I see ghosts, ghouls, witches, vampires and zombies everywhere. But I am not taking a dopamine agonist, so how am I seeing these scary figures? In the event that the world is being overrun by our worst nightmares, I have prepared a bug-out-bag, so my dog Crash and I can split when things get spooky. But no need to worry just yet because all these creepy figures are expected during one of my favorite holidays. Halloween!
Although my excitement for the upcoming night is obvious, there are a few things that Perky Parkie needs to keep in mind to fully enjoy the holiday. Here are my thoughts on what Parkies shouldn’t do on Halloween. Enjoy… if you’re not a scaredy cat.
-If you have trouble with fine motor skills, such as buttoning your shirt or putting jewelry on…maybe you shouldn’t grab that huge, shiny butcher knife and attempt to carve out your pumpkin. Granted, if you are challenged by a significant tremor, your Jack O’ Lantern will be one of a kind!
-Whether you chose to dress up as a naughty nurse or an adorable bumblebee, make sure that your costume doesn’t impair your sight, movement, or fashion statement. People with Parkinson’s disease have enough trouble getting around without adding another challenge such as high heels (although incredibly tempting) or a mask that can limit your vision.
-Going trick-or-treating without proper lighting. Be sure to have plenty of flashlights, glow sticks and strobe lights…Ok, so that might be overkill. But it’s important before taking the streets for candy, that you can actually see the ground. There’s no way to make falling and injuring yourself look cool. Not to mention, you have just destroyed your chances of getting the best candy.
-Don’t eat all the candy that you snagged (or stole from your children) in one night. I know that many of us Parkies become sweets addicts, but pace yourself! Allow yourself a little treat after dinner, but don’t woof every piece of candy, because really, where are you going to hide all the wrappers?
-Avoid haunted houses or scary movies. There is something about getting frightened on Halloween that is alluring, but what happens when we get scared? Our bodies release the hormone Adrenaline, which aids in our “flight or fight” response. You’re body doesn’t understand that the monster chasing you is actually an 18-year-old, pimply kid who is just there because he thought working at a haunted house sounded wicked. You can rationalize that you know that there isn’t a threat, but your body is protecting itself. Adrenaline is not a Parkie’s friend. It will make your Parkinson’s symptoms worse and can even invoke pain. If that doesn’t scare you…
-Don’t be a party pooper. Embrace the holiday. Hang some cobwebs, light a pumpkin (assuming that it is plastic, already carved, and electric), or dress up your dog… which is my way of celebrating… that and eating candy till I yak. Fight the Parkinson’s urge to be a recluse and avoid people. Now get out there and have a spooky time! Boo!
Happy Halloween from the Perky Parkie and Crash, the stinker!