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Conundrum - Hawk's Eyrie
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merhawk
merhawk
Conundrum
Issue: I dislike the Spoons analogy.
Problem: Despite my dislike, it's still the easiest explanation I can make.

I don't like it for essentially 2 reasons:
1) For various reasons, I feel that I'm not "qualified" to use it. Which is absurd; I've got plenty of invisible chronic pain issues, even if I have (and will hopefully again) gone months or years without significant pain issues.

2) It's overly simplistic. Yes, I know that's the beauty of it. However, for me, there's two elements to my day to day issues: how much energy do I have & how high are my pain levels.

I can have significant pain levels, and plenty of energy. Conversely, I can have minimal pain levels and no energy. While they do partially synchronize, they don't always. I need an analogy that takes multiple vectors into account. I just don't know what that analogy is.

In other news, I think last week was my sweet spot in pain management; I'd been off my feet long enough that the left foot was barely aching, and the right foot was healed enough to not be hurting much. Unless I walked more than a half-mile, in which case I'd lose both my pain-free state & my energy level. Even so, it was pretty sweet.

Now... now the left foot is just hurting constantly. There's not much more I can do (without trying to get narcotic level drugs, which I'm not doing) to take the edge off the pain. And the surgery on the left foot isn't going to be until the 25th of March. I know BF & Corwin keep trying to remind me that it's only about another month, but that's not helping this time. I used that mantra over New Year's to make it through to the first surgery. It's not helping as much this time.

It's going to be quite fun for everyone when I go back to work full-time in about 2 weeks. I predict my crank level going up about 30 fold. If I like you, I give you my apologizes in advance for my crankiness.

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some_other_dave From: some_other_dave Date: February 18th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
What is "the spoons analogy"?
merhawk From: merhawk Date: February 18th, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
The Spoon Theory came about when a woman with Lupus was trying to describe to her friend what her day(s) were like.

It's overly simplistic. There's criticism that it also makes those who have chronic issues seem like they are more fragile than they are. There's something to that; however, I think that it's more the author's choice of what she describes as taking up your "spoons" that can lead to that particular issue with the analogy.
slothman From: slothman Date: February 18th, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
I find spoon theory useful as a metaphor for looking at executive function energy reserves— I don’t have to manage chronic pain, but I can still find myself running low on spoons in the course of a day after dealing with enough interruptions, frustrations, etc. For me, “spoon” is just a convenient euphemism for “standard measure of energy of executive function”; it would be just as useful to me to acronym that to SMEEF and talk about running low on smeefs, needing to conserve smeefs, etc.

It may be that there are circumstances under which the same amount of pain has a higher or lower spoon cost for you.
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