Sarah wakes up on Christmas Day. She needs help from her husband Matthew to get out of bed so she can sit and watch her children open their presents.
Matthew thinks that the best way to help Sarah out of bed is to lift her. As he tries, he injures his back and is in so much pain a friend has to take him to hospital. He cannot look after Sarah and the children have to go to stay with family. An emergency carer is called to sit with Sarah.
Through the Learning Hub, Matthew has been shown how to move Sarah properly, using equipment provided, so he doesn’t injure himself or cause her pain. He is able to help Sarah get out of bed safely and into her favourite chair. The children are excited to open their presents in front of their mum and dad.
Sarah’s illness means she isn’t very hungry, but she wants to share Christmas Dinner with her family. She wants to eat a small portion of all her favourite things but needs her family to help feed her.
Sarah’s family haven’t been shown practical skills like how to feed someone who has difficulty swallowing. They try their best but Sarah begins to choke. An ambulance is called and Sarah takes several days to recover in hospital.
Matthew has been shown how to feed someone safely through the Learning Hub and has shown his children how to help, so they feel confi dent helping Mum to eat. They enjoy Christmas dinner together, wearing paper crowns and telling each other bad cracker jokes.
In all the excitement of playing with her children and their new toys, Sarah becomes breathless - a common symptom of her illness.
Sarah’s breathlessness worries her family, who crowd around her and become distressed, causing Sarah to panic to making her symptoms even worse. No one knows what to do and the family call an ambulance to take Sarah to hospital, where she stays until Boxing Day.
Through the Learning Hub, Matthew and Sarah received training about how to recognise and manage common symptons like breathlessness at home. When Sarah becomes breathless, they all stay calm and help Sarah to bring her breathlessness under control.