What's the meaning of this sentence?
Much as I disliked the sponging process, and useless as it had been to suggest that the help of a guiding hand as far as the bathroom could eliminate it, its failure to occur was highly disconcerting.
I run into it while studying for the FIRST exam.
Specifically I don't understand the "as far as the bathroom" part.
The sentence comes from a book called the "The Day of the Triffids". Here you can see the sentence in context: