Parkinsonism is a "Bear" to Bear
Last updated: June 2022
I was very active in my life until 2018, when I began having problems with my right side (leg, ankle, foot, and handwriting). I moved from Seattle, WA to Sugar Land, TX to be near my family (what's left of it), thinking I'd be an extra babysitter for my four nephews. Little did I know that Parkinsonism lay in wait for me.
When I got to Sugar Land, I continued my exploration of what was wrong with my leg. Three or four doctors later, I got my diagnosis of Hemi (half) Parkinsonism and acute spasms of my right toes.
Not only did I not turn out to be an extra babysitter for my nephews, but I also developed incontinence (urinary and fecal) along with other non-motor symptoms. And I lost the ability to walk without the aid of a walker -- all in the last three years.
Losing good attitude
Not only did I lose the walking that I had been doing every morning to start the day, I lost my good attitude. My attitude was in the toilet (along with my depends).
I began living with my brother and his new wife of 2-1/2 years after being here two years, and I almost wore out my welcome because of my attitude. When I finally woke up and apologized for not realizing my new sister-in-law set the rules of the house, things went smoother. The "bear" of Atypical Parkinsonism is easier to bear.
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