About Medicine X 2014 – Spoons

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What uses up my spoons? My Diabetes Secret #MedX

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On a notecard briefly answer one of these questions: what uses up your energy (spoons) the most; how do you most like to expend your energy (spoons)?

If you’re not familiar with the Spoon Theory, I encourage you to read this post from butyoudontlooksick.com. It’s well worth the read. But for the sake of this post, I’ll briefly summarize this whole spoon business.

Essentially, spoons are an arbitrary measurement of energy. “Healthy” people have unlimited spoons to use during the day, but people dealing with chronic pain have a limited number of spoons. As a result, seemingly ordinary tasks like taking a shower or going to the grocery store are weighed against the amount of energy, or spoons, required. Some days you have more spoons at the ready, and can get more done. Other days, you barely have enough spoons to get out of bed. If you ever see #spoonie included on a tweet, now you know what’s going on.

In the grand scheme of things, the Spoon Theory can apply to anyone, to any patient as a way to convey the struggles that come with getting by day to day. With that understanding comes the collaboration at Medicine X. Attendees decorated spoons in the image of the thing that drains their spoons on a daily basis. What consumes you as a patient advocate? What keeps you up at night as a patient? What worries you the most as a caregiver? If you’re honest with yourself, these are incredibly intense questions that can cost a number of spoons to just contemplate.

My spoon was decorated in the spirit of My Diabetes Secret.

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About Medicine X 2014 – The Hangover

You can search Twitter for #MedXHangover right now, it’s a real thing. The emotional adrenaline rush of the conference comes to an abrupt end when you must return to the real world and there’s a feeling of emptiness. Despite the exhaustion that comes with being “on” for three or four days, it’s one of the most fulfilling experiences you can ever be part of, but when it’s over, you don’t want it to end. It’s an addiction that fuels your drive to want to cross off everything on your advocacy to-do list and in the same instant create fourteen new to-do lists because your brain is overflowing with drive and conviction.

But then the conference is over, you give your hugs, maybe shed a few tears, pack your bags, and return home – wherever that may be.

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Medicine X – Let’s Do This

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Take me to the X. #MedX

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Over the next few days I’ll be tweeting up a storm at Stanford Medicine X. Follow my comments on Twitter – @iam_spartacus.

As far as the rest of the diabetes community is concerned, Dana Lewis will be talking about the digital divide among patients and the DIYPS. Scott Strange will be on three different panels discussing mental health and chronic disease patients. And Kim Vlasnik will be giving an ePatient Ignite Talk on the main stage. You can also follow Heather Gabel on Twitter as she shares her experiences during the conference.

If you would like to see Kim’s talk live, please sign up for the Global Access Program so you can watch the livestream from the comfort of your own home.

Medicine X is a big deal to me, as can be evident by its inclusion in the menu bar of this blog, if you have the time, I hope you take a look.

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About Stanford Medicine X’s Global Access Program

Last week I spoke with Dr. Mike Sevilla about Medicine X and my cats distracting me in front of a webcam. But mostly about Medicine X. Here’s the video.

The big takeaway is that Medicine X has something called a Global Access Program that features a livestream of all sessions in the main hall for the entire conference. For free. If you’ve ever had a passing interest in anything I’ve had to say about Medicine X, you should sign up – it’s free. If you applied for an ePatient Scholarship but didn’t make the final cut, you should sign up – it’s free. If you want to start thinking about diabetes advocacy from a different perspective, you should sign up – it’s free. If you care about things like data access, patient empowerment, digital health care solutions, technology’s impact on medicine, you should sign up – it’s free.

Basically, if you’re reading this blog post, you should sign up – it’s free.

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Just Talking with Dr. Mike Sevilla

Dr. Mike Sevilla returns to the podcast to discuss the growth of social media use among the physician community, how he helps his peers see the benefits of social media, and the prospects of an engaged physician community among health care conversations online. We also talk about the value of disconnecting from the Internet from time to time and Dr. Sevilla’s anticipation. Enjoy!

You can also follow Dr. Sevilla on Twitter @drmikesevilla, and drmikesevilla.com.

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