Status – January 4, 2013 – Skiing!

Laura ski, 12-28-12,cropped, scaledHappy New Year!  Status is great!  I am delighted that I had no problem cross-country skiing last Friday (12/28/12).  I was concerned that the cold would exacerbate my Parkinson’s tremors — but no problem.  I haven’t had any problems yet with balance and gait, and I wondered what would happen when I stepped on skis — again, no problem.  Granted, I ran out of energy after a couple hours, but I can’t blame that on Parkinson’s — 2-3 hours has always been about my limit for cross-country skiing!  I am looking forward to going cross-country skiing again tomorrow.

And more good news!  I started taking an alternative dopamine agonist the day after Christmas (Ropinirole, brand name: Requip).  The reason for the change was to see if I could get rid of the insomnia side effect I had with Mirapex.  The box score so far is 4 nights with Benadryl (to help me sleep), and 4 nights without Benadryl.   The latter nights weren’t the best quality sleep, but I was really pleased with last night: only got up once and went right back to sleep.  This is in keeping with where I was before I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.  So I think the insomnia is going away – yay!  And oh yes, the tremors appear to be occurring less frequently.  So, good news for the New Year.Laura ski, 12-28-12,cropped, scaled

About Laura Kennedy Gould

Author of "The Magic Trick -- Life with Parkinson's"
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2 Responses to Status – January 4, 2013 – Skiing!

  1. Al Burr says:

    I really appreciate getting to read this.
    Al Burr

  2. Lucy says:

    Yea – all good news

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