Time for an eight to five day carer
On Thursday 7th February at about 10am I did the unthinkable by bending forward to put a tablet into my mouth. Because I cannot lift my hand to my mouth, I have to move my mouth to my hand, by bending at the waist and leaning toward my hand lying on my desk. When I tried to sit upright again I didn’t have the strength to do so.
After struggling for about thirty minutes by pushing with my face and head against the desk, I lay there in a semi stupor for a while as I tried to think it through. My left arm was pinned between the wheelchair armrest and the desk, with two fingers bent backwards, while my right arm was lying on the desk curled under my chest, with panic rising by the minute I was struggling to swallow as my throat constricted and my saliva thickened and threatened to choke or drown me.
I have an alarm that hangs around my neck but I couldn’t reach it, my speaker phone was right next to my head but I couldn’t raise my head or move my arms enough to reach it. My computer was on and skype just two clicks away but I couldn’t reach my mouse. My cell phone was lying on the desk next to my face but trying to press tiny buttons with my already swollen nose proved fruitless.
My face continued to swell as I mashed it into my desk in order to alleviate the pain in my arms and pinned hand, while I sweltered in 34C heat. Sweat was burning my eyes which made my nose run while I lay there in an ever growing pool of sweat.
I shouted myself hoarse until I realized that nobody could hear me and wouldn’t know where the cries for help were coming from anyway. Sleep was out of the question due to the excessive pain in my arms face and neck, while I lay there in helpless misery.
After lying there for seven hours and fifteen minutes my wife came home from work and the extremely painful process of straightening my cramped and bruised arms was started. I could only see out of my left eye and my arms were temporarily more useless than normal but I was so happy to be upright again that it sort of overrode the pain and panic.
I will have a day carer from 1st March and all I have to do is stay upright until then.