My hands are still not quite right but they’re much better than they were, so I’ve gone back to bathing in the way I used to –sitting by myself on the bottom of the bath under the shower, with a buzzer to call for help if I need it.
While this works (more or less), it’s clearly not as effective as when I’m being helped. At the moment I don’t have a carer in the mornings during the week, but I do have one at weekends, so I’ve decided to ask them to help me have a proper wash then. I’ll keep doing it myself for the rest of the time for now, but in future I might ask for a couple of weekday morning scrubs too.
My carer helped me this morning and it felt so nice to get washed properly again.