As many of you will be aware I am fortunate in that my consultant is not a neurologist but a gerontologist with a special interest in PD. He gives me time & respect, is honest & not patronising. He involves his patients in their treatment & leads an excellent support team. He also happens to live within five miles of me in a rural community & uses the same GP surgery. A few days ago he & his wife entered reception as I was called for my appointment. He looked awful. It was clear that something was seriously amiss.
My emotions ran from shock, sympathy & compassion to 'what will happen to me?' followed by guilt.
I hope with all my heart that he will recover - for himself & his family, for his other patients & for me. It has brought home to me how much I take for granted & how PD has become a focus of my life, despite my best efforts to resist.