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Hi everyone,

 

My name is James and I'm from Ottawa, Canada. I am 29 years old and have not yet been diagnosed. Actually, I fear that this is going to be a long, drawn out process and this is actually my biggest fear.

 

 

Anyways, I have a question about video games. I have always really loved playing video games and worry that I might not be able to play much longer, if I'm diagnosed. Do any of you play video games? If not, do you think you would be able to?

 

 

Thanks so much and nice to virtually meet all of you.

 

 

James

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Hi,

 

I'm 44 and DX'd in January. I'm a fairly avid video game player, although I don't play as much as I'd like. My symptoms are still pretty minor. My biggest problems are with quick time events, those pesky situations where you have to rapidly push a controller button when someone attacks you. I can still usually get through them, but it's harder.

 

Occasionally my adrenaline gets up and I start shaking too bad to play, but that doesn't happen often. If I'm relaxed I do fine.

 

PD will probably have an impact, but hopefully just in the types of games you choose and the skill level you set.

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Thanks Carl. I really appreciate the response. I'm really hoping it won't drastically affect my ability to play.

 

 

Thanks again.

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I'm not sure if this will inspire hope or not, but most Assisted Living Facilities, Nursing Homes and the like use Wii extensively to help folks maintain and even regain lost skills. The best for me are brain game training programs like Lumosity. Lumosity provides a variety of games that help keep you cognitively sharper. They measure speed, flexibility, memory, attention and problem solving. You could sign up for a lifetime member ship now and save yourself thousands upon thousands of dollars through the years! Unfortunately, when I had my first symptoms the video game industry was somewhere between PONG, PAC MAN and Frogger! I never could master Mario Kart: the little car kept turning backwards and going to wrong direction!!!

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Pong and packing man!!! That's 20 + years ago!!!

 

 

Yes, I have read articles about using wii for therapy. I'm more concerned about whether or not I will be able to use a controller.

 

 

I guess for now I should just forget about it as I don't even have any diagnosis yet.

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41 to be exact.  It was the first video arcade game.

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Interesting, that is around my age now. You seem to be doing well (still able to type and still in good spirits). Do you hope to get Duodopa pump at some point? I have read that you are not able to get DBS (that's a shame). I'm sure that in the next 5 to ten years there will be large leaps and bounds for PD treatment, and maybe, if everyone is extremely lucky, a cure in 5-10 years. 

 

Do you have any advice for someone who is not yet diagnosed but everything points in the direction of PD? Do you have any tips that have helped you along the way?

 

Thanks so much and it's a pleasure to meet you. 

 

James

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I guess I would have to say I'm grateful that I learned what I'd been suffering through only in hindsight. If I'd know ahead of time, with my capital O llttle cd (Ocd), I'm sure I would have been a mess. I glad I had a good deal of life skills developed by the time I was diagnosed. Oh, for the years when I was blissfully unaware of the huge scythe hanging near my neck!

 

Don't sweat the small stuff. When you hit big losses, grieve them instead of running from your feelings. It's stuffing your feelings that will kill you quicker than trying to deny them, because grief releases stress. while resistance increases it. Plan for the worst but expect the best. And one of my favorites, from a church readerboard in Texas in 1983:  Why pray when you can worry?

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