I had begun to feel weakness in my right hand, and a small imperceptible tremor. (It still cannot be seen by others, unless I am under stress or am cold.) I suspect that I had symptoms I ignored. For example, in 1991, someone complained that I frequently dragged my feet (my right foot).
I am not satisfied with my meds and the lack of knowledge re treatment of PD.
I am depressed, slow, clumsy, suffer from "colonic inertia" which creates my primary stress. The stress I feel is exacerbated by having had several surgeries for scoliosis resulting in 11 fused vertebrae and osteoporosis.
The osteoporosis has caused me to lose 5 inches in height -- I've gone from 5'2" to 4'9". My internal organs below my ribcage feel compressed and cause me great discomfort. All this and Parkinson's Disease...........bah humbug!
I am single and live alone with my cat. Until the last year, this has suited me well since I am a relatively independent woman. But now, as my PD is progressing, I miss the companionship of a larger furry beast. (The cat just doesn't cut it!) Very soon, I also will need a caregiver because everything is beginning to be quite difficult. That takes money, which I thought I had, but this current economy ate up a large portion of my savings. So stress is rearing its ugly head.
Until several years ago, I worked as a licensed cliniical worker. Over the years I worked with a variety of populations -- emotionally disturbed adolescents who resided in large group settings, and my last position was as a psychiatric social worker in a jail setting. Most of my professional life was in administration as well as direct treatment. I retired several years ago and am spending my time trying to deal with this PD.
In my childhood and younger years (until my mid-thirties), I spent much time as a classical singer. I've lived in Miami (where I was raised), New York City, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area in California. I sang with the San Francisco Bach Choir for 14 years until 2000.
The above doesn't really tell you about me, but it hits the tops of the mountains.
Mar 20, 2009
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