Dad has been diagnosed about 8 years ago with this degenerative disease.
Since then it has been a long journey of deterioration and disappointment over the years for him as well as the entire family. The good thing is that Dad’s brain is still functioning well. Maybe thanks to his personal physical condition, his medication protocols or his life style, he seems to have been more spared than others who are suffering from the same disease. He has a fairly good moral in general and his awareness seems as normal as mine. At times we would almost forget that he is sick if his physical symptoms were not there.
Indeed, some family friends who had also been diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the same time are in much worse conditions. For instance, one of Dad’s former colleagues who fell ill a few month after, is already bedridden. So what made the difference?
It is true that Mum had a rather holistic approach of Dad’s sickness. Right away she threw in his diet loads of fresh veggies and fruits. He enjoys eating very much and tends to be overweight. Mum let him eat what he wants but she makes sure she adds up loads of precious nutrients. She also makes sure Dad’s overweight remains controlled. She noticed that with fewer kilos he walks better and has a better balance in general.
Beside of his diet, Mums organized a lot of prevention or corrective measures such as speech therapy to help him keep his speech faculty and proper swallowing. Physiotherapy is scheduled twice week with a strong Physiotherapist who makes Dad really work out in a preventive and intense way. These sessions are fun while being athletic. On top of Physio sessions, Mum found a Massage therapist to focus on Dad’s muscles stiffness. The Masseuse comes usually once a week but if Dad’s muscles were stiffer for whatever reasons, she would come another time during the week.
Most of all, Mum is Dad’s first admirer so she notices all the changes or signs in his daily life. Her input is crucial when they meet with Dad’s Neurologist. By describing the pattern of Dad’s moods, energy and activity, the doctor may adapt Dad’s treatment accordingly. Somehow Dad is constantly monitored and everything around him is dedicated to identify changes in order to adapt to these in a preventive manner.
The consequences of such illness on the Family but most of all on Mum are tremendous. It deeply changed all of us because beyond the sickness, we all have to deal with Dad’s deteriorating slope in the long run. We know the outcome. So on one hand we are all very saddened. On the other hand, the sickness forces us to consider other perspectives and enjoy fully each good moments life still has to offer us together.
Do you know that more than 10 millions people suffer from Parkinson’s disease in the world? For more details and statics, please consult the following website: http://www.pdf.org/en/parkinson_statistics