I am yet another new arrival to the forum so I thought I should introduce myself.
I'm Mike aged 50 and was diagnosed 6 years ago. At the moment I consider myself to be quite fortunate in so much as the symptoms are largely kept under control by the medication and the progression is fairly slow. Without going into too much boring detail,(skip to the next paragraph if you want to avoid the list of my afflictions) my tremor is mostly left sided affecting arm and leg. Manual dexterity is a thing of the past, I am slow and getting slower by the day and my balance can be a bit iffy at times. This leads to me being "abused" by the instructor on the Wii fit machine!
I have the good fortune to be married to a wonderful caring (and currently blushing,
as she is typing this for me) wife, Mary without whom I couldnt cope. Things have just become a little more complicated as she has been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. To give you some idea how special she is, her reaction to her diagnosis was to say "I can't have that, I need to be able to look after my husband!"
I am a Maths teacher in a girls grammar school. Before Parkinsons (BP), I was a keen and relatively good amateur musician playing clarinet, saxophone and recorder. Sadly I have had to give that up. BP we were season ticket holders at Charlton Athletic but as my symptoms get worse in the cold and when I am stressed, watching them play became an ordeal rather than a pleasure. We went to our first game in 3 years at the weekend as guests in an executive box which was nice as they clinched the League One Championship - Up the Addicks!
I like to relax watching TV with Mary, when I'm not being obssessive about spreadsheets and powerpoints for work.
Hoping this will be the first post of many - but not too many i don't want to be obssessive about it!