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.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Drinking Tips

I find drinking carbonated water not only is really thirst quenching, but also helps when I’m having difficulty in swallowing due to Parkinson’s. 

I couldn't find any solid medical evidence or data, but many suggest drinking tonic water, helps with painful muscle cramps caused by Parkinson’s. Apparently it’s the quinine in tonic water that is believed to be the helpful ingredient here.

To prevent spilling, I don’t fill a glass with more than two thirds. I keep a small plastic bottle of water (500 ml) on my night stand which is very helpful during the night.

Steering clear of drinking caffeine later in the day possibly helps a little in reducing sleeping difficulties. I was drinking herbal tea, but realised after a while that it did in fact contain caffeine. I’ve found it necessary to check very carefully the ingredients listed on boxes of tea, even when it states herbal tea, to check if it contains caffeine.

Everything in moderation, except smiles, love and laughter. How many times have you heard it said: “drink plenty of water”, but how much is “plenty”? I have written about this subject in TheHuffington Post this week if you’d like to take a look.

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