Fumbling fingers with Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s moves very slowly which gives you time to adapt to the changes it necessitates. I have noticed over the last months that my manual dexterity has become poorer particularly with two handed tasks such as:-
tying shoe laces,
buckles on strappy shoes,
doing up little pearl buttons,
drying my back with a towel,
putting on my cardigan/coat,
flossing my teeth,
using a knife and fork,
finding things quickly in my handbag – having brightly coloured contents helps;

Different coloured items are easier to find.

Different coloured items are easier to find.

At the end of this month the “Good Vibrations” choir play their second gig during a jazz evening to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK. I am feeling rather nervous as I will miss the last two rehearsals and am finding remembering the words of five songs challenging. One of the choir members has recorded the music for the songs so we can sing along at home; amiable husband moves out of the room pretty fast!

I have just returned from the weekly ballet class at English National Ballet, very exciting. We were filmed for next Monday’s (26th October) Channel 4 News ahead of a report coming out on Tuesday about the impact the classes have had on our Parkinson’s.

This month the said husband and I went to Suffolk for the weekend and enjoyed a weekend staying at the pretty village of Orford in glorious sunshine. Himself is a bit of a twitcher and we spent a day at the RSPB site at Minsmere, an amazing place where he fulfilled an ambition to see a bearded tit!

Bearded Tit

Bearded Tit

I wish birds would stay in one place a bit longer so that a beginner could get the binoculars focused in the right place. Wading birds like the advocet are very helpful as they stay on the ground longer!

On Sunday we fly to Biarritz, France, to stay with an old college friend who has lived in France for forty years. The weather hopefully will be kind to us and we can explore some of Les Landes, country and seaside during our last break for 2015. However, there are lots of dinners and celebrations to enjoy through the festive season and it will soon be time to fly to Australia again in mid February for some warmth and sunshine and to spend time with the lovely daughter.

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