My name is Sue and I developed PD 5 years ago, shortly after I was attacked by a Limousin cow with post-natal depression (or maybe she was generally ratty as I now understand this breed to be). I've been in denial since the diagnosis but have now reached the stage where I have to accept how I am - but I still have days when all of the toys are hurled out of the pram! Also, the merry quips about cutting down on the gin are wearing a bit thin.
I finished work about 6 months after the diagnosis (the tremor drove me mad and I had the perfect excuse to leave a job I loathed!) and my husband was retired a year ago - one of the casualties of Mr Cameron's vendetta against the Public Services. So I have a chauffeur if I don't feel like driving, a man with muscles who can pick me up from the floor when the gin influences my progress( I wish!), and a true friend to tell me a rude joke when the humour is a tad black. I am also very lucky to have 3 wonderful dogs who are constant company and the source of much fun; Betty is a black Staffie who is absolutely crackers, and Pip and Jack are Jack Russells who specialise in embarrassing us whenever possible.
I'm hoping to learn more about this complex condition, initially from the postings on the Forum, because my consultant will not engage in discussion.
Welcome Sue

It's possible to learn a lot from fellow posters on here, there is always someone with a similar experience and therefore understanding and sympathy.
Hello Susie and welcome to the forum. You will learn a lot from fellow members, they are a great bunch with sad to say many years experience of living with this complex disease.

You have a good sense of humour and that helps a lot I think. Keep posting.

Radz x
Hi Sue, 6 years ago i found this site and learnt everything that the good people on this sit could teach me, you"ll find most neuros are to busy to chat , and youll feel less alone and isolated with this dammed illnes so slice me a piece of lemon add some ice and make mine a large one ,(cheers)
After seeing your post about being attacked by a Limmy cow, I have to say I think you may have ‘stumbled’ on a cause of PD. We have Limousins and a few years ago I was bowled over by a cow in the yard, although to be fair not a Limmy! She had just calved & my husband was putting tags in the calf’s ears at the time, so why attack me!
Well I cannot beat that Bamb, cos I ain't got no cows!!! I do however have the all too common to us all...PD.

I'm just dipping in to welcome Susie and let her know that she will find the forum very informative and supportive, both things we all need at some time while we walk this road. As stated on previous postings, I have been dx for about 12 years now and retired for 4 years, I guess you could say I'm no longer a newby to Mr P!

Any questions please feel free to ask...I know that I learned so much from this forum when I first joined because my neuro told me nothing at all about the condition. He still told me nothing when he took me off DA's following a 3 year shopping binge!!! I had to find out 2 years later that I had been the subject of a compulsive disorder brought on by the meds. Great stuff when the patient is the last person to find out innit!!!

Sorry for the rant, but the lesson here is, ask the people who have PD and never suffer in silence, we will always find an answer for you on here.

Hope to see you around

Hi all,

My neuro commented that a car accident (other car crossed the road and hit head on) apeared to have accelerated the onset of symptoms. Previous to that I had only had vague "funnies" which I could regard as hypochondria. A couple of weeks after the accident the tremor started up in my arm and progressed so that by the time I saw the neuro six months later, my leg study which concluded that although the symptoms were accelerated by an accident (unspecified head traumas) it had not affected the long-term outcome. I recently watched a programme showing how sensitive horses are to almost undetectable changes in the posture of humans so perhaps the Limousin cows sensed something "strange" and reacted to protect their offspring.