It's almost 5am and here I am, sat at my computer but in a very, very different new year than the one that I had expected. Perhaps it is a dream? If it is, then it is the worst nightmare ever. Perhaps there's some confusion in my head, caused by Parkinson's Disease? Yet, … Continue reading Your Words Make a Difference
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Taken from my You Tube channel. In this vlog, I discuss the importance of communication for people with Parkinson's. https://youtu.be/HTnh8Lq0guA (C) Dean G. Parsons. 2019.
Taken from my You Tube channel. In this vlog, I discuss anxiety and how to respond to it. https://youtu.be/2tcggdyJ3cc (C) Dean G. Parsons. 2019.
Today, I will be attending my latest six-monthly neurology review. This is to assess how Parkinson's disease is progressing and to review medication. It is an opportunity for my neurologist and I to explore how I experience Parkinson's and for us both to ask questions about all aspects of that. There will be … Continue reading A Patient’s Perspective
Good morning from a wet Friday in England. We have ten days of stormy weather arriving today! Still, the rain keeps these islands green and lush. What are your plans for the weekend? Try my 10 point plan this weekend and let me know how you get on. 1) Chat with at least one person, … Continue reading Dean’s Weekend Stimulator
An activity I use with clients who may have communication difficulties, is that of collage making. Communication difficulties can happen for a very broad range of reasons. For example, a person may have experienced a trauma and so may either be unable to, or may not want to, use words to communicate. Sometimes, disability may … Continue reading Mental Cut and Paste
I am reflecting over my current writing projects. One of them is a project that is turning out to be as enjoyable as it is challenging. Initially, the idea was for me to write a small collection of poetry related to my relationship with Parkinson's Disease. As I have been writing the poetry, … Continue reading Being Poetic
"How can we speak the same language and not understand each other, or be understood in a glance without saying a word? Porcelain, paper pulp and ping pong balls attempt to decipher personal codes. I'm constantly tripping over my words, like I'm wearing them two sizes too big." - Tina Hannay. In 2017 local artist, … Continue reading Tina Hannay: Local Artist on Communication
It's 1am and I am sitting at my desk in quiet contemplation. In a little under ten hours, I will be the focus of attention for a number of Junior Doctors who are in training. I have been invited in to my local Doctor's surgery, which is also a training school for part of the … Continue reading Doctors in Training