Hi there, Semele,
Thanks again for your reply.
Logically I know I am helpless, but it's the first real time that I've had to 'step up to the mark', and there's little I can do to take this away from mum. I know what I mean to say, but it's not coming out that well. I think of all the times that she has helped me when I am ill, taking away the pain, etc, but this time there is nothing I can do. While there are drugs and various remedies, this is only going to get worse, albeit slowly. That's where I feel helpless, although I know I shouldn't.
My parents are seeing a specialist over the weekend, so I will have a better idea of what they want and what they need from there. I have to say, the Parkinson's society has been amazing - I ordered almost every leaflet under the sun from them on Sunday and a fat envelope appeared on my doorstep yesterday. I don't want to crowd my parents or overload them with information, but at least I will be better informed. (Even reading through it yesterday, I feel as if I know tons more!)
Mum and dad definitely want to keep it to themselves, at least for now. The only people who know are my parents, me and my other half. I think that's more down to them coming to terms with it than wanting to keep it quiet, but think my mum feels there may be a stigma attached to PD.
Being an only child, there is only really me (and my other half) to support them; we live a way away too, so it's not always as easy to go and see them as it could be. I've not heard about Family Carers, though trying to get my dad on his own might be a good option, I just need to work out how!
Thanks again, Semele; it is really good to have someone in this position that I can converse with.