Thank you Sheffy for your kind words. If I didn't use the 'stuff' I absorbed over the years caring for Mum - I think I'd have brain ache!! I do what I can!
Joining the forum and sharing from a carer's point of view is a good way to put the difficult 10 years learning to -hopefully - good use. I am glad to support when possible. Lots of things I know nothing about, but, I see a thread and often think - that happened to Mum...I know something about that!
The distended abdomen was actually when Mum was losing weight fast - as she had lost interest in food, it turned out that the weight loss was connected to her 'swallow' being very compromised. So it was more of :- eating was so tiring and scary for her, as she frequently felt she was about to choke...that she wasn't eating much, and so losing weight and then lots of other functions being affected either by that - or by progressing PD.
Hope that answers your question!