's Pictarams:

    pictaram.com/media/10185134...

    pictaram.com/user/butyoudon...

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    🎀 "Spoon Theory" search results in:

    • HU forums: healthunlocked.com/search/s...

    • Google: google.ca/search?as_q=&as_e...

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  • Thank you

  • Very welcome, bradfordjoanna. 🙏 ☺️

    Bit of fun with 'simulation suits' below if that type of thing interests you. 👍

  • I loved this brilliant story. It is really hard for people to understand without personal experience, but at least this gives them a baseline, huh?

    BTW - Really cute picture too!

  • Precisely, CaerylUSA! 👍

    A baseline indeed. 👍

    [Even as it was happening to me, I couldn't understand it, grasp it -- never mind try to explain it to anyone else -- (even nearest & dearest) who witnessed it! 😳 😬 😂 Can't imagine anyone who's never experienced, observed, or heard about it to truly grasp it.]

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    They are so cute . . adorable . . . "nibble-able" -- conveniently stacked like a shish kabob 🍢 (& perhaps just as tasty 😋 😳 😆 🙃 ).

    [More (delectable) cuties above under "Spooning".]

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  • Other creations (Age Simulation Suits) that attempt to convey physical impairments of 'aging', declining health -- debilitations of RA & other crippling diseases:

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    Age Simulation Suit - Walking in our patients' shoes:

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    Age simulation suit shows healthcare professionals what it's like being old:

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    Introducing The Genworth R70 Age Simulation Suit:

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    Perhaps these types of ingenious contraptions give able-bodied folks a glimpse -- a tiny taste -- of disability. 😳 😱 🙃

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    Fortunately, no one's required to sleep in these simulation suits -- thereby missing the more unrelenting, 'round-the-clock' experience. 😳 🙃

    Could you imagine that?! 😂

    Perhaps too (cruel? inhumane?) heavy a dose of reality⁉️ 😳 😱 😂

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    Also, these suits don't appear to (yet) be able to 'simulate' chronic fatigue (which CM's 'Spoon Theory' addresses), brain fog, nor unrelenting pain . . . 😳 😱 😂

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    Perhaps additional implements may help convey a more full experience:

    🔪 🔨 🗜 ⛏ 📌 ⚒ 🔥 ❄️ 💥

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    😂 😂 😂

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    [Sorry, sorry . . . odd sense of humour . . . 😳 🙃 😂 ]

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    Oh, just noticed acronym for Age Simulation Suit is: 🌙🌙

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    😳 😄 🙃

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    Hmm . . . What about renaming to Age-Related Simulation Endevour . . . 🤔

    (Hmm . . . guess that doesn't quite work either . . . 😉 )

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  • Ha ha ha - I dunno - I really like the other implements!

  • Don't know of this would be taking it too far:

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    💣💥 . . . 💥🔫 . . . 🚬 ☠ . . . 🍸🍾

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    (Perhaps a bit heavy handed. 😳 🙃 😁 )

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    🙈 🙉 🙊

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    😂 🐒

  • Established that number of spoons identifies amount of energy: thumbpress.com/wp-content/u...

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    Wonder if size of spoon affects level of energy? 🤔

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    Cereal spoon: previews.123rf.com/images/k...

    Soup spoon: erstarnews.com/wp-content/u...

    Wonton spoon: 3.bp.blogspot.com/-5N1_fVda...

    Fruit spoon: andoutcomethetimberwolves.f...

    Meat spoon: 3.bp.blogspot.com/_f02pKKs1...

    Kibble spoon: 3.bp.blogspot.com/_f02pKKs1...

    All-purpose spoon: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipe...

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    For a 'burst of energy'? sarahsnotebook.co.uk/wp-con...

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