i was aged 58 when I was confirmed that I had PD but the signs had been present for a number of years.A depression episode at 52 and then total loss of smell and taste two years later and numerous other indicators such as my wife suggesting that my gait looked more like a monkey walking other people wondering if I had had a stroke etc. All minor observations that of course I denied that there was any relevance till I sat down with a consultant who informed me in 2006 that I had Parkinson's..
My knowledge of this condition was like almost all medical matters virtually nil. I hard.y knew how to spell Doctor yet alone see one,but it did tie up all those little niggles that had been happening.The industry I had been in all my life was farming, and this does tend to create people whose cup is half full,in so far as next year will be better,or it will rain tomorrow,or not depending on your requirements.
My wife and I decided that we would tell our children first,and depending on their reaction how quickly we would be open about it. So in summary we were open with all our friends as we knew life would change. I am very fortunate that I am able to tolerate the meds I am on at the level I take.We moved house to a bungalow in a nearby market town some 9 Years ago and we make the most of every day. This afternoon we felt totally Christmas Crackered after a couple of busy days ( busy for us) so we had a restorative nap for 40 mins. So where are we now. Yes ,of course, as I approach 70 I am getting worse,and my ability to walking a reliable fashion has evaporated. The good news for me is that my wife has dealt with my disability in the same way she dealt with 3 children under 3 years of age. Routine,doing 3 jobs at the same time, and accepting that she now has a husband who loiters around making helpful suggestions,well he thinks they are helpful. We try not to dwell about the future too much but take each day as it comes, and enjoy it.We have lost a number of friends these last few years that you do realise that life is finite, so it can be as simple as a cup of coffee whilst watching some felevision,a lunch with a family member or similar.
Yes,I totally accept I talk far too much,and my wife is suggesting I should write a book,about our lives together,because we have had so much fun,and have got a great family,but it is at a cost.Maybe I should not been so involved in crop husbandry and the chemicals used,maybe I should not have worked so many hours, but this is looking backwards,look ahead and wake up which will be at totally various times,I know,and tell yourself to make it count. Create a memory for somebody.