How I coped up with my father’s Parkinson’s disease.
When I first found out that my dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, I had no choice but to stay strong knowing that it would be a challenging road ahead in taking care of him and in giving full love and support during his painful ordeal with the life threatening disease. I hope that after reading this article, readers who have loved ones that are suffering from Parkinson’s disease would get inspired and find hope during this tough challenge. May you all find strength and comfort with how I was able to cope ip inspired and uplifted by my story.
It’s not easy being the caregiver of a loved one with a Parkinson’s disease. There are a lot of things that you need to do, and so many other things that you need to sacrifice in order to maintain the quality of life for your loved one, which should be prioritized at all times.
When I learned about my father’s diagnosis, I had to learn and get more familiar about the symptoms, treatments, and the stages of the disease. It’s highly important that I need to be well immersed with every little aspect about Parkinson’s disease in order to know how to manage it properly. Aside from giving love and support to my dad, I also have to keep track of his medications and exercise and know when to take my dad to the hospital for his appointments with the doctor.
As a caregiver, I know my role is not an easy job. And it’s also important to keep myself in tip top shape so that I could give the best care to my father.
One of the best lessons that I learned as a caregiver is having the right kind of balance in taking care of myself and my dad. As a rule of thumb, I need to take some time off for myself and ensure that I have ample time to take some rest. One thing that I would like to stress out to everyone who is taking care of their loved ones who are suffering from Parkinson’s disease is not to put their lives on the line. By all means, don’t stop seeing your friends to keep yourself from getting burned out. Take care of your house errands or you can delegate someone else to do the job. Maintaining my house’s interior is a job that I can handle by myself. Cleaning its exteriors, now that’s a real problem for me. Good thing I had sought help from a St Louis pressure washing company. They are my best allies when it comes to maintaining the cleanliness of my house. Now I won’t have to worry about anything. Lastly, I have to help my father feel worthless, so I encourage him to participate in any activity. I hope that these simple tips will help you kick start your journey in taking care of a loved one with Parkinson’s disease.