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Spoonie Chat Questions 8-20-2014: Health Intentions

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

This week Spoonie Chat is taking a second look at revisiting our health intentions for 2014. I don’t mean New Year’s resolutions or unrealistic restrictive restrictions that set us up for failure. A thoughtful self-care lifestyle can help with the chronic illness grind. It’s my hope that we can bridge the gap between doable solutions and the hopelessly frozen feeling chronic illness can bring. 

Peter Bregman’s article Consider Not Setting Goals in 2013, explains that adopting areas of focus might be more helpful  than goals or resolutions. To Bregman, goals are too focused on preset outcomes. Areas of focus are about deeper motivations and how to spend time and energy. 

In January, we worked to uncover a few areas of health focus for 2014. How’s all that going? 

A few things to consider:

1. The Americans With Disabilities Act defines a disability as something that interferes with a major life activity.  

2. How has your stress awareness and management been going?

3. What role do your relationships play in your health status?

4. What areas of your health would you like to improve?

5. What changes, if any, would you like to see in your diet?

6. Can you foresee any changes in how your fatigue is managed? 

Chat Questions

Introduction

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

Tonight, #SpoonieChat is looking at health intentions. #Spoonie #SelfCare

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

Please like our  page to chime in on chat Qs after this session & keep up with other  folks. 

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 this week? #SpoonieChat #InvisibleIllness

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

 are a way to prioritize  through structure, planning, & focus.   

 are NOT about being perfect or being a hero. It’s just a way to improve focus on  

#SpoonieChat: Many cultures idolize extreme #independence,it’s dangerous myth. Please remember,nobody can do it all. #Spoonie

#SpoonieChat, not matter what we’re working on, please be gentle with yourself. We’re all just people.

Primary Questions

Q4: #Spoonie, do you find yourself drifting through the day, month, or year: not really, sometimes, yes, or most of the time? #SpoonieChat

Q5:#Spoonie, what specific areas of your day seem to go wrong? #SpoonieChat

Q6: #Spoonie, what’s your biggest area of “drift”? #SpoonieChat

Q7: #Spoonie, are you satisfied with your diet: no, sometimes, or usually? #SpoonieChat

Q8: #Spoonie, what’s one major thing you’d like to change about your diet? #SpoonieChat

Q9: #Spoonie, are you satisfied with your healthcare: no, sometimes, or usually? #SpoonieChat

Q10: #Spoonie, what’s one major thing you’d like to change about your care? #SpoonieChat

Q13: #Spoonie, where are you with accepting your illness? #SpoonieChat

Q14: #Spoonie, how could accepting your illness improve things? #SpoonieChat 

Affirmation

Q15: #SpoonieChat,  please join me in tweeting (about yourself) #ThreeGoodThingsAboutMe! 

Q16: #SpoonieChat: please tweet a link from your blog or something else important to you. 

Q17: #Spoonie, where are you finding joy and inspiration these days? #SpoonieChat

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Blerd Chat 8-14-2014: Ferguson Signal Boost

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Introduction

By now, the whole world knows that young #MikeBrown was gunned down by the #Ferguson, Missouri police on August 9th, 2014. He was unarmed, had no known history of violence, and witnesses attest that he was not threatening the officer who shot him. Tonight, I hope that Blerd Chat can explore the factors contributing to the recent civil unrest in Ferguson, lend a signal boost to the ongoing struggle for civil rights and human rights, and share our own stories of encounters with law enforcement. 

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

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, how did you first hear of the #MikeBrown shooting? What was your first impression? #BlerdChat

Q4: #Blerds, please assess reasons for the time lag between #Ferguson riots & attention in the mainstream media. #BlerdChat

Q5: #Blerds, how important was twitter to keeping you up to date on the #MikeBrown killing & #Ferguson riots? #BlerdChat 

Q6: #Blerds, which twitter users helped you understand the #MikeBrown killing & #Ferguson riots? #BlerdChat 

Q7: #Blerds, what can those outside of STL area do to help #Ferguson & stand for #MikeBrown & other victims? #BlerdChat

Q8: , what does MO Governor,  need to know about how  police situation makes the”Show Me State” look? 

Q9: , how do you feel about the increasing militarization of police forces? What should be done?  

Q10: , how would you describe your current feelings about the police and what their actions mean for society?  

Q11: #Blerds, what police abuses have you witnesses? #BlerdChat

Q12: #Blerds, I would like to hear how veterans & other public servants feel about the #MikeBrown killing and #Ferguson riots. #BlerdChat 

Q13: #Blerds, please share your thoughts about #IfTheyGunnedMeDown & #DontShoot hashtag campaigns. #BlerdChat 

Q14: #Blerds, please tweet an entry under the #IfTheyGunnedMeDown tag. #BlerdChat 

Q15: #Blerds, please tweet an entry under the #DontShoot tag. #BlerdChat 

Blerd Chat Questions 7-31-2014: The Nobel Prize

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@DawnMGibson hosts Blerd Chat each Thursday night at 8PM EDT on Twitter. 

In What’s Wrong With The Nobel Prize Maria Popova of Brain Pickings and Joe Hanson of It’s Okay To Be Smartexplore what factors make the Nobel Prize an overwhelmingly White, Male, and Western zoned. These structural factors also undermine the legitimacy of the Nobel Prize as a reflection of the very best in literature, peace, and the sciences. 

1. Laureates must be nominated by their peers. 

2. Self nomination is not allowed. 

3. Only living people are eligible. 

4. A maximum of three people can win in each category. 

5. Technically only individuals may receive the prize, but many institutions have received the Peace Prize. 

The Nobel Prize is awarded to those who are said to provide the greatest benefit to mankind in Chemistry, Physics, Physiology & Medicine, Literature, and Peace. 

Introduction

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

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 / culture scene? #BlerdChat

Primary Questions

Q4: #Blerds, what are the top 3 to 5 words you associate with the #NobelPrize? #BlerdChat

: the current  categories are in Chemistry, Physics, Physiology & Medicine, Literature, and Peace. 

Q5: , do these categories reflect the thrust of modern civilization? Why/not?  
Q6: #Blerds, what additional categories, if any, might better reflect the current realities of research and knowledge? #BlerdChat
 candidates must be:
1. peer-nominated.
2. Groups of 3 or fewer.
3. Living. 

Q7: #Blerds, does the #NobelPrize need new nominating options? What kind? #BlerdChat 

Q8: : The MLB HOF has a mechanism to include previously overlooked but worthy participants. Should the  try this out? 

Q9: , what are 3 ways that the internet could play a more active role in the formation of  nominations?  

Q10: #Blerds, should #NobelPrizes be revocable? Why/why not? #BlerdChat

Q11: #Blerds, what 3 people would you give a #NobelPrize to? Why? #BlerdChat 

Q12: , have you been following the WW1 centenary? If so, how? Any observations?  

Q13: #Blerds, what have you done for your health this week? #BlerdChat 

Spoonie Chat 7-30-2014: Talking Pain Management

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

Tonight’s #SpoonieChat topic is the :Mankoski Pain Scale:http://tmblr.co/ZJjUSu15qwOyR  #Spoonie #ChronicPain

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

Introduction

: I’ve noticed that many of us might not be getting  needed. Y’all know, I believe in the 

: We can use it to describe our situation even if clinicians aren’t fully on board with the 

: I hope you’ll consider sharing a printed copy of the  with each of your clinicians. It might change things. 

#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 

Q5: #Spoonie, how are you feeling today? Is your current status typical? #SpoonieChat 

Primary Questions

Q6: #Spoonie, how well do your current pain meds help? #SpoonieChat

Q7: #Spoonie, how often does a fear of nausea / other side effects prevent taking your full dose? #SpoonieChat

Q8: #Spoonie, how often does your condition interfere with sleep? #SpoonieChat

Q9: #Spoonie, how often does your condition interfere with eating/digestion? #SpoonieChat 

Q10: #Spoonie, how often does your condition interfere with work or leisure time? #SpoonieChat 

Affirmation

Q11: #SpoonieChat,  please join me in tweeting (about yourself) #ThreeGoodThingsAboutMe! 

Q12: #SpoonieChat: please tweet a link from your blog or something else important to you. 

Q13: #Spoonie, where are you finding joy and inspiration these days? #SpoonieChat

Blerd Chat 7-24-2014: Is Gaming A Sport?

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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.

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

Tonight’s  is about  as a sport: 

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 / culture scene? #BlerdChat

Primary Questions

Q4: #Blerds, how old were you the first time you did #Gaming? What was the attraction? #BlerdChat 

Q5: #Blerds, where did you first experience #Gaming? Was that setting important? #BlerdChat 

Q6: , what makes an activity a sport? Competition, objective scoring, pacing, a winner & loser, & ???  

Q7: , many people engage in table-top exercises, reenactments, and simulated battles like . Are these sports?  

Q8: #Blerds, #Gaming is clearly competitive and physical. Gut check time, is it a sport in your opinion? #BlerdChat 

Q9: #Blerds, how often do you do #Gaming & who do you do it with? #BlerdChat 

Q10: #Blerds, have you ever done #Gaming tournament? Why/not?  #BlerdChat 

Q11: #Blerds, What are your top 3-5 #Gaming formats? Why? #BlerdChat 

Q10: #Blerds, are things like #AngryBirds legit manifestations of #Gaming #BlerdChat 

Q11: #Blerds, what are your favorite ways to keep current on #Gaming trends? #BlerdChat 

Q12: #Blerds, have you ever designed/developed a game? #BlerdChat #Gaming 

Q13: #Blerds, what have you done for your health this week? #BlerdChat 

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