As I sit here in the middle of the night, with fingers poised above the keyboard, I wonder who you are that reads my blog? Are you a patient like myself? Or a caregiver? Or did you stumble across my site by accident? Whoever you are, “Welcome”. Pull up a chair and make yourself comfortable, for I’m about to discuss what most people consider an uncomfortable subject to air. I have never been one for shying away from taboo matters, and so with no further ado, let’s jump straight in!
We’ve all heard of the side effects caused by some Parkinson’s medications that result in obsessive compulsive behaviour, mainly associated with gambling, sexual activity and shopping. I have personally experienced the “shopping phenomena” which was so out of character, my family and I fortunately realised very quickly what was happening. Once a problem is identified, a solution can be sought.
I came across an article written by Marc Jaffe published in the New York Times, “Finding Equilibrium in SeesawingLibidos”, which is about the sensitive topic of sexuality and Parkinson’s disease. I applaud Marc and Karen for their courage in addressing openly a very difficult and personal topic, sharing with us all their experience, allowing important information to be brought out into the open. I am sure Marc and Karen Jaffe are far from alone.
I think we’d all agree, there’s no place like home! Take a look at my latest article in The Huffington Post.