The Leash

As my Parkinson’s symptoms escalate, I have begun wondering about when my caregiver will have to put on “the leash.” With my typical male ego apparent, I have already steadfastly refused to accept help in managing several PD symptoms. Among the...

Ain’t No Mountain Higher

Reflecting on my initial reaction when my neurologist confirmed a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, I must admit I had no clue as to what to expect. While awaiting my first appointment I did a few internet searches and did get some meaningful insight into such...

The Symptoms I Hate

What follows is a peek into the mind of a PD Patient. In the early stages of this disease, I find these symptoms particularly bothersome: Tremors: Fortunately this symptom does not, as yet, have a serious impact on my day-to-day activities. My tremors are quite mild,...

Coping…24 hours a day

“The neurologist solemnly announced his findings. You cannot control your tears as your husband is diagnosed with Parkinson’s. From that moment on your lives begin to change. New roles have been established. The patient’s needs may take priority; the...

A Caregiver’s Journey

Colorado blue skies and Rocky Mountain Highs have nothing on the glorious Hudson Valley today. It’s a crisp, clear, wonderful sunny day and the sparkling water,colorful sailboats and majestic Palisades framing our wonderful waterfront walk are spectacular. As I...

We all seem to be facing the same problems

I was a speaker at a Parkinson’s Disease Symposium recently and I found it to be a very interesting and enlightening experience. What I found enlightening is something I have been aware of because I have many PD caregiver friends – it’s the similarity in...

What Causes Changes in our Feelings?

Sometimes when I sit down to write a caregiving column I have a very specific idea of the topic I want to write about. Sometimes I just start out by venting my feelings at the moment because they are on my mind. That’s what I am doing today. Life has been...

Tired of thinking about and dealing with Parkinson’s disease?

Have you ever been tired of thinking about and dealing with Parkinson’s disease? I really am at this point, so I decided to do something about it. My feeling is that circumstances rarely improve in any substantive way unless we put some ingenuity and effort into...

To pamper or not to pamper…

I often have a dilemma that I’m sure most caregivers face at times; especially those with loved ones in the later stages of Parkinson’s – how much help to give to the Parkinsonian. I am a big believer in a certain degree of independence and people doing...

Attitude is everything

Being a caregiver is occasionally rewarding and makes me feel good because I love my husband, but it often feels like a stressful problem that I just can’t seem to solve. I can’t figure out why I feel down in the dumps or anxious or unmotivated or angry or...
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