Today’s blog post is about problems with typing, writing, buttons, and other dexterity issues.
Sounds like a boring topic, doesn’t it? Yet, for me, this issue became exciting – but not in a good way: it became the proverbial “icing on the cake” that contributed to my job loss and possibly the main thing that might keep me from working again, thus potentially keep me from earning a substantial income.
I knew that my handwriting had really deteriorated over the past year, to the point of my handwriting being illegible. Fortunately, I didn’t need to write that often. About last summer, I noticed that I was having trouble with entering passwords when typing. I thought that I had entered the correct keys, in the correct sequence, and then capitalized where needed, but instead, the programs would give me password errors and I would have to keep re-entering the passwords. I also noticed that the spell checker on my work computer was underlining many words and seemingly stressing to keep up with all my errors typing. From the time duration of summer to winter, my typing became very labored and slow.
The writing and typing seemed to go hand and hand with a general feeling of being “uncalibrated”, meaning, my brain presented as if it was not sending signals properly to my fingers. I continued to drop things more frequently and have issues many places where entering numbers, pushing buttons, or during times when being calibrated was a necessity (e.g. even when entering my PIN on a keypad after using my debit card). At work, I had to talk my boss into buying a dictation software program in order to type up the important things that I needed to type at work.
I will not get into the details of losing my job (it involves me wanting to cut back some, and then my boss majorly cutting me back to the point at which I could no longer sustain on the small amount of income). The bottom line is, my job is gone. I also am pessimistic about what sort of future job that I could be hired for – and actually do – a job that wouldn’t involve: typing, writing, manipulating/coordinating objects – not to mention an employer tolerating my bladder issues, my not being able to stand or sit for extended periods of time, periods of fatigue, tremor, slurred speech, walking problems, etc.
I am still under 50 years old! Yeah, the meds help, but they are far from being miracle fixes and don’t nearly take care of all these issues, being as the “on and off” periods can happen even when I am supposed to be in the peak of my dosage period.
Anyway, back to the topic at hand. Parkinson’s can cause problems with dexterity: writing, typing, holding things steady, coordinating movement, getting dressed (I have problems with shirt buttons, can’t do shoe-laces anymore, and it takes me forever and a day to get dressed). One popular blog writer (Yuma Bev) made a good analogy of PD feeling like you have gloves on when trying to type, get dressed, etc. – and I agree. At home, I can take my time to use a combination of “hunt and peck” along with dictation software. For instance, just “typing” this blog – amounts to a half-of-an-entire-evening event (which would have been knocked out in maybe 20 minutes maximum in my better days).
So, now I have more time on my hands – maybe I will put in more new blog posts? Maybe. I also have to find a way to get income. My body isn’t what it used to be – so think being a male stripper is totally out of the question. Keep on!