You Know You’re a Spoonie When: fun list

I’m not Jeff Foxworthy but some things about being health impaired are so ridiculous, we might as well try to laugh. Here are a few I thought of along with some additions from my Spoonie friends. Please share yours in the comments section!

10,000 Spoons Poster

10,000 Spoons Poster

You Know You’re a Spoonie When:

-You have more cute socks and pajamas than sexy lingerie’ and heels.

-You are on a first name basis with all of the local pharmacists.

-Your family uses YOU as their excuse for getting out of things they don’t want to do with other people.

-If a stranger comes to your front door, you just hide until they go away.

-You have more salts in your bathroom than the DMV road crews in the winter.

-Your spouse/partner fills your meds for you as a romantic gesture of his/her affection (goodbye flowers!).

-You have become mysteriously artsy/crafty over time since diagnosis (was increased creativity one of your symptoms?).

-Your doctors and favorite nurses are on your Christmas card list.

-You know where all the elevators are wherever you go, yet somehow they always end up super far away from your actual destination (what is that about anyway??).

-Your pets seem to have a better understanding about how you are feeling than anyone else.

-Your loved ones have a favorite joke about your disability that makes you laugh. When they say it in public, people think your loved ones are horrible.

-You have more hair in your bed, in the drain, and in your brush today than is actually on your head!

-You start to talk to your Spoonie friends online more than you talk to your friends and family.

-You’ve learned so much about medicine that your doctors talk to you like a colleague instead of a patient.

-You’ve developed heightened super-sonic senses. You’re sure you are a super hero and keep looking for a lit up spoon signal outside. (To the sick cave!)


From my Spoonie friends: You know you’re a Spoonie When…

-All the people who work at the drug store and pharmacy know you and your family by name. -Molly Williams

-Whenever you are in public people stare. You are starting to get a complex that you have grown extremely good looking. inspired byLiving Life Beyond Disability

-You joke about going to see your “drug dealer” a.k.a. your pharmacist. -April Hughs

-When I rate my pain 1-10 and 7 means I’m having a GOOD day. -Keely Blackburn

-You know all the different medications and their side effects. -Julie Pierpoint

-You have to bite your tongue when a friend keeps complaining about his/her allergies. inspired bySick and Sick of it

-You talk to your doctors, nurses, and pharmacists more than you talk to your own family! -Allisin Wonderland Hatfield

-Your deaf and blind dog thinks your crutches are trying to attack him! -Tegan Bert

-You go to hand your pharmacist the prescription card and she says “Nah, I remember you have one of those.” -Christine Brannon-Miles

-You make fun of the television commercials about medications that “help” symptoms like yours. inspired byMy Fibrotastic Life

-When your mum says you will never get a flu because all of your meds will probably knock it out of your system first. -Marika Dolinski

-You use ferocious animals and monsters to represent your illness. –inspired byΒ Elle and the Auto Gnome

-You are so tired of explaining what’s wrong with you that when anyone asks, you distract them by responding: “where did you get your hair cut?” or “do you garden?” -Melanie Barker

What are yours?


10,000 Spoons Poster

10,000 Spoons Poster

If you enjoyed the above poster or want to know what a “Spoonie” is, read the article it was based on: “10,000 Spoons, If Only! Why the Chronically Ill Love Spoons”


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I do not know why it is that we must wade through tragic circumstances to find truth. We nearly drown! But under the water, there are pearls. I hope in writing this blog, more will come to the surface. Over the past 15 years living with chronic pain, patient advocacy has had a powerful effect on my life through meeting so many remarkable teens, women and men: SURVIVORS. These individuals are HOPE personified. I wish to honor them in the same spirit they have encouraged me to press on. Eight years ago, I became bed-bound from a variety of secondary chronic illnesses. A procedure meant to help the pain condition I had been managing for several years- went bust #BIGTIME. Over the years, my entire life has changed. I have changed, but I am still striving to live my best life possible. Along with sharing inspiring pieces about spiritual wellness and finding quality of life inside of ongoing illness, I also share health research, awareness information, poetry, memes, art, and this blog is also an attempt to put my own pieces back together. Welcome to A Body of Hope, and thank you for visiting. [Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/ RSD, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Dysautonomia, Chronic Intractable Migraine, Cluster headache, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Occipital Neuralgia, Hypersensitivity to Sound & Light, Fibro, CFS/ME, Cerebrospinal Fluid Imbalance......blah, blah, blah] >>> P.S. My headgear is protective for pain. I just rock it hard ;)

Posted on September 10, 2014, in Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Disability, Humor and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. Woo hoo!–I’m featured in your blog post! ^-^ I really like how you wrote this post. I can definitely identify with some of the qualities of “you know you’re a spoonie when…” (especially the creativity part). Plus, I love the humor–made my day. πŸ™‚ xx

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    • Wow! What a lovely and supportive comment!
      Thanks Jenn πŸ™‚ You cracked me up with your own witty thoughts about Fibromyalgia commercials in your own blog this week so thank you for the inspiration and the laugh πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  2. Reblogged this on My Fibrotastic Life! and commented:
    Love this post…now I’m ready to start singing Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic” in the middle of lunch time! πŸ˜‰

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  3. love this! i can relate to so many! Gary the pharmacist and I are totally BFFs.

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  4. Reblogged this on Arachnoid Mommie and commented:
    Hahaha!!! You sure have nailed it! Only took a week for my new pharmacy to be Best-ies with me! Talking life stories and making personal deliveries. And wholes would think yoga pants seem like too much work to put on, bring me some Hanes sweatpants please πŸ™‚ This is a must read for all Spoonies and something to come back to whenever an extra smile is needed!


  5. Amazing! Brilliantly witty blog… And love that I’ve got a mention! Great read!

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  6. Reblogged this on Living Life Beyond Disability and commented:
    A brilliant read (and not just because I’ve been mentioned in it ;)… )


  7. lol nice one!


  8. Reblogged this on Joynpain2 and commented:
    This post actually made me laugh out loud. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


  9. Here by way of Joy (joynpain2).

    Great list! But some of these need to be modified *just* a wee bit for men… I don’t have “cute” socks or PJs. I can relate to ignoring people at the front door, if I think I can get away with it. Otherwise I yell “Who is that? I wasn’t expecting anyone!” and struggle to go find my night shirt or whatever will make me look somewhat decent for company.

    Here’s something you might add: I have a “uniform” for image scans and surgerical procedures: roomy T-shirt, sweatpants. Metal wallet and keys go to the wife.


    • Jaklumen, thank you for your comment and great suggestions! I love hearing a male perspective. I did try to make it more unisex, but there were definitely a couple very girly ones thrown in there πŸ˜‰
      Your ideas are great. Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment. If you think of any more, please let me know for my next list! πŸ˜€
      Have a good day!


      • Thanks– it’s so appreciated. I’ll simply say that some guys like to look good. I do. Good looking clothes used to rank higher on my priorities. Then I started hurting terribly, and began to understand my wife’s preference for comfort. (I’m still the family fashion consultant most of the time, however.) Let’s see… I think that means that I would say some days if I’m dressed and about, I say I’m doing good, regardless of how unfashionable the clothes are. I’d be home and hiding if I wasn’t.


  10. Reblogged this on United Advocacy Australia-United We Stand Hand to Hand and commented:
    I am Reblogging this from http://abodyofhope.


  11. When my meds get cranked up, I actually receive “Get Well” cards signed by my pharmacist and their staff. But I know I’ve been real sick too often when I walk through the ER to the lab for bloodwork and I hear “Hello, Mrs. Savell! How are you doing today?” Or when I ended up in the ER with dehydration from the flu, a male nurse sang “You want to go where everybody knows you name!” And that is part of Crohn’s and UC~!

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    • Good ones to add in for the next list. Thank you for sharing. I especially like that a nurse sang the Cheers song to you, and that your pharmacists are kind enough to send home get well cards. It sounds like you have some lovely health professionals around you- or I hope you do! Thank you again πŸ™‚


  12. Since I worked at a primary care practice for 2-3 years, I am very respectful of medical professionals and try to be a good patient. I also show up after a hospitalization with Nutella Rice Krispie treats for the floor staff of the hospital. I would hear patients berate nurses for every little thing and wondered – often – why the nurses didn’t just put a pillow over their faces. (and this is one reason I stuck with administration!) πŸ˜€

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    • What a sweet patient you are!
      Compassionate nurses and organized, caring administrators certainly make physicians’ offices and hospitals so much safer- in every sense of the word.


  13. When you disappear for so long that people think you’re in witsec or dead.

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    • I understand that wendy. Your health has to come first. We Chronic Illness people really don’t feel the need to reply to messages at ALL COSTS like everyone else. Maybe the rest of the world can take a cue perhaps.


  14. When you’re more familiar with your bed then anything else in your house.

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  15. Thank you very much for linking me/reblogging: You Know You’re a Spoonie When: Fun List.

    I’m so honored that you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚


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