Kettle tippers, available from disability catalogues, hold the weight of the kettle or jug to make it easier to pour. Use a small jug to carry water to the kettle rather than carrying a full kettle. Lightweight china or plastic cups take less energy to lift. Drinking straws enable you to drink lying down or without holding the cup, and a long straw can be made by taping two straws together. Warm drinks can be drunk through a straw as long as they are not too hot. Wide straws are useful for thick soups. A cup with a spout may be helpful as they spill less, are lighter and can hook over your hand if grip is a problem. Some bottles have a nozzle lid - the liquid comes out slower and more controlled, so you can drink lying down. Keep a bottle of water next to the bed or chair (perhaps with a kettle tipper) so that you can refill the cup more easily. Thirst is a symptom of M.E. It may be worth taking water with you when you go out. Many people with M.E. find it better to avoid caffeine and alcohol. You might also decide to drink filtered or mineral water.

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