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VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100One of my earliest symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease was not being able to hold a new set of cutlery with rounded handles properly. I just thought I didn’t like the size of the new forks and spoons. Dinner was sworn at and supper was a case of hiding the shakes, maybe 1 glass of Rioja too many?

The other early memory of getting a wobbly arm was out with the dogs and picking what dogs do and the bag would start to shudder, now I know they are smelly beasts but making me shake was something new, even for my pongy pooches

The next thing to go was my handwriting.The medical term for it is Micrographia, which simply means small writing, letters tend to get smaller and smaller and closer together until its no longer legible. Add in some tremor to the issue and I may as well just quit writing all together. Difficulty writing is the main thing I hate about having Parkinson’s Disease, and even though I have a laugh about it at work it really frustrates me and it will be the one thing that gets me down more than anything else. So what can I do about it…….. SPY PEN!!! I can now sit at meetings and scare the living daylights out of colleagues by tapping my pen to turn it on, no more taking minutes for me, oh no, Spy Pen is on the case. I think the real name is LiveScribe but its always going to be SPY PEN to me

Just to give you an idea of what it is like to try to write with PD try this experiment
1 Sit on your writing hand for 10 minutes
2 Sit on a swivel chair
3 Hold power hammer drill in non writing hand
4 Turn on drill
5 Ask family of close friend to shake chair
6 Pick up pen and try and write “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”
7 Sign it and email me the results, I could do with a chuckle

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