Parkinson’s is an illness that progresses very slowly, you can often work out how to overcome a problem before it becomes one. Recently, however, I came across an unexpected challenge that came out of the blue at a carol concert. We were all given candles to hold, the lights were dimmed and we all stood for the first carol. Well, I suddenly found that holding the candle meant I couldn’t just stand as usual and it took me a while to join the rest of the congregation; rather embarrassing! By the next carol I had realised that if I waited till the person in front got up I could hold onto the back of his chair, phew. I know that having difficulties getting out of a chair is often an early sign of Parkinson’s but thought I could do that easily, I was very relieved that at another Christmas service, with no candles, I could be one of the first standing!
Christmas is a lovely time for celebrating with friends and family. The “ladies who lunch” groups enjoyed lunch together at a country house hotel which was beautifully decorated. We ate in the library, set up for our party only which meant we could be as noisy as we liked!
Christmas and Boxing Day were spent with the amiable husband, dashing son and gorgeous daughter-in-law and, unexpectedly, the lovely daughter who flew in from Australia; what a treat to have us all together. A visit to the races saw smiles on all our face, my profit was only £8 but they all did better, no chance of me becoming a gambler which can be a side effect of some Parkinson’s medication.
This was my third Christmas with Parkinson’s, 2015 will undoubtedly see things continue to slowly change but with help and support from so many I am optimistic that it will be a good year.