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What the heck is a spoonie and other metaphors

What the heck is a spoonie and other metaphors

October 27, 2020

What the heck is a spoonie? You've probably seen it in Hashtags, the word #Spoonie.  It came from a conversation about what it is like to live with a chronic illness or invisible illness, Christine Miserandino from ButYouDontLookSick.com had during a dinner with a college friend. What about other metaphors for Spoon Theory such as gas tanks and traffic lights.
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Crisis management plan

June 12, 2019

....When I eat I can take my medications and hopefully my pain levels will reduce somewhat. But when the pain is just too much, I resort to Cadbury's Milk Chocolate and instant Cup-a-Soups. I make the soups up in one of my travel mugs so it stays warmer; giving me longer to slowly sip.

I use a TENS machine on many different points to reduce my pain levels and give me back some movement. Drug free options are always helpful.

 

When I know my movemen...

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When you feel too sick too cook

When you feel too sick too cook

November 08, 2018

One of the biggest challenges for people with chronic illness and chronic pain, is when you feel unable to cook or prepare your own fresh food.

After a particularly bad pain flare, days long migraine or long bout of viral illness when you have been unable to get out to shops for any fresh food. Or you have fresh food but no energy or ability to prepare it. What do you do? What are some solutions?...

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Physical self care with Chronic Health Conditions

Physical self care with Chronic Health Conditions

June 29, 2018

Don't beat yourself up or your mental health will decline as well. I think that we all know that depression just makes everything so much harder.

I use my chest freezer and have embraced freezer cooking. Besides some pre-made heat and eat meals I have made up from cooking in bulk and freezing in portions. I have uncooked preprepared vegetables in sauces, sometimes with chopped or sliced meats, ready to drop into a crockpot or the pressure cooker. If I know early in the day, I can de...

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Information for Medical Emergencies

Information for Medical Emergencies

May 14, 2018

During a medical emergency there is some information which is lifesaving and other information which, while nice to know, is not essential.

So what information do paramedics and emergency first responders need to know during life threatening emergencies?

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