One year on – PA Days

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I’ve had my Personal Assistant for a whole year now.

I had no idea that I would qualify for the help I so badly needed to live ‘independently’. That social care referral was well worth the almost 12 month wait after that initial teary phone call asking for help. I’m still happy with just the two hours per week I get. To have anymore could well be detrimental to my health because of the sensory overload and stimulus of having someone in the house (a concept very, very few people seem to be able to grasp.)

I won’t pretend it doesn’t feel odd to have someone hoovering around you and folding your knickers while you sit here like Lady Muck but I definitely made the right choice in giving the job to this particular applicant. I just felt as comfortable as I was ever going to feel about this situation with her over the other candidates. I still pretend I’m better than I actually am with her, but she calls me out on that and it feels good to know that she knows I’m not swinging the lead.

Not once have I felt useless for not being able to do these little things for myself. Nor have I felt like a burden in the way I always did when a family member of friend came to help me in the same.

It has improved my quality of life and enabled me to prioritise my energy expenditure better. And on food prep days she lets me take all the credit for the finished product!

Published by Anna Redshaw

Blogging about life in the slow lane with an invisible, chronic illness. I wasn't always a sick chick so this is somewhat of a life changing experience!

12 thoughts on “One year on – PA Days

    1. It’s a work in progress. It definitely feels better having an employee help me out rather than a family member or friend. The feeling of being a burden comes on strong when they help


  1. ‘To have anymore could well be detrimental to my health because of the sensory overload and stimulus of having someone in the house (a concept very, very few people seem to be able to grasp.)’ So glad that you made this comment! My M.E. friends and I struggle with this; even the odd visits from family and friends are hard work and result in payback. I do wonder how you managed to deal with your Blue Sunday tea party. Well done on doing it though!


    1. Thank you. It is certainly hard work doing the tea party and the hall is always louder than I remember. Big periods of rest before and after are absolutely essential. By the end of the two hour tea party I’m fit for nothing even after ‘just’ sitting and talking and doing none of the hard work. It exacerbates every symptom but it’s my one thing each year and it always feels worth it.


  2. Hi so glad you have the support you need to support you living independently. Can I ask how you find out your eligibility and where to go for the help? It had never crossed my mind I may be able to get this type of help, I’m a single parent previously house proud that hates living in chaos but has had to resign myself to it as I just can’t keep on top of it and I hate relying on family to do stuff when they come to visit feels even more degrading than this condition and actually it would be nice to just enjoy some adult company rather than them spend the time doing housework while I’m unable or even worse trying to do bits alongside them and pushing myself over my daily limits. Thanks for sharing x


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