SavvySpoons - Living a life of limited spell slots.
By Misty Ewegen Morehead
Chronic health issues suck, trying to build a life around them is a challenge. Some days are good, some days are not. I used to be a lot different but I am building a life around what I am. I am a Spoonie, a Fibrowarrior, and a woman with a headache every minute of my life. I am pain, art, and poetry. I am medications and massage. I am a mom and a wife and a friend and a family member. I am tears and laughter, sunshine and shadow. I am alternative treatments and trial and error. I am a fighter and I am struggling. This life is not easy but you better believe I am not giving up.
Abled people struggle with the best way to "help" disabled friends and family. Here are a few ideas based on my experiences as a person with invisible chronic conditions that make it difficult for me to navigate the "normal" world.
To access this podcast in transcript form, please visit https://savvyspoons.com/2021/04/28/episode-17-4-ways-to-help-your-disabled-friends-transcript/
I'm not doing so hot on the keeping it together front. My German farmer ancestors are rolling over in their graves at my lack of stoicism but I decided to talk about it with you. The world. Or, you know, the 9-10 of you who listen to me. So join in, settle down, and share in some not okay action.
Over the sounds of soothing ocean waves Misty talks about birth, raising a teenager, the importance of apologies, and how no one is perfect. #parenting #asmr #chronicillness #chronicpain #spoons #teens #parentingteens #guide
A talk about our cultural obsession with avoiding grey areas, how we seem to have forgotten that we are indeed supposed to oppose people who do the wrong thing, and her new belief that all her stomach issues are caused by a tummy wombat. Starting a new tradition Misty ends the episode with a short mediation intended to touch base with the part of your body currently giving you the biggest trouble right now. Campfire sounds and snoring dogs in the background, a calming ASMR experience.
Have you ever heard that our bodies carry the memory of past trauma?
Boy do they ever!
Misty shares a story from her past as a rite of healing, or maybe a funeral for her past self, in this emotional episode.
After the shooting in Atlanta last week Misty and Marlena have been thinking a lot about the stigma of sex work, and how sad it is that society seems to think it devalues the lives of the people who engage in it.
A haiku on Twitter, a mass shooting in Boulder, and the freedom of pain killers results in an open discussion on dismantling privilege and the desperate need we have as a nation for empathy in our citizens.
The Colorado weather people have predicted a Snowpocalypse. Join Misty on a high pain level day for an honest discussion on the shortcomings we have when it comes to letting people grieve, a recitation of her published poem "Grief is love with nowhere to go" and a discussion on pain during barometric pressure changes.
Tarantulas aren't just large, slow-moving, articulate hair chucking arachnids. They are also a wealth of potential when it comes to pain killing venom. In other words, these gentle killers could be holding the solution to all our Chronic Pain problems. Join Misty as she reminisces about visiting Rosie at the Butterfly Pavilion, travels the Eastern Plains of Colorado to learn an appreciation for tarantulas, discusses chronic pain issues, and talks excitedly about the possibility of tarantula informed pain control techniques.
Savvy Spoons introductory episode, a branch off from the long-running blog, savvyspoons.com (formerly Lawandmotherhood.com).
This post features a poetry reading of a haiku featured on March 4th, 2021 on Savvyspoons.com.