Brook Alley is a pub I go to occasionally that makes me feel better about having Parkinson’s. The reason I go there is not necessarily to drink my miseries away but it’s more to get relief from the physical and chemical symptom of Parkinson’s that I experience every day
That symptom is depression. Or more specifically anhedonia which is the inability to experience pleasure
Depression is a symptom of Parkinson’s AND I also get depressed because I live with this condition so it’s a double whammy
I generally don’t like drinking because I have problems with side effects from the medications that I take to treat these symptoms. These side effects are behavioral issues that are extreme inhibition and severe impulsiveness that makes me out of control if I drink too much
So why do I go to a pub if I don’t like to drink?
Because of one person
Her name is Lindsey. She is the manager of the pub. She not only accepts that I have this condition but she accepts me as a person and looks after me as well making sure that nobody bothers me or that I’m okay to drive.This amazes me because she has no connection with Parkinson’s outside of her friendship with me. I only hope that all pwp have someone like Lindsey in their lives.