Lockdown, a personal account of the first 100 days for a Parkinson’s sufferer.

It looks like after more than 7 years of using Word Press to write a blog there will be changes which means I am unable to continue in the same way. During those 7 years I have written about 90 blogs, had 13,250 views from 104 different countries. This blog is a summary of life since the arrival of the Corona Virus and not a lot has changed since that, I hope to be able to provide updates in the future, but not as often.
On Monday March 23rd 2020 the day began as normal. A Pilates class followed by coffee and a catch up with the girls. We talked about what was happening with the new virus but none of us expected it to affect us much. How wrong could we be! That evening Boris Johnson addressed the nation which brought home the gravity of the situation. Suddenly our lives would change, maybe for ever.
I had a good routine going each week which I felt gave me confidence to cope with the Parkinson’s that I had been diagnosed with nearly eight years ago. Swimming, choir, Pilates, badminton and the Dance for Parkinson’s classes in London , all helped. I could even manage the weekly shop and the complexities of the new parking machines but now it seemed that everything I enjoyed had been cancelled. I did feel some anger that I was being robbed of time when I was fit enough to try new things and travel the world.
We usually helped with our young grandson, who recently moved back from Australia. Even that was not possible in those early days, how I missed both him and my daughter. It was not easy for her and the millions of other mum’s to
work from home with a lively toddler wanting attention.
In those early times one of the few things you could do was some exercise. That daily walk was a highlight. Amazing how many local paths you could find and try. Spring was upon us and watching new leaves and bluebells appear was magical; the power of nature.
My Pilates teacher began putting a weekly class on YouTube which was another exercise I could then follow. It is a great help but not the same without the gossip and banter after a live session!
Gradually, very gradually, a glimmer of light began to appear and we could meet with a small group of friends outside. The Monday group could meet at a local recreation ground bringing chairs and flasks and sitting in a circle, suitably distanced.
I found that English national ballet we’re offering a virtual monthly class led by Kate and Matt whose classes I had so enjoyed before the virus struck. Hopefully one day they may start up again and it will feel safe to catch a train to London.
The coming of “bubbles” has meant that my husband and I can see and even stay with our daughter and grandson. We have met up, outside, with our son and daughter-in-law, emotional times!
The National Trust has recently opened its gardens which allows us to enjoy the wonders of nature and provides a real boost to morale
And finally, to make you laugh tune into a short video by Paul Mayhew Archer, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s eight years ago; https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-oxfordshire-52127654/coronavirus-paul-mayhew-archer-on-living-with-parkinson-s-and-covid-19 .
He looks to find humour between his condition and the corona virus.
Stay safe
Elspeth McKenzie