I tried to explain Christine Miserandino’s spoon theory to some friends the other day but it didn’t go so well.
My explanation went something like this:
“It’s about spoons…
…well not really spoons, but yeah, spoons…
…so you have these spoons…
…but you use them up”
“Like eating your cereal?” (or not, in the case of one of their young boys)
“No, you can use them in any way at all, like washing up or cooking tea“
“Or having a shower“
By that point I think I’d lost them completely, so here it is in full
Hopefully it makes a bit more sense now.
A little insight into life with ongoing pain and various other symptoms that significantly limit what you’re able to do on a day-to-day basis.
Having constant migraines for months and months (and years and years) has had a massive impact on what I’m able to do day-to-day.
The migraines themselves are totally debilitating, but the accumulated effect has also worn me down over time.
The migraines have completely wiped me out. They’ve robbed every bit of me, and all I’m left with is a few spoons. Thanks migraines, once again, for ruining my life!
The spoon theory is really useful for helping myself and others understand a bit more about the adjustments I’ve had to make and why.
I’m so sorry to all the people this affects – friends, family, work colleagues, etc – who lose out because of the migraines, who get the dregs of me, or none of me at all, instead of the person I once was, the person I’m fairly sure I still am somewhere underneath all of this crappiness.