In late June, he noticed that he could exert very limited control over his eye gaze, just enough to shift his vision up and down. “I thought to myself: ‘This is new,’” Jake said. Control of eye gaze can be the first stage in recovery of non-verbal communication – but at first it was inconsistent, so although staff noticed the flickers of motion in his eyes, they still couldn’t know for certain if he was consciously directing them. “It was incredibly discouraging to hear from the doctors, over and over, ‘It’s involuntary movement’. There were times when I felt like I was hysterically crying on the inside,” Jake told me. … [Read more...] about ‘Is anybody in there?’ Life on the inside as a locked-in patient
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I find it hard to understand why Strictly's Shirley Ballas isn't furious with her mother, Audrey, for telling her to lose weight after she gained 20 lb in lockdown. Shirley is not just a grown woman, but 60 years old — and her mother is 83. They are clearly close, but it's obviously an experience Shirley has had before. She was only 16 when her mother asked: 'Who's been eating all the cakes?' Nothing hurts more than being body shamed by your own mother, as I learned after years of it with my own. I can't bear losing butch … [Read more...] about JENNI MURRAY: Why do men still find it hard when their wives earn more?
Labour's shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth said the nation is "still in the tunnel" despite the light offered by vaccines, telling the Commons: "We have a significant way to go to drive infection rates down and keep our constituents safe. … [Read more...] about COVID-19 tiers: 99% of England placed in Tiers 2 and 3 as new system revealed
What tier are YOU in and why? Secrecy row as Department of Health refuses to publish the numbers behind decisions to place all but THREE regions of England in toughest two brackets (and why are there question marks in crucial document?) Number 10 today published a breakdown of England's lockdown tiers in a desperate attempt to justify the brutal curbs to the public as Boris Johnson announced all but three places of the country will be plunged into the toughest brackets. … [Read more...] about What do Tiers mean for me, when will restrictions change… and what about Christmas? Vital Q&A on what post-lockdown life will look like from Dec 2