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A Dollar Tree Battery

I love the Dollar Tree store. They sell food to table settings, craft supplies to toilet cleaner, picture frames to name-brand batteries.

The thing about these 8-pack batteries is that only a couple of them actually work. We all know it – but, c’mon! 8-pack batteries for a buck!? It’s irresistible. Until you need to use them and need to figure out which two have energy, or which combination will work.

When the spoon theory, I was still working, and a colleague told me about it. “Is that what it’s like for you?,” he asked. Well, no, I said. Spoons have nothing to do with it (my MS brain can be quite literal at times, you see). But what I was able to come up with was my own analogy:

Pre-MS, I was just like you – my body was a rechargeable battery, recharging throughout the day. Now I have x amount of batteries, sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on what’s going on. I have to choose wisely how I’ll use that battery power: do I put on makeup or eat breakfast? Breakfast won. And so it goes on. Even though I’m no longer working, I still have to choose what my batteries will be used on.

Recently, I had a particularly physically and emotionally demanding time of it. I literally collapsed and was housebound for a few days because I overdid it. My dearest sister, the one who shares my sense of humour, said, “Well, love, you’re not only NOT a rechargeable battery, you’re a dollar tree battery.”

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  • Carlita Coley
    2 years ago

    I love this analogy. It’s so perfect. And alas, I am a Dollar Tree battery too

  • DonnaFA moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Karen,

    Thanks for sharing your story! I’m a huge fan of Dollar Tree as well! Thanks for sharing your very apt analogy. It’s awesome that your sister is so supportive and helps you maintain your humor. Who ever thought you could get such a warm, fuzzy feeling being called a Dollar Tree battery <3 We're glad that you're part of the community! - Warmly, Donna ( team)

  • KarenLoftus author
    2 years ago

    Thank you, Donna! My husband, Douglas, and sister, Jackie, are so loving and supportive. (My other siblings are too, but live in other states/countries.) We use humour a lot and I’ve found a positive attitude helps – not much with the physical symptoms, but definitely with my overall wellbeing. Thank you for a great site. Best wishes.

  • DonnaFA moderator
    2 years ago

    You’re most welcome, Karen 🙂 Your support system sounds awesome, and a lot like our house! Humor can carry us through through lots of hard times. We’re glad you enjoy being part of the community, we sure enjoy being part of your tribe. -Warmly, Donna (

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