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Christmas festivities and Parkinson’s

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 2015

Christmas 2015 at country house hotel.


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.

9 thoughts on “Christmas festivities and Parkinson’s

  1. What a lovely surprise re your daughter!! Hope she is there to celebrate the beginning of what I hope will be a good year for you! Best wishes from me – hope to see you in Spring xx

  2. Thank you for sharing your problems and solutions with us. I’m sure there will always be a solution to every difficulty for you as you are such a resourceful, positive person, and one I feel privileged to know. Glad you had such a good Christmas Elspeth.

    Love Frances x

  3. It was lovely sharing part of your Christmas Celebrations with you and wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t. I know that this year will be a good one for you and we will all be with you to share those special moments. Keep up the good work, will try and catch you, if I can!!!

  4. Let’s all raise our glasses to a good year! Looking forward to sharing lots of special times in 2015. Love “the other Elspeth” xx

  5. Brilliant to hear that you are so positive !! Glad to hear that you had such a lovely Christmas with all the family. We’re now in Hereford with all our lovely family in between Christmas and New Year. We’ll raise a glass to you at the start of 2015 and we’re sure it will be a good one for you!!
    Look forward to seeing you both soon.
    Love, Spike and Barbara xx

  6. Hello Elspeth, hoping to keep in touch more through facebook this year…..and it would be really good if we could meet up in Ludlow, not so very far from us, in September. Derek and I wish you good health and happy holidays in 2015.xx

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