“No happiness can match the hug from my grand children. For me they are my life, my today and tomorrow,” shares Mr Ramprakash Yadav, 68 yr old suffering from Parkinson’s. The retired Haryana Government Official is often described as an avid reader, strict father and foodie, but he loves to be called a doting grandfather. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s a year back, Mr Ramprakash Yadav is determined each day to fight the disease that has no cure, so that he can spend quality time with his grandchildren and cherish their company.
About a year back, Mr Ram Prakash started highlighting signs & symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. He had difficulty in walking, his gait became slow and unstable, he would move slowly at turns and displayed shaky legs while standing. Moreover his hands would shake while holding his eating spoon and he would complain of continuous body ache and fatigue. Riddled with violent nightmares and restless nights he displayed gradual mood changes and all these aspects started to affect his participation in daily activities. He became isolated and quiet.
Worried about his sudden change in personality and physical attributes, his family decided to consult a specialist. On consultation with Dr. Rajnish Kumar, Sr. Consultant & Unit Head, Neurology, Paras Hospitals,Gurgaon, Movement disorder specialist, the preliminary diagnosis was Idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease. According to Dr. Rajnish Kumar, “Mr Ramprakash Yadav highlighted typical signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease with short stepped gait along with propensity to fall forward. He had retarded response to emotions and displayed shaking & rigidity of limbs, all indicative of Idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease.”
Dr. Rajnish Kumar further states, “According to research 7 million people are estimated to be afflicted with Parkinson’s disease in India. Amongst types of Parkinsons, Idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease is the most common. The main symptoms of idiopathic Parkinson’s are tremors, rigidity and slowness of movement. An early diagnosis means that treatment for Parkinson’s can begin sooner, which will be more effective. Also an important aspect for treatment and recovery is the support of the family.”
Mr Ramprakash Yadav’s family understood his present situation and supported him in his treatment. His grandchildren adore him and ensure that their Daddu takes his medication on time. His evening activity is always under supervision and is along with his Bahu and grandchildren.
Today post medication, physical rehabilitation and neurological therapy, he has improved. The mood enhancers have helped him appreciate the love and support that surrounds him. His walking has improved and so has his will to move. The rigidity and limb stiffness has decreased and his hands have become less shaky. He has become jovial and interactive. Though the improvement cannot match the vigour and activeness of Mr Ramprakash Yadav pre Parkinson’s, but it is enough for him to appreciate some aspects of his life.
You ask him how he feels, he smiles and shares, “Each day is for my grandchildren and their smiles. Seeing them happy, active and having fun motivates me to be a part of their life. Who wants anything more than love?”