11 Embarrassing Moments Only Spoonies Will Understand


Ain’t it fun being a spoonie? After juggling all the daily meds, doctor appointments, “normal” symptoms and worrying symptoms – sometimes it gives you an extra kick and you’re left feeling red-faced. Eventually you learn to shrug these things off, even laugh at the slightly ridiculous things that can only come with being a spoonie.

Here is a small sample of possible “red-faced” moments:

  1. When the phlebotomist takes extra blood samples and you faint.
  2. When you get up from a chair and the pain from your joints makes you groan out loud.
  3. When you get a cute doctor who then proceeds to ask if you are experiencing diarrhea.
  4. When the other customer in the pharmacy stare at your impressive collection of medication piling up.
  5. When you’re the youngest in a waiting room by a few decades so they become really curious about you.
  6. When you’re traveling, and your bag bursts open and your meds scatter across the ground.
  7. When you catch an illness that lasts and lasts and you cannot stop coughing in meetings/quiet moments/when someone asks how you’re doing.
  8. When the brain fog hits and you cannot focus and screw something up, or just stare into space trying to remember.
  9. When the fatigue hits and you start falling asleep at your desk.
  10. When you have to carry your pee around, hiding in your bag, until you hand it to the nurse.
  11. When someone comments on your rosy cheeks, but it’s just your butterfly rash.

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