Nursing Intervention for People Living with Parkinson’s Disease
by Peggy L Chinn on July 18, 2018
The currently featured ANS article is “It Is Hard Work, But It Is Worth It” – Patients and Spouses’ Experiences of a Nursing Intervention to Promote Adjustment to Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease—A Feasibility Study by Anita Haahr, PhD, MScN, RN; Karen Østergaard,
DrMSc, MD and Marit Kirkevold, DrEd, RN. We invite you to download this article (no cost) while it is featured, and share your comments here. As leader of the Denmark/Norway team of researchers, Dr. Haahr shared this background about her interest in working with people living with Parkinson’s disease:
Parkinson’s disease has been my research focus for more than a decade. My interest in and passion for caring for persons living with Parkinson’s disease and their spouses, began when I was a nursing student. My passion developed further during my work as a neurological nurse. As a nurse researcher I have had a specific interest in exploring everyday living and coping with Parkinson’s disease when receiving deep brain stimulation. This focus has developed over time, focusing on how nurses and other health care professionals can support persons living with the disease and their spouses when coping with and adjusting to the unpredictability of living with the disease in the advanced stage, whether they are being treated with Deep brain stimulation, or in a general rehabilitation setting.
The love of my life for the last 17 years was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease nearly 4 years ago, at age 52. He had a stooped posture, tremors, muscle stiffness, horrible driving skills, and slow movement. He was placed on Sinemet 50/200 at night for 7 months and then Sifrol and rotigotine were introduced which replaced the Sinemet but he had to stop due to side effects. He started having hallucinations, lost touch with reality. Suspecting it was the medications I took him off the Siferol (with the doctor’s knowledge) In March this year his primary physician suggested we started him on Natural Herbal Gardens Parkinson’s Herbal formula which eased his anxiety a bit, i’m happy to report this PD herbal treatment worked very effectively. His Parkinson’s is totally under control, he had a total decline in symptoms, the tremors, shaking, stiffness, slow movement and speech problems stopped.