I just read Yvonne's post about exhaustion and here am I feeling refreshed after ten hours' sleep. I am bundled up in sweaters and heavy coat but sitting in sunshine at 9am which will get stronger as the day goes by. The hotel is great and later today I shall swim in the indoor pool then go to the hammam. Not only is a break like this good for catching up on sleep but also gives time for reflection. Reading Yvonne's post about George repeatedly calling for her I realised Chris hasn't done that at all. He has always been a very passive, undemanding person and it seems to me that is why he has accepted PSP. In the earlier stages when his passivity meant he wouldn't exercise it drove me mad, but now we are approaching the end it is actually a benefit for us carers. When he asks to go to the toilet we just say 'You don't do that anymore, remember?' Whether he remembers or not is a moot point but he accepts, and we get ready to change him. I think a person's personality traits prior to PSP are exaggerated once they have the condition. Being here alone is also a taste of my future and I know I will cope fine. And I have just taken off my heavy coat as sun is higher and warmer. Now for a little translation work after I get my coffee refilled. A respite break is highly recommended.
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