Given the current state of Parkinson’s interventions and the nature of the disease I’ve accepted that, unlike diarrhea, taking a tablet will not stop Parkinson’s draining you; a tablet will not wipe you clean. Therefore, looking at treatment as a one stop shop at the tablet shop and then you can move on is an ill-fitted approach to the illness.
A portrait is painted one brush stroke at a time and uses many colours so treatment requires a multi-faceted approach. All painted colours are derived from blue, yellow and red. What are the three colours of Parkinson’s treatment?
Back to basics:
Treatment should be focused on giving a good quality of life to sufferers; which starts not by focusing on the portrait as a whole but breaking it down into its components brush strokes. This means helping get the basics right (movement, showering, dressing, cooking, sleep etc) and therefore providing a solid foundation to build up and provide space for a fulfilling day.
You are made up of many parts, treat them all:
Parkinson’s affects many functions of the body (e.g. initiating movement, coordination, facial expressions, swallowing, speech, energy levels, sleep, bladder control, mood etc) so a holistic approach will challenge and hopefully improve each aspect of the disease; thereby ensuring all four tires on your car are properly inflated.
Remember the emotional:
The aim of treatment is to allow sufferers to live alongside Parkinson’s. A fundamental aspect if this is to be achieved is dealing with the emotional impact of Parkinson’s; the disease is a problem only because the symptoms affect us emotionally. In addition, the emotional is the source of strategies and coping with the disease so looking after the emotions of a sufferer and their family and friends is crucial.
INSTRUCTIONS: Mix paints as necessary and apply one brush stroke at a time.