I cannot believe it is autumn already. What happened to summer? Nights are drawing in and before we know it, it will be two weeks before Christmas.
We are now in the seasonal flu months and if you are offered a flu jab it is a really good idea to take up the offer. Flu can really knock you for six. Every year people are admitted to hospital with flu. Obviously, if you are acutely ill and need drips and intravenous antibiotics, being in hospital will save your life, but once you are recovering it is not always the best place if you have Parkinson’s.
The main difficulty is getting medication on time. Over the next few months we are having a campaign in Stoke Mandeville and Wycombe Hospitals to raise the awareness of the importance of getting medication on time. When you come to see me I will be giving you a list of your current Parkinson’s medications with the correct dosages and times so that if you have to go into hospital you can give this to the doctor who can write up your drugs correctly.
Spending time on social networking sites is a popular pastime. Like millions of others, I am on Facebook and tweet on Twitter from time to time. As a result I often get friend requests from patients. The Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Royal College of Nursing advise nurses not to accept friend requests from patients. If you have sent me a friend request please don’t take it personally if I don’t accept.