At PatientsLikeMe, we believe in getting to know the person, not just the “patient.” That’s why we’ve decided to interview one member each month to find out more about how he or she approaches life. This month we are pleased to feature iowa, a two-star member.
What is your favorite time of day?
Well, when I was first diagnosed 2 1/2 years ago, it was the first five minutes [of the day]; things went downhill in succeeding minutes due to my very low stamina.
Nowadays my favorite time happens to be the first five minutes as well, but as a prelude to a wonderful day. That’s when my wonderful husband of 33 years brings me my morning cup of coffee in bed made to exact specifications. The coffee I mean. In these five minutes while I am regaining consciousness, I sip the sweet brew and reflect on how blessed I am and thank the Blesser.
And then, being an incurable Type A, I make a list of some sort, which, in retrospect, is kind of silly since being an incurable Type E (easily-distracted), I rarely stick to it. My second favorite time of day is naptime, from which simple pleasure I am rarely distracted.
What makes you laugh?
Almost anything, mostly because laughter releases endorphins and having frugal Dutch ancestors, I figure any drugs I can get for nothing is a plus. Plus, it loosens up my face, like when I began using the Neupro patch, which lists as possible side effects compulsive behavior such as A) “increased sexual desire” and B) “gambling too much.” Three minutes after I’d applied the first patch, my wonderful husband of 33 years queries expectantly, “Well??” To which I responded, “Nothing in category A, but ya wanna play Bingo?”
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
Considering what I’ve already shared, probably not a blessed thing. I’m your ordinary 52-year-old coffee-sipping, nap-loving, laughing, Bingo-playing gal. And not many of you would be surprised that I have found being diagnosed with PD to be a God-rediscovering experience, since [many of] you have had a similar experience.
How has PatientsLikeMe improved your life?
It might be too soon to know, but I suspect reading about and comparing notes with other ordinary real people will be helpful, not to mention inspiring. Inspiration is good. Right up there with laughter. And coffee. And naps.