my name is paul and i live in mablethorpe - i would like to hear from anyone of working age and how do you cope
I am working age , although i don't work, quite a few of us are working age some work struggling along and some don't, fire away with questions
Hoping to carry on working for a long time yet (46) . I understand there is no 'typical' with PD and hard to make generalisations... but I'll ask anyway.. how long have people found they want to / are able to work for ?
After diagnosis I carried on the same in work for about two years. I then realised that my reactions were not fast enough to feel safe driving and I gave up . My company were great and they allowed me to get taxis. However after 4 years I was conscious that I was so much slower, especially with my thought process and I felt I was not doing my best for the young people I was supporting, so i decided to retire.
I miss the social aspect of work but as I used to work long hours and weekends I am enjoying seeing more of my family and doing other things that having time allows me to do.
I sometimes feel I gave up work too soon, but the truth is, I was finding it too difficult physically and mentally. I would advise you to think long and hard about when you want to leave and make sure that it is right for you.
I seem to remember reading the trend for ending work or modifying it was around 5 yrs , i found my self being in the position of being unable at work, it had become unviable for me or employer and then had to find out what the label for it was eventually parkinsons, looking back Physically & mentally there's no way I would be able too keep up with the demands of the work then or now.
i am working for myself at the moment
am opening my shop soon making things out of re- claimed wood - think it very hard to work with other people as they simply dont get this whole parkinsons situation - so i am the boss now - will employ someone if at all possible
thanks Sea angler / Juju . Yes self employment sounds like a good option Post Office. Hope it goes well.
Aye. Aye po
i still work but it depends on. What type of work your expected to do , I work as a delivery driver on a 7.5 ton lorry but I have to do all kinds of manual work too like scaffolding to driving mini digger tidy building sites ect but there is always lads on every site I go to and if I can't manage they always help me out we have 20 lads and they are all good to me if not for them am afraid it would be game over for me ,in saying that you will know yourself when to give up but I hope to last a while yet plus.my boss is really good that makes all the difference but I did 8 good years there before I got PD good luck to you you will know when to throw in the towel but don't be too hasty as your med will be off from time to time all the best for now.
How odd when I told dvla about my parky the first thing they did was take my C1 driving licence away ? Left my bike licence though which is no good to me as I lack the balance to ride now, when asked when I enquirer about it am told that's standard practice, most bizarre ,
Live well. Cc
Hi there cc
i feel that was a bit harsh to take licence away so quick , sounds like your docs put the nice in somewhere , driving is the thing I can do really well ,think you got a bad deal cc. Take care
Good luck hope you do well
Live well. Cc
Aye po not trying to be negative but I was self employed for 20 years and working for your self is not all it's cracked up to be good luck in all you do I admire you doing it all the best
Good luck to you get on!