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That is a great idea for a part time gig. We could be extras on Zombie shows.... See having PD can make some money. Good zombie acting skills. Great poker face (never mind we can't hold the cards). But hey, some new skill sets to list on the old resume.

 

Sorry if I have drifted off topic.

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Ok, I've held my tongue long enough..........................

Did everyone remember to wear their (Parkie) mask for Halloween????

Wearing the mask is easy. It takes an effort to remember to put on the smiley face!

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Older thread, but here goes:

 

Yup, my face just hangs down, sorta zombie staring-like as I don't blink much or looks woefully sad (most appropriate when I was working in my funeral home!). Even as a kid ppl wld tell me to cheer up - maybe a forewarning of later PD? It is a concerted effort to make a smile now, the muscles feel stiff and I can't hold the smile very long, the cheek muscles and mouth quivers with effort. I'd put it down to having rare bilateral Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN, the suicide pain, sometimes stated as a less common symptom of PD or CO poisoning), but the mask seems common amongst PWP. I'm the 7th in my maternal line to have PD and the others, as I remember them, all had this same hanging look - my Granny called it her "pan face". The jowls & everything is heading south - looks miserable even if I'm happy!  :-(

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I'm not sure about the facial mask thing, but my wife is always telling me to try to look happy. Drives me nuts, but she is great at most everything else. I look at myself when I shave and I don't think I look messed up. I have to say, though, that facial mask is one thing I don't give a tinker's damn about.

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Bill, this is why my avatar (photo next to my name) has my Golden Retriever.  I tell everyone he is my dedicated smiler.

My wife for years would ask "are you mad at me?"  "Are you upset?"  As I concentrate on anything, I forget to smile! It is just the muscle memory isn't there any more, it is still in our hearts, but not "automatic smile" on my face. 

Worst part is I'll be tired, and sit down for a while. Not only not smiling, but mouth drops open and suddenly I realize I've been drooling. Oh my!

There is a wonderful cartoon by Peter Shohls-Dunlap that sums up "the parkie face"   -- works great when buying a new car. Drives salesmen crazy as they can not "read" your expression.

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On Wednesday, March 08, 2017 at 1:09 AM, GypsyGold said:

Older thread, but here goes:

 

Yup, my face just hangs down, sorta zombie staring-like as I don't blink much or looks woefully sad (most appropriate when I was working in my funeral home!). Even as a kid ppl wld tell me to cheer up - maybe a forewarning of later PD? It is a concerted effort to make a smile now, the muscles feel stiff and I can't hold the smile very long, the cheek muscles and mouth quivers with effort. I'd put it down to having rare bilateral Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN, the suicide pain, sometimes stated as a less common symptom of PD or CO poisoning), but the mask seems common amongst PWP. I'm the 7th in my maternal line to have PD and the others, as I remember them, all had this same hanging look - my Granny called it her "pan face". The jowls & everything is heading south - looks miserable even if I'm happy!  :-(

I noticed even before dx that when posing for a photo, ir was hard to maintain a smile. The corner of my mouth & cheek on my right side would quiver & fatigue quickly. Still does but not as badly. Didn't know what that was about until dx.

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