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I have Parkinson’s

This was the diagnosis, delivered a couple of days ago via a Zoom consultation with a neurologist. After a few minutes of conversation and me waving my hands and walking in front of the camera, he looked at me and said rather flatly, “You have Parkinson’s”. I also need an MRI to absolutely confirm no other issues, but he was confident in his diagnosis. My immediate reaction was shock, followed half a second later by an overwhelming relief.

It has been coming on for a while

I have had a tremor for some time now. I remember chairing my last AGM at Southern Voices some three years ago, shaking as I poured out a glass of water. I went to my GP in October last year to get it checked, noting at that time I was having issues shaving and cleaning my teeth (right hand). I was told it was Essential Tremor and not to be concerned. But since lockdown things have been slowing down faster. My handwriting is terrible and I find typing difficult, impacting how long I can sit in one position. Of course, all this has been affecting my work, which has affected me.

So I went to the GP again last week, and very quickly met with the neurologist.

Relief?

The excellent Parkinson’s website notes that relief is one of the reactions to a diagnosis. The impact on my work has been concerning me for a while and at least I now have a reason for it. It was also time I reacted to comments from my beloved Rebecca and other family members to ‘get it sorted and go and see the doctor’. So I did!

One of the ways to slow down Parkinson’s is exercise. Although I found the daily commute to London very tiring, it always involved lots of walking and cycling. At the start of lockdown, Livi was home and we went on lots of long walks. But her Uni exams took over and the walks got fewer – and she has now moved out. It almost seems as the exercise went down, the symptoms started to manifest themselves more.

Action plan

Three actions from the neurologist are medication, exercise and inform the DVLA. These are now in hand. Longer term I had been wanting to spend more time with Rebecca, as she in turn slows down (my diagnosis I feel was more of a shock to her than me). So right now, I will be working through options with my incredibly supportive colleagues at the Institute.

I will update this when I have more news.

And one last thing…

The few people I have told so far have reacted with a mixture of shock and sadness, with ‘sorry’ being the main word. For me I do feel relief. Things could be so much worse. I am the same today as I was before the diagnosis. I still have many years left to do the things on Rebecca’s and my (slightly shorter) bucket list. So, no need to use the sorry word for the moment!

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Banqueting with the Company

Nice to be back in the Mansion House, but this with all the trimmings. An evening out with the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants, somewhat different to previous ICAEW events there (for me). Good to meet with the Lord Mayor, previous chair of Audit and Assurance Faculty (these faculties lead to good things!).

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Late summer in Zurich

I was invited to moderate an evening panel at a joint ICAEW/British Swiss Chamber of Commerce event on cyber security. The usual fly in, speak, stay, fly out, but some time to have a quick walk round this charming city. Interesting to meet ICAEW members at the event who all spoke highly of living there (with many looking to apply for nationality).

City trams everywhere

City trams everywhere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking to the evening seminar

Walking to the evening seminar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early morning walk prior to leaving

Early morning walk prior to leaving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately the churches open at 10.00

Unfortunately the churches open at 10.00

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Security

As you may know, I work for the ICAEW IT Faculty and, being good Chartered Accountants, we get very concerned about security issues, especially online.

I was very pleased to receive the following suggestion from a previous colleague at COA Solutions, Jim Seward, who is their SEO guru.

Get it done people and forward this to all your friends, and let’s really really raise awareness of people who shouldn’t be allowed out on their own…
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An interesting suggestion. Not sure it may get the whole-hearted backing of the ICAEW, but I like where it’s coming from!

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