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A glimmer, Nine weeks into lockdown with Parkinson’s

Nine weeks since our lives changed for ever; mix Parkinson’s and Corona virus and what do you have but a picture of what has been described as an inevitable uncertainty. Parkinson’s is an illness that keeps you on your toes, never sure what will happen next!
May has been a glorious sunny month, we wake, however early that might be, with the birds singing, flowers opening and endless blue skies. The month started with VE Day and celebration in the streets remembering “Victory in Europe” day. Under strict guidelines we managed to share a happy evening with good friends and neighbours. Was that a tiny glimmer of something normal?
There was a step back though when I received a letter saying I was “extremely vulnerable” and should not go out of the house for 12 weeks from early May. I was previously told I was merely “vulnerable”! Fortunately I had a telephone appointment the next day with my consultant who told me the letter was a mistake. Never have I been so relieved.
As the month progressed exercise was allowed for as long as you liked and as often. By the end of May I managed some longer walks with friends and then latterly with the lovely daughter who was accompanied by Handsome Henry who introduced me to Peter Rabbits woods … as ever reminded of the need for social distancing. Another glimmer perhaps?

Peter Rabbits woods

One day I was looking at the website for English National Ballet and found details of a Dance for Parkinson’s virtual class taught by the brilliant team of Kate and Matt whose classes I enjoyed so much before the virus struck. Wonderful, maybe in time to come they may run again and it will be feasible to safely catch a train to London. There are lots of dance ideas, well worth a look.
Let us all help to keep the glimmer glowing!
Keep safe.


3 thoughts on “A glimmer, Nine weeks into lockdown with Parkinson’s

  1. So … now you can officially go out and about. I am sure you will do this with gusto during this beautiful Spring, and hopefully Summer, weather . Until next time … keeeeep smiling ! x

  2. I am sure you are loving seeing the world through Henry’s eyes. It is a wonderful place isn’t it? There have been positive things from being locked down – for example we have spent a great deal of time in our garden. Busy lives have meant that previously the garden was rarely used for morning coffee, afternoon tea and entertaining friends and family who haven’t been allowed into our house. The birds have been noisier than I remember – especially as there is little aircraft noise and only the occasional disturbance when a helicopter goes overhead (probably Boris heading in and out of London). We have also now been able to explore the neighbouring countryside – away from people – and have managed to find places practically on our doorstep previously driven past and not investigated. Hopefully you will enjoy your dancing with the aid of our clever technology. Hopefully,too, one day we will all be able to take a train into London again. Positive thinking and common sense will help us all find a way through these difficult times. Much love to you both. Frances xx

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