How many times have you been asked by a doctor; "On a scale of 1 - 10, how bad is the pain?" Unfortunately I've been asked this question too many times to count. I realise a doctor needs some indication, a clue as to what he/she is dealing with, but I wonder how helpful this unreliable approach really is.
As a Parkinson's patient, I am addressing the issue of "Who is taking care of the caregiver?" If you are a caregiver, I am speaking directly to you, for looking after yourself is vitally important if you wish to continue taking care of a loved one with Parkinson's or other serious long term illness.
Children can be terribly cruel, attacking verbally and even physically, making life pure hell. Parents may take little notice of stories their child relays, hoping it will blow over in time and that it's better to let a child battle their own fights. But sometimes intervention is necessary and a child cannot cope or manage the situation alone.
A man sat down at the next table and smiled at me. I smiled back at the stranger, and found he then waved his walking stick in the air at me, and pointed at my crutches perched beside my chair. I smiled again and nodded as if to say, I understood we both need help walking. Before I could avert my gaze, he got up and moved towards my table.