Hello again from Oregon!
Casie, congratulations on your retirement! You'll love it. The gift of time is the greatest part of it; when you can use your time as you choose, it becomes a joyful freedom instead of a measurement for obligations. Life begins at retirement, in my opinion.
By the way, your tendency to cry easily and to feel depressed can be a side effect of one of your medications. I have forgotten which one it was, but one med made me very weepy when I first started taking it.
Shefinn, of course I don't mind your asking about medications. That's one of the reasons this forum is so valuable: exchanging info about our meds.
My first med was Mirapex or Pramipexole. It eliminated all my symptoms within a couple of weeks. I'd noticed my shrinking handwriting, change of gait, lack of coordination, stiffness in arm and shoulder, inability to move my legs to swim. All were gone! My doctor added Amantadine, but it didn't seem to have any effect at all. I still take it anyway. As soon as rasagiline (Azilect) came on the market here, my doctor added it as a way of delaying the progress of PD. As my symptoms emerged again over the years, we increased the dosage of Mirapex. I'm now at 6 mg. per day, the maximum. The last med we added to the mix was a small dose of carbidopa/levodopa about three or four years ago, I think.
To these prescription medications I add otc supplements. I am not sure which, if any, are helping; but since I'm doing so well, I continue taking them. Why rock the boat? My supplements are vitamin C, Ubiquinol (the active part of CoQ-10), oil of oregano, glucosamine (for my mild arthritis). Because my case of PD began with gastric problems (gastroparesis), I also take Domperidone (Rx) and Omiprazole (otc).
You asked about the weather in the U.S. While the East Coast is getting pounded by storms and buried in snow, we on the West Coast are having sun and very spring-like weather. Temperatures are too warm for February, really, so we expect to have a cold March, perhaps with some snow. The climate around Portland is quite similar to the climate of southern England or northern France. It's a great gardening area!
As always, I wish you well.