I am learning every day from my physio about how to physically combat this thing I have christened ‘Parkies’.
Parkies wants to make me ‘small’ in my movements, so to combat it, I must constantly and consciously think ‘big’. That means, when I am cooking a meal, I must stride across the kitchen with big steps, reach out with big arm movements and generally over emphasise my movements. By doing this, my brain will recalibrate and the movements become more natural.
Each day I have homework to do. Today we go to a Saturday morning market. I must move with purpose through the crowds – without mowing anyone down – and reach with big movements. With my left side being my Parkies affected side, I must pay with cash with my left hand and pack my purchases with my left hand.
It all feels like I have to over think what I do right now, but I am assured it will improve and become more natural.
So, today I will think ‘big’ and fight ‘small’