Hi, I’m Sefka, and I’m a Carer for my husband who was diagnosed with PD in 2018, though it’s likely he had it for some time before that. He’s 72 and I’m 61 years of age.
Now, here’s the tricky bit. HE is also MY Carer. I have lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, osteo arthritis, fibromyalgia, depression & anxiety, and PTSD.
I’m also as deaf as the proverbial post, and PD has made my already soft-spoken husband even more quietly-spoken, so conversations can be quite surreal in our home, as I try to figure out what he said in order to avoid asking him to repeat it for the 4th time!
We have no other family to speak of, so we simply prop each other up as best we can.
We’re both retired; he retired in 2016 just because he chose to at that point (he was 66 then); I was medically retired back in 2001, before I met my husband. I should mention, it’s 2nd marriage for us both - or as we say, we’re recycled!
I do “therapeutic work” as a minder with a home-from-home dog-sitting service - looking after peoples’ dogs when they go on holiday etc. Basically it’s an alternative to putting the dog in kennels.
My husband helps me with that, and we do dog-walking together, me on my mobility buggy, him on foot.
It helps keep me sane, and the walking has to be good for my husband.