Tuesday 3 July 2012
questions and answers
This blog is not directly about hill walking; however, circumstances will most certainly affect it. In some respects that is already happening. Last year I noticed I had a tremor which gradually increased. There where other medical problems too. At first my GP dismissed it as nothing serious. Finally though, as things worsened and alarm bells began to ring, I was seen by a specialist and also was subject to a battery of differing test; some most unpleasant. The diagnosis was Parkinsons. Other medical problems are now strongly suspected to be related to this problem. It does affect my hill going capabilities; as was evident in my last trip. A long chat with my GP has given me cause for concern. An increase in a variety of medical problems. Muscle stiffness and mobility problems and so forth. Also, I am now informed I may well have to be re housed, possibly within the next year due to this. In August I have to see another specialist and also a surgeon in regard to related problems. As yet I am not hanging up my boots. In some respects I am not sure that I can just walk away from something that has given me many years of pleasure? It is a question of adapting to what I can and cannot do. There are practical things that can be done. For example pack weight is now more important than ever. Currently my summer pack list comes in at around ten kilo, including four or five days food. Next winter is when things will get interesting! It is a case of wait and see and adapt to the changing circumstances. In the mean I am off to Wales next week. There is unfinished business there! Snorkels and flippers have been suggested!