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Spoonie Chat Questions 7-23-2014: Spoonie Life

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@DawnMGibson hosts Spoonie Chat each Wednesday night on Twitter, from 8-10 PM EST and anytime on the Spoonie Chat page

Spoonies,

This week, we’ll consider the more hidden social aspects of our health warrior battles.

A while back, Christine, our Spoonie champion, posted 30 Things You May Not Know About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know. Please take a peek and consider sharing a few aspects of your situation that most people don’t comprehend.

Introduction

#Spoonie, Greetings from the home of the #Detroit Tigers! I’m your #SpoonieChat founder and host.

#Spoonie, please subscribe to our networking / reminders list: https://twitter.com/DawnMGibson/spoonie-chat #SpoonieChat

#Spoonie, find me on my back-up only account @GibsonCurrie if this account goes to twitter jail. #SpoonieChat

Format

#Spoonie, to keep organized respond to questions by number & w/ #SpoonieChat  in tweet’s body. Q1: answered A1: & add MT to modified tweets.

#SpoonieChat: Add MT to ALL modified tweets & RT to manual retweets is essential to make sure the tweet’s author is credited.

Gathering

Q1: #Spoonie, how’s your week going? #SpoonieChat #InvisibleIllness

Q2: #Spoonie, what has gone well? Any good surprises? #SpoonieChat #InvisibleIllness

Q3: #Spoonie, how is it going with things around the house? #SpoonieChat

Q4: #Spoonie, have you worked on any new changes? How’s that going? #SpoonieChat 

Primary Questions

Q5: #Spoonie, when/how did you first hear about the #SpoonTheory? #SpoonieChat 

Q6: #Spoonie, do you feel the #SpoonTheory describes life with #ChronicIllness? Yes, no, or kind of. #SpoonieChat 

Q7: #Spoonie, what if any changes/additions would you make to the #SpoonTheory? #SpoonieChat 

Q8: #Spoonie, have you shared the #SpoonTheory to help explain your situation? How did it go? #SpoonieChat 

Q9: #Spoonie, what’s the biggest change you since your illness happened or progressed? #SpoonieChat 

Q10: #Spoonie, what do you wish your friends & family knew about your experiences? #SpoonieChat 

Q11: #Spoonie, what have you learned to pass on to fellow Spoonies? #SpoonieChat 

Affirmation

Q12: #SpoonieChat,  please join me in tweeting (about yourself) #ThreeGoodThingsAboutMe! 

Q13: #SpoonieChat: please tweet a link from your blog or something else important to you. 

Q14: #Spoonie, where are you finding joy and inspiration these days? #SpoonieChat

Spoonie Chat Questions 7-16-2014: Simplify Life

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Introduction

#Spoonie, Greetings from the home of the #Detroit Tigers! I’m your #SpoonieChat founder and host.

#Spoonie, please subscribe to our networking / reminders list: https://twitter.com/DawnMGibson/spoonie-chat #SpoonieChat

#Spoonie, find me on my back-up only account @GibsonCurrie if this account goes to twitter jail. #SpoonieChat

This week #SpoonieChat is looking at how to #simplify our lives: http://t.co/6KbQmCEcqR Gibson Currie #Spoonie #Minimalism

Format

#Spoonie, to keep organized respond to questions by number & w/ #SpoonieChat  in tweet’s body. Q1: answered A1: & add MT to modified tweets.

#SpoonieChat: Add MT to ALL modified tweets & RT to manual retweets is essential to make sure the tweet’s author is credited.

Gathering

Q1: #Spoonie, how’s your week going? #SpoonieChat #InvisibleIllness

Q2: #Spoonie, what has gone well? Any good surprises? #SpoonieChat #InvisibleIllness

Q3: #Spoonie, how is it going with things around the house? #SpoonieChat

Primary Questions

Q4: #Spoonie, what are the top 3 to 5 words you associate with how your time & resources are spent? #InvisibleIIllness #SpoonieChat 

Q5: #Spoonie, does caring for possessions suck away time that might be better used elsewhere? What’s 1 thing to change right now? #SpoonieChat 

Q6: #Spoonie, commitments made years ago that no longer make sense can keep going like . Do you have any of these?  

Q7: Do you avoid certain activities that you once enjoyed? What has gone wrong? #SpoonieChat

Q8: Do you find an all or nothing mindset intruding into thoughts about health, fitness, and other important things? #SpoonieChat

Sometimes, beliefs are taken for “facts”. 
"I have such bad luck, no treatment will help me." 
"I just have to live this way."
Some other beliefs taken for “facts”. 
"I deserve to suffer because of bad choices I made.
"Nobody will ever listen to me."
One of the most damaging beliefs for any  to take for “fact”:
"I’m not important because I am not productive."

Q9: #Spoonie, what are some good ways to deal with unhelpful thoughts? #SpoonieChat 

Q10: #Spoonie, what are some helpful ways to let go of the past? #SpoonieChat 

 Q11: #Spoonie, are too many goals pulling you in opposite directions? What could be your top 3 things to do? #SpoonieChat

Q12: #Spoonie, what positive steps can we take to deal with #Depression when cooped up? #SpoonieChat 

Affirmation

Q13: #SpoonieChat,  please join me in tweeting (about yourself) #ThreeGoodThingsAboutMe! 

Q14: #SpoonieChat: please tweet a link from your blog or something else important to you. 

Q15: #Spoonie, where are you finding joy and inspiration these days? #SpoonieChat 

Garden Peace Insecticidal Soap Spray

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This recipe is free to use and share in a private non-profit setting. You may reblog and post it where you like, but always with attribution to Dawn M. Gibson, and a link back to this post. This is my own recipe developed during my last few years gardening in suburban Detroit. The ingredients are all natural, but it’s a good idea to avoid inhaling this spray. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 Tablespoons soap shavings. I like to use an organic soap, but it’s not crucial. 

4 cups of hot water. 

1 Tablespoon of oil. I like olive oil here, but any commonly available food grade oil should serve. 

1 Tablespoon Cayenne powder. 

Procedure:

Bring the covered water to a boil and remove from heat. Make your soap shaving while waiting on the water to boil. This is easily done with a vegetable peeler. Hold it gently and just glide it along the bar. Thinner shaving are better here. 

Add all the other ingredients to the freshly boiled water, keeping the container off the heat. Gently stir the mixture and let it sit covered. I usually let it sit over night. It’s tempting to use it right away, but even a few tiny pieces of soap can clog up your spray bottle. 

Use the spray on areas where softer bodied pests are present. It’s a good idea to remove any diseased or overly infested areas when possible. Some people like to add oil of garlic, orange, or neem to these types of sprays. Soak the front and back of leaves. Repeat as needed. 

Good luck!

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Blerd Chat Questions 7-10-2014: What & How Do You Watch?

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@DawnMGibson hosts #BlerdChat each Thursday night at 8PM EST. 

Introduction

#Blerds, greetings from the home of the Detroit #Tigers. I’m your #BlerdChat founder & host.

#Blerds, “5Ways to Cut Cable but Keep All Your Shows” inspired tonight’s #BlerdChat! http://ti.me/1qu1wJx via @Techland 

, <  > got me thinking about that how we watch has become as important as what we watch.   

Format

#Blerds, please show question you’re responding to. Q1: is answered A1: & add #BlerdChat to body of each tweet & MT for modified tweets.

#Blerds, look for me on @GibsonCurrie if I end up in twitter jail. It’s a chat-only account though. #BlerdChat

Please subscribe to our reminders list to keep in touch w/ #BlerdChat & other #Blerds: https://twitter.com/DawnMGibson/lists/blerdchat

To subscribe: “Me”, then “More”, then lists, then #BlerdChat. Click on subscribe button on the left side.

Please check out the #BlerdChat page: https://www.facebook.com/BlerdChat #Blerds

Gathering

Q1: #Blerds, how’s your week going? Anything new & exciting? #BlerdChat

Q2: #Blerds, what tech (new or old) are you feeling these days? #BlerdChat

Q3: #Blerds, What/where is the current pulse of the Blerd entertainment scene? #BlerdChat

Q4:#Blerds, Any thoughts on the #WorldCup? If following it, why does itmatter to you? Who will win? #BlerdChat 

Primary Questions

Q5: , how often do you watch your shows as broadcast: almost always, usually, or it doesn’t matter?  

Q6: , how often do you  your shows: almost always, usually, or it doesn’t matter?  

Q7: , what are the top 3 to 5 reasons for doing  of your show’s broadcast? Anything that you just WON’T LT?  

Q8: , What are your top 3-5 shows to ? Why? 
Q9: , do you use specialized (besides the mainstream) or sub tags during your ? Why/not? Examples?
Q10: , do you use use any platforms outside of twitter to communicate with cast members, shows, or other fans? Why/not?  
Q11: , would you participate in a current events  like ? Why/not?  
Q12: , do you subscribe to cable, satellite, or Hulu+, Netflix, Amazon Prime, or other paid streaming services?  
Q13: , have you “cut the cord” on cable & satellite entirely? 
Why/not? How is it going?
Q14: #Blerds, what web-only series are you watching? How/why? #BlerdChat 
Q15: , what’s something you are missing from current shows and communications around them?  

Q16: #Blerds, what have you done for your health this week? #BlerdChat 

Spoonie Chat Questions 7-9-2014: Understanding Your Medications

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Spoonie Chat is hosted by @DawnMGibson each Wednesday Night from 8-10PM EST. People dealing with any invisible disability or illness are invited to join in.

Introduction

#Spoonie, Greetings from the home of the #Detroit #Tigers! I’m your #SpoonieChat founder and host.

Last week’s #SpoonieChat was about #InvisibleIllness in Summertime: http://gibsoncurrie.tumblr.com/post/90571091710/spoonie-chat-questions-7-2-2014-summertime-living Gibson Currie

Here are a few links to some related posts:

1. Spoonie Safety.

2. Spoonie Safety Questions.

#Spoonie, please subscribe to our networking / reminders list: https://twitter.com/DawnMGibson/spoonie-chat #SpoonieChat

Please join our private #SpoonieChat members-only Facebook grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1423623674516413/ #Spoonie

#Spoonie, find me on my back-up only account @GibsonCurrie if this account goes to twitter jail. The Avi is the same. #SpoonieChat

Format

#Spoonie, to keep organized respond to questions by number & w/ #SpoonieChat  in tweet’s body. Q1: answered A1: & add MT to modified tweets.

#SpoonieChat: Adding MT to ANY modified tweets & RT to manual retweets is essential to making sure the tweet’s author is credited.

Gathering

Q1: #Spoonie, how’s your week going? #SpoonieChat #InvisibleIllness

Q2: #Spoonie, what has gone well? Any good surprises? #SpoonieChat #InvisibleIllness

Q3: #Spoonie, how is it going with things around the house? #SpoonieChat

, tonight we’re looking at how to get the most out of our meds. It’s essential to know what to take, when, & any warning signs. 

#SpoonieChat: Understanding a New Prescription | Center for Advancing Health http://www.cfah.org/prepared-patient/communicate-with-your-doctors/understanding-a-new-prescription#.U72PAmp5xN4.twitter #Meds #Pharm

Q4: #Spoonie, what are the top 3 to 5 words you associate with your medications? #InvisibleIIllness #SpoonieChat 

Q5: #Spoonie, are you clear on the purpose & function of your meds? Why/not? #SpoonieChat 

Q6: Are you fully informed about the potential for side effects or interactions between your meds, supplements, or food/drink?   

Q7: How often do you review the prescribing info about your treatments/medications: yearly, every few months, or not very often?   

Q8: ,do you check your bag or box to be sure you’ve got the right meds? Why/not?  

Q9: , do you carry a full listing of your meds and treatments on your person? Why/not?  

Q10 , are you 100% sure about how to handle a missed dose or an accidental overdose of your meds?  

, here’s some basic pharm info:   

, Check here for  meds safety info:   

, do you actively work with your clinicians to manage side effects like nausea & dry mouth? Why/not?  

: It is possible to manage nausea in many cases, so speak up if nausea is having an impact on your quality of life. 

Q12: : did you know many Common Medicines Contain  & why that matters?  via  

How to safely use   http://www.knowyourdose.org/about-ingredient #SpoonieChat via  

A list of meds containing : http://www.knowyourdose.org/common-medications #SpoonieChat #Spoonie via  

Q13: #Spoonie, what positive steps can we take to deal with #Depression when cooped up? #SpoonieChat 

Q14: #SpoonieChat,  please join me in tweeting (about yourself) #ThreeGoodThingsAboutMe! 

Q15: #SpoonieChat: please tweet a link from your blog or something else important to you. 

Q16: #Spoonie, where are you finding joy and inspiration these days? #SpoonieChat 

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