I hadn’t fully realised that the majority of the key NHS people I’ve been seeing are funded by the MND Association! In fact the MND clinic that I attend every three months doesn’t cost the NHS a penny. So the MNDA not only fund research, fund equipment but they also fund positions in the NHS with wonderful people and that makes life as comfortable as possible for people like me and our families. We love the MNDA!
So we must raise loads of money for them! Even a fiver would help. Thanks.
I can’t imagine living in a country where you don’t get free healthcare at point of use and I can imagine that this would cost a lot of money if I had to pay. The whole team is wonderful and so positive.
So how many people does it take to look after one person with MND?
Consultant Profs Talbot and Turner
Initial Diagnosis and I see one of them every 3 months at the MND clinic at the West Wing of the JR Hospital Oxford.
MND Nurse – Rachael
I see at every clinic appointment, but I know I can contact her at any time with queries. Always very positive!
MND clinic visitors – are there coordinating the MND clinic and make the whole experience friendly. They know where you are meant to be and generally look after you in the clinic: Lesley, Dave and Penny – all MNDA volunteers!:
Ventilation unit physio – Anna – keeping me breathing, my airways open and my chest free of infection. She supplied the Scream Extractor. Recently she said my lung function measures had improved! That’s not supposed to happen.
SALT: Charlotte – Speech and Language Therapist – making sure I don’t take too many risks while eating and showing me techniques to get the most out of my lousy swallow.
SALT : Tracy and Gemma – I banked my voice with Tracy last year in August – and now I’m using a tablet called a Grid Pad to aid my speech which sounds a bit like me.
Clinic Dietitian Laura and the community Dietitian team. I had a PEG feeding tube fitted in November last year and now I’m using it to get the nutrition. I eat a small amount “for pleasure” – mainly chicken tikka masala and various chocolate puddings.
Occupational Theapist: Jenny:
I’ve just started seeing Jenny as my neck is starting to get weak and painful towards the end of the day. I have just received a Sheffield Snood – or Head up Collar.
Manage my day to day needs including various courses of antibiotics in January and adjusting puffers. They recently gave me a pink puffer – which actually tastes pink.
Oh and last but not least..
My own private nurse / wife, Julia in between nagging me to stop choking she makes sure I get the best care and reads up on what we should be doing to make my quality of life as good as possible. I never imagined marrying a nurse all those years ago would be so useful!
Many thanks for your generous donations!