Getting ready for Christmas for meandparkinsons

Last week I had my six month check up with the consultant. He got me to try a few exercises with my left fingers and feet which, unsurprisingly, showed that any actions are much slower and petered out on that side. However, the rest of me feels really well, cheerful and with good energy levels and reasonable sleep patterns so, for the time being, I shall just keep on with the Rasagiline. No let up in exercise though!

I gave a very short talk to the local branch of Parkinson’s UK (PUK) about the project that we have been working on at the Service Users Group. We would like it to be routine for more information about the free help that is available, both nationally and locally through PUK, to be given out by relevant health officials upon diagnosis. I spoke to my consultant last week and he seemed very interested. There is a monitoring process so after a time we should be able to see what support it is receiving, fingers crossed!

The “Good Vibrations” choir formed part of a jazz evening recently, led by the fabulous Lou Beckerman, and helped raise £500 pounds for PUK; excellent. I do believe we are getting better! Our last song “Somewhere” was a bit of a tear jerker as you could think of it as being related to our condition. Ironically at the end of this week’s Dance for Parkinson’s, at the English National Ballet, that music was played live at the end of the class and I couldn’t help but sing along with it! Next week is the last class before Christmas and for a bit of fun we are all going to wear the most awful socks we can find.

Life isn’t all about Parkinson’s, it’s about enjoying time with friends. One of my favourite times is going out to eat and catching up with “Ladies who Lunch” groups, often at posh places with good offers. At Christmas we all go out together and the men chauffeur us to and from our chosen restaurant, this time a beautiful country house hotel where we have the library decorated and set up for us, fabulous. Christmas always sees lots of catching up. We have been lucky enough to make friends with people we have met on holidays in such places as New Zealand and France, and at home badminton, teaching and walking groups celebrate together.

Coastline in Les Landes

Coastline in Les Landes

Our final holiday saw us enjoying some late sun in the south west of France staying with a dear college friend in her lakeside flat. She was an excellent tour guide and showed us some lovely places, surf and lakes. Eating at lunch time with locals meant we had some great experiences, most memorable a 14 euro four course meal, with wine and coffee included, in a sunny garden.

Yesterday Sussex saw the first snow and frost of the year. Winter is here. Dark evenings can be spent planning trips for 2016, the first being Australia in February.