My wife Kim has had Spams in her throat on 2 occasions.
2 years ago, and this morning.
What happened this morning was that we was both in our local housing office having a meeting, explaining to them how Kim needs a 1 bedroomed Bungalow due to noise issues in our present flat with neighbours.
We have, after 3 years of fighting, managed to get Kim eligible for a 2 bedroomed adapted Bungalow.
However, the waiting could be years and Kim can't put up with all this noise we are experiencing and we want out ASAP.
She is 39 and our local housing have age restrictions on Bungalows.
50 for 1 bedroomed and 55 for two bedroomed ones.
They have lowered the age on the 2 bedroomed ones on the basis that it has wide door access, but as I've mentioned, the wait could be years.
I'm trying my hardest to convince them that a one bedroomed Bungalow can fit Kim's wheelchair through, as our own flat doors already does, whenever her symptoms make her go in it.
They will not move, and are offering her a 2 bedroomed, lower ground apartment, that has just been built.
My constant argument is that noise above aggrevates her symptoms.
Sorry to digress, but what happened in the office this morning was this:
during our discussions, somebody dragged something nearby the office and the scraping noise made Kim's leg spasm and as a result, this made her neck lock, which then made her throat spasm, causing difficulty breathing.
I calmed her down and got her spasms under control, but it scared me big time, despite my calm exterior.
My heart went out to her, but the people at the meeting, including her rehousing medical officer, still wouldn't move on my argument that noise aggrevates her condition, despite seeing the evidence in front of them.
They keep saying a one bedroomed Bungalow is too small and wouldn't eliminate noise issues.
That's a cop out to me and red-tape and putting her in a lower ground apartment will make her on edge.
Do you think FND can be life threatening, especially when it affects the throat?
This has happened twice and I'm wandering how you cope with it and how your spouses help you when it occurs.
Also, moving into a lower ground apartment will make us lose our housing application altogether and Kim's highest medical award, which took us so long to get her.
Do we stay where we are, with Kim's symptoms going worse and wait years for an adapted Bungalow, or take a gamble with this apartment and risk Kim's symptoms still being made worse by noise above?
My head is swarming and any help would be appreciated greatly or any advice from people in a similar situation.
Loving wishes always
Tony and Kim Xx