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Beau's Mom

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    Staying happy, joyous and free from limitations set by my own limited thinking. Even with PD, and sometimes because of PD, life can be grand!!!

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  1. Hallusinations

    Welcome, MDGeorge. I experienced audio hallucinations from Amantadine; they went away as soon as I stopped the medication. I suggest a neuro-psych evaluation. It will determine whether the medications are causing the problem or if it's progression of your PD. For a professional opinion, post your question in the Ask the Doctor or Ask the Pharmacist part of the Forum. Dianne
  2. Apathy - any suggestions

    I discovered that I was in a grief process for each loss I experienced along the PD pathway. Obsession with the "what ifs" and the "OMGs" as I read more about progression robbed me of precious energy. As I reached acceptance of each change in function, I realized that fighting change was not a useful strategy. It only depleted what energy I had. My rehab psychologist told me 10 months after diagnosis that on stressful days, my only tasks were to breathe, eat, and sleep. If there was energy left, I could exercise. Being an overachiever I added meditation to the list. It took some years to accept PD as a part of my life. Now that I have, I can use my mental energy to find creative adaptations to my new life in the slow lane. I found the following helpful: "And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, It is because I find some person, place, thing, situation -- Some fact of my life -- unacceptable to me, And I can find no serenity until I accept That person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God's world by mistake. Unless I accept life completely on life's terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much On what needs to be changed in the world As on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes." Alcoholics Anonymous Copyright 1976 A.A.W.S. Inc. Dianne
  3. Tremors only -- could it be YOPD?

    That is a question to post in the Ask the Pharmacist forum. My personal experience is that those medications do not cause tremor. Dianne
  4. This came to my email today from the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation. https://nwpf.org/stay-informed/news/2018/01/january-2,-2018-news-update/ I have been using Duopa for the better part of two years. It changed my PD experience in a positive way. Dianne
  5. Dad newly diagnosed

    Welcome, NickP1225. What type of doctor diagnosed your dad? Was it a general neurologist or a Parkinson's specialist (Movement Disorders Specialist, MDS)? Did the doctor prescribe medication that your dad is unwilling to take? PD diagnosed past the age of 60 progresses more quickly than Young Onset PD. From your description of his feet, he may be experiencing freezing, which can lead to falls and more severe fractures. He needs the medication. If you can get him to see an MDS, that would be best. Dianne
  6. maybe PD?

    Hi, Beachgirl. It would be best for you to see a Movement Disorders Specialist. Your neurologist was correct in prescribing Sinemet (carbidopa/levodopa) to see if it relieves your symptoms. PD is a complicated disease and not all people have tremor. There are about 50 symptoms of PD that an MDS looks for. Feel free to post in the Ask the Doctor section of this forum. Dr. Okun is always happy to answer any questions. Dianne
  7. Throat advice?

    Ask your doctor to order a swallow study. It will reveal how your swallowing muscles have been affected. There are exercises you can do to delay their deterioration. Dianne
  8. Good morning!!

    Our family gathering was a brunch on Christmas Eve. My sister wasn't up to the usual party at her home, so we went to her middle son's home. When Jared offered a prayer about supporting each other after the recent death of my Dad, there wasn't a dry eye in the room. The opportunity to share our grief was priceless. I was able to enjoy an outing with some friends from church to see the Zoolights at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo. My daughter and her husband are visiting from Texas. Their Christmas gift to me was three bottles of CBD oil. It relieves dyskinesia and pain from PD. Wishing everyone a 2018 that is a huge improvement over 2017. Dianne
  9. Good morning!!

    Good morning and Merry Christmas from Seattle. We are enjoying a white Christmas this year. All the kids are excited; their parents are happy that the snow will be melted by this evening. I find I have more symptoms during prolonged stress. I can also find pockets of joy. My hope is that when the stress eases, my energy will return. That's all I want to say about that. I'm positive we will all have a Happy New Year! Dianne
  10. I've joined the club

    Welcome, Arlington. My symptoms were bilateral when I was diagnosed at the age of 57 in 2010. I've gained many friends in my years on the forum. Whatever my problems, there is someone here who has helped me find solutions. Keep coming back. We're here to support you. Dianne
  11. Good morning!!

    LAD, blessings as you continue your PD journey. Dianne
  12. Good morning!!

    Good evening to all. My dad passed away Monday, December 11, 2017, at about 9:15 AM PST. He had just had a bath and a shave and was comfortable in his bed when he took his last breath. A longtime member of the US Army Reserves, Lt Colonel Donald Keith Lyons proudly reported to his next post. His wife, four children, numerous grandchildren and five great-grandchildren remain to grieve. One grandson, my son, Casey J. Kolberg, was waiting in Heaven to welcome him to his true Home. Many thanks to everyone who held me and my family in thoughts and prayers these last three weeks. One thing PD has taught me is how to grieve multiple losses. Much love, Dianne
  13. Diagnosed at 40 very scared

    Welcome, Debsten. You are feeling the same emotions I experienced after my diagnosis in late 2010. Please give yourself permission to feel and express whatever you're feeling. Ask your MDS for a referral to a psychologist or Clinical Social Worker that is knowledgeable about YOPD. I've been seeing the same Rehab Psychological since eight months after being diagnosed. She has been a tremendous help to me, especially in the first year as I adjusted to my new normal. Depression and anxiety are normal after such life-altering news. Take the antidepressant. You probably won't need it forever. Sending you a big hug! Dianne
  14. Good morning!!

    Thanks for the supportive thoughts, jb. My dad has been moved to hospice. It should be only a few days before he transitions to the next phase of his soul's growth. I have said my goodbyes and trust he will have a gentle passing. Dianne
  15. Good morning!!

    I feel so much love and support from you, dear friends. As I leave for another day at the hospital with my family I will take y'all with me. Love, Dianne