Monday, April 4, 2011

Martha Speaks - PD is not a Hall Pass

 Post 60

For the last two weeks I have been concerned about Michael’s health. He seems to have hit a sudden drop in the progression of his disease. He’s not eager to get up in the morning.  His premedicated gait measures about three inches. When he does take his meds, they seem less effective.  Finally, he complains of headaches and not feeling well. This is not at all like him.

I can feel my own hope going downhill, tied to his decline. For the first time, I think of him as a sick man; a man with PD who’s getting worse. I note that he has new gray circles under his eyes.

About this time, we are at the U of P labs for the TV filming. While Michael is being interviewed, I confide to Dr. A. that Michael seems to have taken a turn for the worse. I recount my observations and mention the gray circles.

“Hmm,” She muses. “That’s not a symptom of PD. Sounds like sinus problems. Does he have a cold?”

“No, I don’t think so, but, now that I think of it, he does suffer from allergies from time to time.”

I can only smile. I have fallen into the trap of thinking that all of Michael’s symptoms are related to PD. It's as if, if you have PD, you are immune to all other sicknesses.  P.D. is insurace against flu, poison ivy and all forms of cancer. What crazy thinking.  It took a conversation with Dr. A. wake me up.

In a couple of days, Michael is back to his happy shuffle-y self. His new symptoms have cleared up and he is breezing along once again.

And the gray circles? They are gone. Gone until the next time his sinuses act up.

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