Having Parkinson's and making a dinner party, requires military style organisation as many things have to be thought of. I try to choose a menu where most of the dishes can be prepared in advance, sticking to simple delicious fail-proof recipes I've made before which require little work and few ingredients.
We have our work cut out for us working together with a professional trainer, and the next few months are not going to be easy, but in the long term we will end up with a well-trained companion/assistance dog who will hopefully enrich our lives, give me better quality of life and help me get through each day.
As tough as it is for a patient to receive and come to terms with a new diagnosis, it is equally traumatic on the spouse/partner, who without any prior warning or consultation, is unceremoniously thrown into the role of caregiver. Many pick up this mantle without hesitation, out of loyalty, devotion and love, take on this arduous task.
The majority of people with Parkinson's would prefer to die at home but research suggests they are more likely to die in hospital. That's why at Parkinson's UK we are calling for more work to be done to help people communicate their wishes about their death in the early stages of the condition.
As absurd as it sounds, I could swear the older I get, the faster time speeds up! It's hard to imagine a whole year has passed and here we are once again, marking the 11 April as Parkinson's Awareness Day. A very appropriate date, i.e. the birthday of the infamous Dr James Parkinson, who first recorded the disease in 1817.
I've heard time and again about fellow Parkinson's sufferers experiencing devastating consequences from being hospitalised. From personal experience, I understand the severity and possible ramifications all too well after being hospitalised some months ago. Hospitalisation is something I try to avoid at all costs, but occasionally there is no choice.
They say "a problem shared is a problem halved". Quite frankly, I was getting desperate. After last week, appealing to fellow Parkinson's sufferers regarding a particular pesky problem many are afflicted with, (the dreaded painful toe curling symptom) I received many interesting and inventive suggestions.