As many of you will know - I am a huge fan and advocate of the work done by all the team at the Pain Clinic.Phone calls from David's consultant, follow ups to questions I may have and just the love and care they show to us both.
Over the past months David's condition has continued to deteriorate. Not just his body but also his mental state too. This has caused added pressure for him in trying to cope - and he hasn't.
The pain team have discussed how to help him with the usual option of a CPN not being the most appropriate answer. Chronic pain and depression in varying degrees are best friends and as the pain never goes away - neither does the depression. CPN's are left scratching their heads how to help. Unable to continue in their search they invariably do 3 visits, tell him they will leave his case open for a certain period and do get in touch if things change.
At the pain clinic yesterday for his regular acupuncture, Judy one of the best on the team asked himhow he felt about a befriending service? At this moment I don't know whether it is something new, soething the pain clinic have started or what. But she suggested someone to accompany him when he goes out to places he enjoys. Or would enjoy.. Glasgow's Transport Museum was just one possibility. Judy will find a match with someone who shares his interests.
This would have so many benefits for him. Motivation he so sadly lacks. Having to push himself just a little as someone is coming to collect him. Company - with a person with similar interest. Oh I can think of dozens.
For both of us but in particuar me - a break A few hours respite. A chance to recharge one failing battery. My list of how to spend those few hours was almost endless.
It won't be straightforward. Pain is unpredicatavle and will not say - OK next Tuesday I will give you a day off. But to have something to look forward to can kick it in to touch sometimes. He will have to pace himself and may only get 30 mins out and I will pock up the aftermath as usual but he wants to try it.
This is the pain clinic caring for someone, and their carer, at the highest level. Going that extra mile. Thank you Judy and of course the bestest ever consultant - Dr Sabu James.