I still can’t really tell whether there is much difference, but I think that there might be a small improvement. It seems as if my left arm might be less stiff; maybe it is swinging more freely. But it’s hard to be sure.
So, I decided to swap my watch back to my left wrist. I’m right-handed, and always used to wear a watch on the left, until it started to malfunction a few years before diagnosis. I took it back and forth to the jewellers’, but still it would not run all day. This watch is an automatic winder – that is, the motion of the wearer’s arm causes a small weight to spin inside the casing, which in turn winds the spring. But, of course, if the watch isn’t being moved enough (and Parkinson’s was holding my arm abnormally still, even before I realised that anything was wrong), it won’t be properly wound, and it won’t run correctly. I’ve written about this before, in my post, “With Hindsight…”, and it also cropped up in Cecil Todes’ book.
So, as SENSE-PARK, with its high-tech wrist-worn monitor, isn’t ready yet, I’m making use of my very own low-tech (albeit cleverly engineered) wrist monitor.
I switched my watch back to my left wrist on Sunday morning. It’s midday Monday now, and my watch is still telling the correct time. Maybe these drugs do work… only time (ahem!) will tell.
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