This afternoon I went along to my GP's surgery to assist with a tutorial being given to some 4th.yr. medical students. My GP briefed me beforehand and told me I would be asked questions about my condition, but not to mention the P word, as she wanted them to work out for themselves that I had Parkinson's.
They were 4 lovely young doctors-to-be and asked very pertinent questions, occasionally prompted by my doctor. I have no tremor, so it was not easy for them to make a diagnosis. Eventually one of them suggested I had Parkinson's and our discussion went on from there. They examined me and tested my reflexes and were making notes. I had prepared and taken with me, a printed sheet of my journey with P so far and they were very interested to read this. (So was my doctor!). I had also printed off a copy of the 5 stages of Parkinson's.
I found the whole experience very rewarding. Not only were they learning about the syndrome, but it gave my doctor a chance to hear my answers and views on the subject, (something you can't do in a normal 10min. doctor's appointment). I also left lots of booklets from Parkinson's UK, for them to read.
The hospital usually instructs these medical students, but the Neurology department is so understaffed at the moment, that they asked my GP to help out. I'm so glad they did.......it was a great opportunity for me to share information and concerns about our illness.