Some days are easier than others. There is no forecast or warning if a day is going to be a good one or bad one. Parkinson's in its own inevitable way decides when and where it will drive you to distraction, sometimes leaving one at the end of one's rope. If I have plans or we've been invited somewhere and suddenly Parkinson's decides to step in like a whirling dervish disrupting my day, cancelling arrangements is often the only option. This is where it is crucial that family and friends understand and realise the effects Parkinson's can have on one's social life.
We have often had to leave early and disrupt a pleasant social evening with friends due to Parkinson's, which is not a nice feeling, and I hope everyone appreciates my circumstances. For someone who knows nothing about Parkinson's, it would be hard to comprehend what is so difficult in sitting at a dining table surrounded by friends, interesting conversation and good food. Yet for the person suffering from Parkinson's, on a bad day, it can be very awkward, a grueling experience, and simply down right uncomfortable.