Take One Minute- Trading – Episode 6

Think about next year and make it the best one yet. Best Wishes to all for 2011 and thank you for watching.

Colleen Henderson-Heywood December 27, 2010

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Too Much Information

May 15, 2011

Do you ever forget where the “Too much information” line is? I spend so much time around other Crohnies, close friends and family that I forget what is acceptable in everyday conversation. The regular guy in the street doesn’t really want to know about my bowel movements.

When someone asks me a question with regards to Crohn’s, I plough straight in. Quite often describing many of the symptoms, side effects and affected areas of my body. I don’t seem to blush with embarrassment anymore. Does this mean I’m comfortable talking about bums? When I meet new people I seem to find myself talking about my ailments, whether they want to hear them or not. I was once a shy and restrained boy and now I am upfront and open.

My wife gets fed up with how much I talk to strangers but I don’t seem to be able to stop myself. Up until being diagnosed, I had never heard of the condition, so now I find myself wanting to make everyone aware.

I obviously keep some of the “juicy” details to myself as they are not for the faint hearted. I hide these details from most people as I do like [...] continue the story

My window of opportunity

By Laura Lewis November 7, 2011

One Saturday in the summer, my husband and I visited a museum in London where there was a range of impressive coats of armour. While we were admiring the condition of these medieval battle-dresses, it occurred to me how wearing a coat of armour must be hard work and similar to my daily experiences when I am “off”. I explained that walking while being “off” (or parky) felt like stumbling through tar on the deck of a cross-channel ferry in a force nine gale wearing a coat of armour. He found that staggering.

“Wearing off” is not entirely predictable, but usually occurs between three and four hours after taking medication. I have a 20-minute warning then gradually the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) creep over me like a vice slowly gripping my shoulders and then working their way down my back. For me, the most exasperating aspect of “wearing off” is being unable to manipulate things; I cannot write, operate my laptop keyboard or manage the simplest tasks like buttoning blouses or cleaning my teeth. It also affects my voice which becomes quieter and my speech less articulate. However, “wearing off” is not inevitable and I [...] continue the story

Keeping up appearances?

By Meg Pinfield November 11, 2011

One of Ivan’s favourite TV programmes is ‘Keeping up Appearances’, with Patricia Routledge playing the awful Hyacinth Bucket (“pronounced bouquet”). He loves her ridiculous attempts to be correct in dress and behaviour for every occasion.

Perhaps his own upbringing has something to do with this; his mother had a posh dress shop, and used to be very cross if Ivan came home with torn or dirty clothes after being out playing.

He has always considered inward personal qualities more important than outward show. He never judges a sausage by its skin. When he was a senior catering manager, who needed to be smart at all hours of the day and evening, he relied on washable suits, drip-dry shirts, and a spare pair of polished shoes so that he could quickly change and smarten up if need be.

Gradually, with the onset of Parkinson’s disease (PD), he has simplified his wardrobe further. Nowadays he relies on jogging pants, polo shirts, baggy socks, and zip-up, slipper-like boots – whatever the occasion! This certainly helps me, and the other carers, when assisting him to dress and undress. It also means that he can retain some independence and take himself to the loo. [...] continue the story