A nurse is helping a 47-year-old female patient with getting up in the morning and performing activities of daily living. The patient was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis 6 years ago. Which of the following would the nurse most likely expect the patient to find difficult because of this diagnosis?

 

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- Eating breakfast

- Controlling bowel movements

- Sitting in a chair

- Listening to a radio program

Rationale

Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disorder characterized by weakness of skeletal muscles and fatigue with exertion. The patient would most likely have difficulties with performing activities of daily living that require exertion or use of muscles; this would include eating or grooming. It would be less difficult for a patient to participate in more passive activities.

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