Hello. My name is Parkidactyl and I am the Parkinson’s Disease monster, but please, call me Parky. My favorite color is gray and my best friend is Donny (Scleronodon the MS monster). I can be found shaking and shuffling down the streets of Chargieville most of the time, but sometimes I’m too stiff to move at all. That’s why I always have my walking stick and wear a red tulip around my neck. Just because I can’t bend down to smell the flowers, doesn’t mean I should miss out, right? The red tulip also represents Parkinsons.
Here is a quick lesson – Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. Tremors are common as is stiffness and slow movements. Other symptoms, which can vary in severity, include showing little to no expression on your face (called face masking), not swinging your arms when you walk, and soft or slurred speech. These symptoms typically worsen as the condition progresses over time. And, although Parkinson’s disease can’t be cured, medications can significantly improve the symptoms.
Here are a few things to remember about me:
Represents: Parkinson’s Disease
Favorite colors: silver and red
Superpower: can give you the shakes
Prone to: tremors, slow movement, shuffling gait, cognitive issues, pain
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