23 Feb 2012 by Meg Pinfield
Ivan has not been able to do his own shopping for some years now. Parkinson’s disease (PD) has left him with limited mobility and clawed hands so he cannot get to the shops, nor handle cash or cards, without help. Adaptable as ever, he simply asks for such help when he needs it.
21 Feb 2012 by Briony Cooke
It was a shock being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) at the young age of 47. In those early days, I was anxious to know what to expect and I spent hours scouring the Internet for symptoms and treatments. It was full of bewildering terms I did not understand like dyskinesia and others I dreaded like dribbling. Nowhere did the websites tell me that it was going to be easy. There were many uncertainties: how would PD progress?; what it was like living with PD?; and how long would I be able to work?
16 Feb 2012 by Chris Boughton
Until last week we had enjoyed one of the mildest winters on record where we live in the eastern part of the UK. However, around 10 days ago that all changed with the arrival of snow and below freezing air temperatures. We only had about 4 inches of snow but with the temperature rarely getting above freezing and at times as low as -8°C, the ice and snow have not yet gone away.
09 Feb 2012 by Chris Boughton
As regular followers of my blog will know, I take part in a pub quiz most Tuesday evenings with my wife and some friends. The maximum number of people per team is six and we usually have between four and six of us. Obviously the odds on winning are significantly reduced if there are six of us compared to say just four, although we did win narrowly with just four of us at the beginning of January. I am pleased to report that we won again last week.
01 Feb 2012 by Chris Boughton
My college break following the completion of the first semester of the first year of my degree course in English and History is drawing to a close and I return for lessons next week. My assignments and essays are all up-to-date and the preparatory reading for the fiction module, new for this semester, has also all been completed. We are due to have six lessons per week; there will be two lessons on political history, one lesson on introduction to history, two English lessons on fiction and one lesson on poetry. The lessons are one and half hours each so that is 9 hours of lessons per week in total. Whilst that may not sound like very much it will definitely be an extra challenge for me this semester.