I am in stage one PD moving across to stage 2. Most of my new symptoms are not visible to the outside world... and though they are minor, they lead to depressed feelings and discouragement. I have always "shared" things with my wife, however I am beginning to question the wisdom of doing this.... because her response when I tell of a "new" symptom always seems .... so inadequate. But I ask myself the question, "Well Frank, what would you say... if you were her? What would be a good response?" And I can't answer the question. Usually she says nothing.... or changes the subject. She could say "How interesting..." or "Boy you must be discouraged about that"... or... "Well, hang in there buddy."
How do others report symptoms in a gentle way, and what kind of answers do you hear that are most positive? Is there a standard reply that is positive and uplifting or that allows you to continue to share the burden and not keep this stuff bottled up. Is "not sharing" a viable strategy?
Basically if I stop talking to my wife about these things, I will feel so alone . . .