"Masking" is one of the many annoying symptoms of Parkinson's but my family have now got used to the expressionless, almost blank staring look that occasionally takes over my face, with often one eyebrow raised, as if I am about to ask a question. My eyes barely blink sometimes and as a result they end up stinging and feel quiet sore. Masking can be very disconcerting to those who don't know I've got Parkinson's, giving them the impression that I'm just an unhappy cross looking woman. For those who know I've got Parkinson's, but are unfamiliar with this particular symptom, are quite confused until I explain, for they are unsure of my mood and what's going on.
I had to laugh the other day reading what a fellow sufferer had written; because the masking effect makes one look depressed or in a bad mood, maybe this simply means that "Parkies" (as we fondly call ourselves) have upside-down smiles! Now if that's not looking at things in a positive light with a sense of humour, I don't know what is!