Let’s continue with decorating my new pad here at talkhealth. Don’t worry I won’t exhaust the metaphor – we won’t be picking out coasters together. But I would like to set the tone, the style. My persona. And then we can discuss how Parkinson’s has affected it, because it has believe me.
I’ve always made stuff, loved arts and crafts, stitched and knitted but I’m a scientist by nature, analytical as well as intuitive. I work in the financial sector and spend my days problem solving. I was considered a bit of a high achiever I seem to remember. And then Parkinson’s came along.
So I was a business chick, tastefully taupe. Now? Now I have a blonde streak, wear colour and pattern, dress in vintage and knit for Britain. It’s fair to say I’ve changed. But I’ve tightened as well as loosened. So my boho prints have a darker tinge. I may have decided to try to live in the moment but the meds I am on enhance Parkinson’s tendency towards anxiety. I can’t handle stress like before. And with 2 small boys that’s hard to cope with.
Parkinson’s is a brain disease and boy can you tell. I’d say the emotional side is the toughest nut to crack. I need a friendly squirrel. He’d be welcome in my new house, the sooner the better.