I’m on my way home from World Parkinson Congress on the 2-hour-late Amtrak. Boy, am I beat. Lots to absorb, constantly being perky (as perky as I get, anyway), minimal exercise, the gloomy reports of all the new symptoms I can look forward to — well, it all adds up, and I am yawning. I had vowed that this WPC I would spend more time just talking with attendees, and I did just that ( see “perky” above).
One of the folks I talked to was a retired school principal from Ottawa. He said something like, “I am fatigued, but I am not weary.” Hmmm..,,,I guess “weary” is worse than “fatigued”. Parkinson’s Disease is full of scientific looking but actually subjective ratings scales — so why not a Yawn-O-Meter?
Here’s my stab at the Kennedy Gould Yawn-O-Meter — a two-barreled name and 10 points to add to the scientific appearance. Feel free (if you’re not too tired) to contribute.