Hello, shaky mama & shelly & mrs. t ---
If I may join your discussion a bit late, I'd like first to offer condolences to shaky mama on the loss of her husband. I'm so sorry you had to suffer a double disaster. I lost my husband of 40 years in May of 2012 but had had PD for 15 years at that point, so my diagnosis and his death were at least separated in time.
It's good to hear that you are benefiting from Sinemet. It works for most of us with PD, I think, though I started taking it very late. My doctor prescribed Mirapex (pramipexole) first, and it eliminated virtually all my symptoms. But after some years, the symptoms emerged again and called for new medications. Now I'm taking a fistful of pills every day, even though I used to be the sort of person who avoided all medication if possible. But I'm lucky in having good results and no side effects at all. The meds plus lots of exercise are keeping me fairly steady for the moment.
I couldn't agree more with all of your comments on people offering unwanted help. I guess they don't realise how insulting it is, really. But I try to be patient and follow Shelly's polite method.
Sorry to be so wordy. I notice mrs. t can say in three lines what it takes me three paragraphs to express!
Best wishes to all!