For those who don't know, for M.E. awareness month (May) I am writing a post, despite my severe illness, every single day. I'm doing this to raise money and awareness for the neurological chronic illness M.E. and the charity Invest in M.E. in the hope that one day we may find a cure. So, I'd really love if you'd head over to my JustGiving page and sponsor me throughout this challenge. Thank you.
When someone is as ill as Laura, you want to do anything that you can to make them feel better. Its very good then, that theres many ways you can do this. It doesn't have to break the bank and it doesn't have to use a load of energy. You can make somebody who is bed bound feel better in so many ways. Sometimes it's just the simple things that can make all the difference.
One fail safe way to make someone feel better is.. food. Who doesn't love food? Apart from cooking normal meals in the week i'll cook/bake Laura special recipes that she's found on her activity time. Anything from a tasty salad to pancakes(she looooooves pancakes) to a hearty stew or soup. It's great for Laura to have something to look foward to, plus good, healthy and easy food gets the job done better than most.
If i'm ever out at the shops i'll scout around for anything i think Laura might really enjoy as a nice suprise when i get back. I've brought back smoothies(a good one packed with vitamins), nuts, fruit(another favourite is raspberries), doughnuts and many more things. She always give me a look like i shouldn't have done that when i get back, but i know she loves it really ;)
Compliments. It doesn't take anything to say something nice, to make someone feel better about themselves, especially when they might be having a low day. It doesn't have to be a heart-felt motivational speech, just telling somebody who stuggles with all daily tasks how well they're doing will mean the world to them. Trust me.
Putting somebody who is bed-bound first, and making them feel like they're the most important things can boost somebdy up immearsurebaly. Leaving all the normal daily duties that need doing for a little bit to spend un-disturbed time cuddling up or a relaxing head stroke can just make some of the pain and struggle dissapear for a little bit, its well worth it.
I hope anyone reading this that has been in a situation where they don't know how act around someone understands that its easy to help if you want to, just a little bit of thought can make the world of difference.