Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurological disease. Once the symptoms of the disease have been verified and a diagnosis proscribed by a doctor, the progressive nature of the disease will only cause the patient to experience a deteriorating quality of life.
People with Parkinson’s never “get better” as it gets worse.
The only hope PD patients have is that they follow a carefully controlled regimen of medications, physical therapy, and managed care to keep the quality of life as high as possible. In other words, when you become confined to a wheelchair, that’s the best quality of life. It only ever gets worse.
Over the years, however, the disease slowly takes it toll, not just on the patient, but loved ones. The Parkinson’s Foundation has a guide that helps family members in decision making for quality care:
During this initial stage, the person has mild symptoms that generally do not interfere with daily activities. Tremor and other movement symptoms occur on one side of the body only. Changes in posture, walking and facial expressions occur.
Symptoms start getting worse. Tremor, rigidity and other movement symptoms affect both sides of the body. Walking problems and poor posture may be apparent. The person is still able to live alone, but daily tasks are more difficult and lengthy.
Considered mid-stage, loss of balance and slowness of movements are hallmarks. Falls are more common. The person is still fully independent, but symptoms significantly impair activities such as dressing and eating.
At this point, symptoms are severe and limiting. It’s possible to stand without assistance, but movement may require a walker. The person needs help with activities of daily living and is unable to live alone.
This is the most advanced and debilitating stage. Stiffness in the legs may make it impossible to stand or walk. The person requires a wheelchair or is bedridden. Around-the-clock nursing care is required for all activities. The person may experience hallucinations and delusions. The Parkinson’s community acknowledges that there are many important non-motor symptoms as well as motor symptoms.
If you retire from a job where your Parkinson’s has gotten so bad that you can no longer do that job, or for that matter, any job, how is it you can recover to get.. a job?
Schmalfeldt continues to shoot his own narrative down with SAM precision. Recently, he threatened me on this blog with a lawsuit if I did not retract my statement that he is faking his disease.
Assuming he wants to go that route, how does he think he’s going to win when all I have to do is quote him?