About me

I have been writing poetry and stories since I was a child, and a love of reading was instilled in me from an early age. I am passionate about writing, and hope you enjoy the books I have written. Whilst most of you sleep soundly in your beds, like many Parkinson’s patients, insomnia dictates, so during those hours that sleep eludes me, the house is tranquil and quiet, an atmosphere perfect to immerse myself in writing. My life has been a series of strange events, which have without doubt contributed to my creativity. To publish anything is to bear one’s soul to the world. It is to stand naked and let everyone see who you really are. I have poured my heart and soul out on paper and I hope to share this journey, immersing you in a story, capturing your attention and firing the imagination. Through my writing and public speaking I hope to bring greater awareness to the general public about living with chronic disease.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A cup of coffee

I used to love the wonderful smell of freshly brewed coffee, until Parkinson’s wickedly stole away my sense of smell. However I still enjoy the intense flavour of good coffee when made properly in an old fashioned percolator, that musically bubbles and hisses when almost ready; topped with hot frothy milk, now that’s how I like to start the day! I have found that coffee, (probably as it’s a stimulant) much to my regret, does not mix well with Parkinson’s, so I now restrict my intake of coffee to just one cup a day. If you could only see my breakfast regime that I meticulously stick to, I am sure you would laugh (or maybe you would understand perfectly for you have your own timetable and system!). I have at long last found the winning combination of when to take my morning pills, leaving enough time before eating, thereby maximising the effectiveness of the Dopamine (Parkinson’s medication). All this is trial and error and every person is individual, so what works for one, may not work for another. All I can advise is to play around a little with the gap between taking medications and eating (in particular protein) and if you find there are specific foods or drinks that make you feel not so good afterwards, you may need to restrict intake or even remove those food items altogether. An hour has now passed since I took my Dopamine, so I shall leave you here and have my breakfast with a cup of coffee.

1 comment:

  1. As we age, we all find ourselves tinkering with our diets, never in the direction of eating to please the palate, alone, but rather the whole body. It is tediously hard, to say the least, but persevere we must. Bon appetit!