No more Lemsip for me!

Just back from a week in Italy exploring the area around Sorrento from the Amalfi Coast and Capri to Pompeii and Vesuvius. We were very lucky and had beautiful weather, perfect for sightseeing. There were no problems from the Parkinson’s, which was great.

At the top of Vesuvius - rain cloud not steam from the crater!

At top of Vesuvius – rain cloud not steam from the crater!

Once home it was time to meet the new consultant, a straight talking man who was soon suggesting ways forward. I have agreed to medication as my left arm is really quite uncomfortable and the tremor is more noticeable. I have begun to take Rasagiline once a day. This is a milder drug than Levodopa and works by stopping the breakdown of dopamine, hopefully it will have less side effects. He also wants me to have physiotherapy to help my arm retain strength and muscle tone, not sure how long it will be before I get an appointment through!

Today I am full of cold so was about to turn to Lemsip, a comforting remedy, when I spotted that taking Rasigiline with a product that contained a decongestant is a bit of a “no no” along with aged cheese. Chianti used to be on the banned list but has been reinstated!

I feel disappointed that it is time to begin the drugs route but I have had a year to begin to come to terms with my “Parkinson’s Journey” and an accept that it will help me to have as normal a life as possible.

Interesting news in the papers recently regarding a new drug that could help prevent the death of brain cells in patients diagnosed with conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.