Happy 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.