I would just like to know if anyone has had similar things happen to them. Before I was finally diagnosed, there were times that I was accused of having a problem with alcohol. I know there are a lot of symptoms with PD that could mimic a drunk, shaking hands, falling, slurred speech, memory gaps, etc.
I was let go from one job before I was diagnosed because my hands shook when I was attempting to draw blood from patients and co-workers had noticed my loss of balance at times. I also could not remember things from day to day. Never mind that I had passed drug and alcohol screens...
I had one "friend" who was so dead set that my symptoms were related to alcohol that the friendship ended when I told her I was diagnosed with PD. She refussed to admit that she was wrong. I guess this shows who our real friends are.
I have a neighbor who's father had PD, taught at a local University. He was let go because they saw his symptoms and concluded he was an alcoholic...that was many years ago, I am sure he would have a good case against the university if it happened today!
If you have had similar experience, how did you deal with it? On one hand I know I should not care what people think, on the other it has been hurtful.