In order to understand my approach to having a chronic illness, you need to know a little about me and my side of the family. My grandmother had and my Daddy has Macular Degeneration. My Daddy has been legally blind now for over 30 years, gradually losing more and more of his sight, but never doing anything to prepare himself for being blind.
I’ve said for years that if I were ever diagnosed with the beginnings of MD, I’d immediately start learning Braille and take classes on how to take care of myself from a low vision standpoint.
My approach to any illness is to search the Internet for every bit of information I can find. I have a Chemistry major, with a strong background in Biology and Biochemistry, so the technical papers usually make at least some sense to me.
With that said, it shouldn’t be so surprising that I’ve spent almost all this week researching everything I can find about Parkinson’s Disease. I’ve found bits and pieces of information on various sites that I’ve bookmarked for myself, but the links that have the most information, presented clearly, I’ll be listing in the right hand column.
DH and I are working together, bouncing ideas around as we try to understand how to balance the medicine with the foods that interfere with the medicine, but are necessary for good health. I did my first set of the PD exercises today, and DH bought a different cereal for me, based on the nutrition information I found.
By the time I see the Neurologist again, I should have a good idea what I need to ask him about. Of course I’m still assuming the DX is going to be PD, but at least I feel like I’m doing something besides waiting for the next appointment.