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Posted by Carole on October 07, 2000 at 10:47:00:

In Reply to: I am not for the Good ol'Days posted by Eileen on October 07, 2000 at 04:08:29:

: To everyone, It is now 3:30 in the morning and I can't sleep another side effect from Being a Parky. So I thought I would relay a little story. In the late 50's early 60's my grandmother who also had Parkinsons was put could you believe it, in a locked mental institution. They did not have the medicines they have today. The only med she was ever offered was Artaine. At that time the quote "Doctors" thought her mental facilities were impaired. Which I understand you can have senitlity with Parkinsons diease. But to be locked in a mental institution for it seems a little over the edge. I remember seeing her in a locked room when I was 15 years old. It made a lasting impression on me. So I am thankful that research has come so far,and with learning and sharing with one another we will fight the good fight.Well I have talked your ears off. I think I will try and go nite nite
: Eileen
Whew- scarey, ain't it!!!
My grandfather had PD in the mid 60s and my parents were told it was hardening of the arteries (his hand and foot tremored.) My aunt and uncle were told he had old-aged Parkinson's. I just remember as we left for Colorado for a two-week camping trip (my oldest sister lived there; a big trip for an East KS farm family) and he stood in the driveway, in his overalls, with tears running down his cheeks. He kept saying, I'm not going to see you again. He died two weeks after the trip. I never did see him again, as I had stayed in Colorado with my sister for some extra time. I was 14 at the time.
He was on no medication that I'm aware of. His mind was still good. I never heard that he had PD until I had it, when my aunt told me.

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