Long time no talk fellow spoonies! As some of you may already know this winter has been very hard on me in that I have been flaring up, isolated, stressed, and cold [Oklahoma winter’s don’t mess around]. I’m not as bad as I’ve been before but have been on a steady dose of Tramadol and more Vicodin than I’m happy with. A couple weeks ago I was bad enough that I had to be taken to the ER for a shot of Morphine [which did nothing], Ativan [which did EVERYTHING], and Benadryl in order to get me to where I could at least rest. Luckily for me that was enough to break the pain cycle enough for life to be better for the time being.
Let’s talk about ‘Super Better’. ‘Super Better’ [SB]is a game made by a game developer who was struggling with deep depression brought on by an improperly healed concussion which left her in a lot of pain. She created the game as a way of coping with circumstances she could do little to change. Now while she doesn’t claim it ‘cured’, she does say that it made the mental aspect of it much more bearable [As explained in this TED talk http://www.upworthy.com/the-secret-weapon-a-woman-created-to-save-herself-from-the-brink-of-suicide-2?g=2&c=upw1]. I am just now starting to play SB on my phone and will update as things get better/or don’t [for $4.99 I think it’s worth a shot]. In her TED talk the creator of SB Jane McGonigal claims to even be able to slightly extend your life by creating more positive emotions in your day to day life by completing the ‘power-ups’ in SB such as ‘chug a glass of water’ or ‘got a block? walk around it?’, little ‘power ups’ like this add to your overall wellbeing. You also ‘battle’ bad guys like ‘liquid calories’ and ‘the self-critic’. I’m still working on how exactly this program works but it seems pretty cool so far.