I have managed to get more than half way down on my magic yellow ones (aka Sinemet) and it has been a lot less traumatic than I expected. Compared to how my body is when it misses one or two normal doses by accident or is dealing with illness, it is coping quite well. Though just because it is coping, it doesn’t mean it isn’t protesting.
- I am slower
- My right foot turns in and walking is painful as I end up walking on the side of my foot or tiptoe. I forgot all about tiptoing until I had reduced by 1 pill. I remember tiptoing at work pre-diagnosis but never thought it was a dopamine related thing.
- My toes curl under under more
- My left arms favourite position is bent while my hand’s preferred position is curled. It isn’t fixed most of the time but it has had moments of clawing with an added twist. One finger sticks up but luckily it isn’t the middle one. That would be extremely embarrassing in public.
- I freeze more and my right leg refuses to listen when I say move. It is a bit like trying to get my Jack Russell to do something when he has his own agenda. However much you yell at it, it doesn’t happen until physically moved or it decides it wants to. Mind over matter doesn’t work!
- My neck is tense and is pulling. All muscles in my shoulder blade are protesting.
- Abs feel at times they are doing sit ups on their own.
- Nausea is back in full force.
- Forget about writing unless you have an electron microscope.
- Talking is hit and miss, whether the required word can be said. If my tongue and lips see it as an impossible tongue twister, it becomes a game of charades or guess the word from a description. Simple questions the hardest as the tend to require specific words, where as a ramble can be made of manageable language.
Reducing my yellows has highlighted that I am better in the mornings and sleep gives me a boost. Siestas are a daily requirement.
Cutting down again tomorrow but that is for another day.
I still have got plenty of snuggly, loud socks and I can still drink tea while cuddling my dogs so I am still smiling.
P.S This is late being published – sorry!