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Long haul flying with Parkinson’s

Next week the amiable husband and I travel to Australia for a month of warmer weather, staying with the lovely daughter in Melbourne. As we start the packing I realise that this is the first time I have been on a long haul flight since taking the dopamine, medicine which requires taking at the same times daily. Obviously as Australia is 11 hours ahead of us it will need a few alterations to the schedule so it is going to be a bit of a learning curve! During our trip we will be spending a few days in Tasmania, visiting the beautiful Wineglass Bay and Bruny Island.

Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

Recently I joined the walking group on a seven mile walk close to the South Downs (but with a promise of not climbing to the top). However, we were walking at quite a good pace and were too early for our pub lunch so agreed to add an extra loop. We didn’t realise until it was too late that the path climbed steeply nearly all the time. Half way up I became aware that my left arm, which had been swinging well, had stopped moving and didn’t know what to do with itself. I then realised that the dopamine had been all used up before the next pill was due! When I looked at my Fitbit it told me that I had walked the equivalent height of 77 stairways, no wonder it was a bit of a struggle!

I always look forward to Saturdays and my day in London, the morning shopping and the afternoon at the Dance for Parkinson’s Class with English National Ballet. Recently I began to think I needed some sort of shoes to wear but not ballet pumps as my left foot tends to curl up a bit in them. It was suggested that I should get some soft shoes with a strap more commonly used by dance teachers. Armed with lots of advice I visited the famous ballet shop called Freeds near Trafalgar Square. What an amazing place, I could have sat watching the ballerinas there who piroutted and twirled on their pointes all afternoon, fascinating. I left with my shoes which will be ideal once worn in a bit and very soft and supportive.

The new shoes for ballet.

The new shoes for ballet.

As storm Doris rages around us it seems very strange to be laying out summer clothes ready to pack. Knowing that Melbourne can see all four seasons in a day it will require some careful thought!

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6 thoughts on “Long haul flying with Parkinson’s

  1. Hoping that you have a wonderful trip to Australia and Tasmania.
    I am still in New Zealand enjoying our last week in the South Island. Fabulous sights and good weather but it’s true you need clothes for 4 seasons.Look forward to reading your next blog!

  2. Have a safe trip and hope all works out. Also, don’t forget my Tasmanian photo album having learnt everything there is to know about Tasmania!!! Geophysical details as well!!! Love to all xxx

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