What? Another New Symptom?

What do we do when a new symptom or difficulty appears? There were so many that I stopped counting: dry eyes, drooling, double vision, lack of facial expression, softer speech, smaller handwriting, and the list goes on and on. Today I’d like to choose one and tell you how we handled it from the dayContinue reading “What? Another New Symptom?”

Let’s Write a Book

Good morning, friends, Since we are writing a book about Parkinson’s, we will begin with the diagnosis. Would you like to give some input? I would love to hear about your experiences and your responses to these questions: When you received the diagnosis, what was your first thought? What was your first question either toContinue reading “Let’s Write a Book”

Parkinson’s Disease By Stages

While we are used to hearing doctors frequently classify a diagnosis of cancer by stages, “you have stage 4 colon cancer”, or something similar, it is not often that we hear Parkinson’s described by stages. However, there are published stages that are loosely defined. While going through my husband’s medical notes this past week, IContinue reading “Parkinson’s Disease By Stages”

A Brain Injury

My goal is to encourage and support those who care for a loved one with Parkinson’s Disease or other chronic or degenerative conditions. When my husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in June of 2000, many things that had happened in the previous few years made more sense. He had become extremely fatigued after shortContinue reading “A Brain Injury”

Anticipatory Grief

The purpose of my blog is not to make money, to gain fame, or to gather the most followers. I write for personal healing and to support and encourage those who care for a loved one with a chronic or degenerative condition such as Parkinson’s Disease. My topic today and in subsequent weeks arises fromContinue reading “Anticipatory Grief”

I wish I could tell you . . .

The purpose of this blog is to encourage and support those of you who care for someone with a chronic or degenerative disease. But the truth is that I receive encouragement and support from you, my friends, more than I feel I give. It is really true that in giving, I receive. I wish thereContinue reading “I wish I could tell you . . .”

Making Medical Decisions

I am not a nurse, nor do I have any medical training. Instead, I am just the spouse of a man who has advanced Parkinson’s Disease. If you do have medical training of any kind and you are a caregiver, you are ahead of the game. Count yourself blessed! Since I have little frame ofContinue reading “Making Medical Decisions”

Giving and Taking Advice

Which are you better at? Giving advice or taking advice? This past week I found myself doing a little bit of both. As I write to you today, my fellow caregivers, my prayer is that you will be encouraged and realize that many others have walked this care-giving road before, and we are all hereContinue reading “Giving and Taking Advice”

What to do in a CRISIS

This is the 9th day since hubby was tested for COVID-19, and we still do not have the official results. My unofficial diagnosis is that he does NOT have the coronavirus, mostly because his symptoms are not consistent with that virus. Instead, we discovered that he likely has an infection that is treatable with antibiotics,Continue reading “What to do in a CRISIS”