So my shoulders have lost their strength and when I have a shower I cannot dry my back. Julia ends up drying me. She is good to me. I feel like royalty; I’m sure the Queen has someone who dries her back.
I haven’t yet asked Julia to wear her nurse’s uniform while she cares for me but it’s just a matter of time…
Andrea, Julia’s sister, is also a carer and she’s offered to give me a bed bath – I hope she’s joking – so I’ve got a phrase at the top of the text to speech app ready: “Help! Get this woman off me!”
Also in bed I have trouble moving about to get comfy especially when I slide down the bed in the night. Julia says it like having a seal in bed.
My neck is getting weaker so I’ve had to wear a collar when I’m not sitting in my chair or bed.
Julia bought an Avid Merrion collar..
But I like my Head up collar:
I found it rubbed under my chin and the ventilation physios gave me a gel pad to help.
Sad news: the chocolate puddings are gone as swallowing them was getting too tricky. I’m on soups or yogurts without any bits (a bit like Dexter). And I have trouble with soup spoons, even in my stronger right hand, so I have to use a cup for the soup.
Luckily I can still have McDonald’s chocolate milk shake, though it takes much longer to drink nowadays. And do you know they contain 433 kcals! (all part of maintaining my weight).
I’ve become a full teenager; Julia wakes me up for my breakfast feed at 9am then I’m back to sleep for a few hours till my 12 noon feed. I’m sleeping for 14 hours minimum a night! I’ve also got into duvet days where I spend most of the day in bed getting up for tea. I’ve tried to cut down on the Netflix and Amazon Prime bingeing.
I’ve had a blood test but the GP says it doesn’t show anything horribly wrong to explain the tiredness – so it must be part of the disease.
If you are into prayer; Please pray I’ll get used to my BiPAP breathing machine for overnight – it is proving hard to get used to as it seems to be fighting with my breathing. At my last ventilation appointment the numbers had gone down so I probably need to start using it.