This week me and Dizzy have been contemplating the Spoon Theory! With our new job we haven’t had enough energy to be keeping up with our little blog. This has made us think about the Spoon Theory and how it helps explain the lack of energy that comes with chronic illness.
So what is the Spoon Theory?
- The Spoon Theory is a theory invented by Christine Miserandino.
- It is used to help describe what life is like with a chronic illness and the limited energy that comes with it.
- People that use the Spoon Theory are called Spoonies! 🙂
- The idea is that each day you start off with a certain number of spoons and each mental or physical activity uses up a number of these spoons!
- When these have run out you are out of energy to complete anything else. You can sometimes borrow spoons to do more but this means you will then be using up spoons from the next day!
- Every day has to be carefully planned to ensure your spoons last you the whole day. This will mean many things won’t get done as you just don’t have the amount of spoons required to do everything that you would like too.
- Each day you might have a different number of spoons and your spoon count can change during the day. You might suddenly lose them all after only doing a small task!
Dizzy thought to help people understand she would show you how she uses her spoons in an average day. 🙂
A day in the life of a spoonie Dizzy 🙂
Today Dizzy has 12 spoons!
Activity one= Waking up and having a little brush
After waking up Dizzy gets ready for the day by having a little brush (or a sneaky nibble at her brush when she thinks I’m not looking). 🙂
Waking up and having a little brush=2 spoons
Activity 2= Dizzy refusing to eat her carrots
Dizzy did actually look at her carrots this morning! But that was before she nibbled at one, spat it out and spent the next ten minutes pretending she couldn’t see them….
Dizzy refusing to eat her carrots=1 spoon
Activity 3= Going on a little adventure around the garden with her donkey friends
Dizzy’s friends haven’t quite got the hang of the Spoon Theory yet and Dizzy’s hoping this post will help them to understand it. We do now have a lot of spoons in the kitchen though. They keep bringing them!
Going on a little adventure around the garden with her donkey friends=5 spoons
Activity 4= Eating brownies!
Dizzy loves her brownies! And I gave in getting worried she would be hungry after her adventure round the garden. I left the carrots there just in case she changed her mind!
Eating brownies=2 spoons
Activity 5= Dizzy checking her twitter page
Dizzy loves twitter! She will either be posting pictures of todays brownies or looking at tweets of other peoples brownies… Looks like she’s even got crumbs on the laptop!
Checking her twitter page=1 spoon ( and Dizzy’s realised there’s only one left)
Activity 6= Getting tucked up into bed
Dizzy’s been good today and remembered that she needs to save a spoon for getting into bed! Even this takes up some of her energy.
Getting tucked up into bed=1 spoon
This is Dizzy’s day with her 12 spoons. If you had only 12 spoons to get through the day with what would you do with them? 🙂 Would your day look like Dizzy’s? xxx