In the loving words of Mr. Vasudevan, our dear member, on his wife – parter in health and sickness.
Parkinson’s changes not just the life of the affected person, but also people close to them, especially the primary caregiver, in my case my wife. I have now been under the under the clutches of PD since past six years and have faced innumerable challenges along the way.
The most trying period since the diagnosis was in 2013-14 when I had an onslaught of medication induced skin problems which pushed PD to back seat. Those days I was completely dependent on my beloved wife, who dedicated her entire time to me. Apart from cooking and managing the house, she would help me get dressed, continuously apply creams on my body and ensure I had my medicines. It is now 3 years since that terrible phase, now with the help of changed medication I am independent and have regained my strength and energy through regular exercise.
I can still never completely get over that tough phase and get emotional whenever I think about it. Whenever I try to thank my wife or mention to others about her support during those days, she gets emotional as well. She then would say with a smile that I would’ve done the same for her had she been affected by PD. God forbid that ever happens.
My wife is a simple and an innocent home maker with a degree in Education and a Masters in Mathematics. Even these days she reminds me to take medication and restricts my temptations with fried food, ice creams, and bottled drinks. She also accompanies me for all my overnight stays, even though she personally might not enjoy them, like my college alumni meets! She sacrifices a lot for me.
These days since I have some energy, I end up fighting a lot with her (I heard someone said so –you fight with people who are close to your heart!).
My simple admission is that I can build a temple for her equating her as a goddesses. I place her in such a high position, but have not expressed this to her.
May God give her adequate strength and courage to battle with me the rest of my PD days in my life, God only knows until when.