Parkinson Disease One Day at a Time

writershirley lopez By writershirley lopez, 4th May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Parkinson Disease effects many people in different ways. It is hard to determine how a person feels at any given time. But a PD suffers just like many others with different diseases but often go unrecognized without the much needed help. Love and special attention is always needed.

Parkinson Disease Underestimated

Parkinson Disease over estimated and not particularly noted as one of the top diseases such as Alzheimer’s or other disorders. It is very hard to live with Parkinson Disease and survival is only for the strongest will power. Many who suffer are not always recognized with the disease until they are deep into the disorder. Living with Parkinson Disease is very hard when you try to get family and friends to understand how you feel.

Physical Problems

Many people show their signs by shaking (tremors), the way they walk, and a slurred speech. These signs are easily recognized. Those who suffer from internal symptoms have it much harder because they feel everything from the inside and are not able to express it to anyone. Both sides ache, you are stiff but not noticeable to those around you. Often you have headache and suffer from a low grade fever. It is not unusual to have leg cramps that impairs your walking. Internally you hurt all the time which effects your ability to sleep. With not enough sleep you find that you are constantly tired.

Mental Problems

While most people who suffer from Parkinson Disease are highly intelligent and earlier in their lives had important jobs and the family always depends on their abilities to solve situations they find that now their abilities mentally have greatly decreased. For instance, I find that when I am traveling someplace I forget how to get to my destination. Often I get to the place intended but forget how to get home. I need to write down which way I went in order to get home. Forgetting a lot of things is part of the disorder and it is very frustrating.

One of my other problems is not being able to recall who other people are at times. Since I live in the Senior Community I meet many different people and those I am not close to I might forget some of the others that I have met. People will talk about so and so then it takes me a while before I can remember oh, yes she lived on the third floor for instances. Of course I am able to recall my close friends now. I wonder how long it will be before even that fades.

I have to be very careful around my home because it is easy to leave the stove top on or to forget the oven. Thank God for my dear husband who goes behind me and turns off things for me. That makes it much safer for me. And sometimes my concentration is very bad so I am not able to write articles like I once did. I enjoy writing for Wikinut because I am able to write when I feel able and if I am not able then I can rest. It helps to be able to keep working on projects and not give up on life.

Family and Friends

The bottom line is that most people usually do not understand how you feel physically or mentally. You do not want to share because people think you are a complainer or off your trolley. You still want to have a life where you are at home without people thinking that you are incapable of taking care of yourself. Unlike Alzheimer’s you do not totally lose your ability to work, take care of yourself, or function in society. Especially in the start of this disorder.

It is very hard to maintain your existence when you get older and more problems arise. The cost of the medication is outrageous and there is not help financially. When family does pitch in with help you usually have to pay them back and the costs keep mounting. Family and friends may not understand why your responses are slow. Often you are in pain while walking but are expected to go faster. Once you could move fast and lift things with ease. Now you are not able too but outwardly this does not show. That is why family or friends may not offer help because you look just fine.

It is never easy no matter what phase you are in to cope with Parkinson Disease. If you know anyone who suffers from Parkinson Disease please be understanding and try to be helpful. Love is essential along with understanding in order to help a person with the disease.

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Family, Friends, Memory, Mental, Mental Disorders, Physical

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author avatar writershirley lopez
Enjoy writing blogs and website landing pages for over 50 years. A retired grandmother who enjoys writing in a variety of topics, funny stories, serious news, medical, legal. family, and religious.

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author avatar snerfu
5th May 2015 (#)

Truly a terrible plight! Parkinson's disease must surely have a cure...somewhere in the future. Meantime,like you say writershirley lopez we must learn to cope.

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author avatar writershirley lopez
5th May 2015 (#)

Prayers are for a cure especially for the children who have developed this disease.

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author avatar snerfu
5th May 2015 (#)

Yes, help and support to sustain them in comfort is imperative. God bless them.

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author avatar shifamassey
12th May 2015 (#)

Omg ! It's really so dangerous to hear. Thanks for sharing us. !

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author avatar Kingwell
13th May 2015 (#)

Two of my brothers died of Parkinson's disease. It is terrible as you say. Blessings.

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author avatar writershirley lopez
13th May 2015 (#)

Yes Parkinson is a horrible disease my Grandfather and Father both died in their 50's of this disease. I now have it but am in my sixties. Still able to function but not nearly as well as I could just a few years ago. Looking forward to a cure some day and praying my only son (natural birth) does not inherit it.

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