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Monday, November 28, 2011

A Face of Stone - Parkinson's Disease

I sometimes have, what might be described as a Stone Face, in other words, a blank look.  The technical term for it, when it happens to us Parkinson's disease people is Masking, I guess because our faces seem rigid like a mask.  I think I'm smiling but might actually be frowning, which can be embarrassing when a humorous story has just been told at a party.  Of course, doing just the opposite can be worse.  

We had several neighbors over for dinner recently and as I was washing up the dishes afterwards, I noticed my cheeks were aching.  They felt really strange, so I stopped what I was doing and went and looked in the bathroom mirror and this was what my face was doing:
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Yup, I looked like Garfield, the cartoon cat.  No wonder my cheeks hurt.  How long has my face been doing this, I wondered?  I asked my Wonderful Husband, but he didn't know.  The next morning, I asked one of the neighbors if I had been grinning all during our get together the night before and she said "Yes, but I thought you were just having fun".  

Geez, that's great, I'd spent 2 hours grinning like a crazed cartoon cat at our dinner party.  It's a good thing they all know I have Parkinson's.  What if I had been at a funeral?  Or in court?  Yikes!  

But what if I was playing Poker?  I bet I could really have the other players confused, they wouldn't know if I was bluffing or not!  Hmm, sounds promising, but my hands would give me away.  They'd shake like crazy if I got Four of a Kind or a Royal Flush.  Oh, well, guess I'll stick to Solitaire.

Thank you for reading this story, I hope you enjoyed it. This is just one of a hundred stories in my book, Parkinson's Humor - Funny Stories about My Life with Parkinson's Disease. Please consider purchasing a copy from Amazon or your favorite online book seller. Thank you and have a Happy Parkie Day!


  1. Hey Bev at least it's not a frown- but you are a true hero not actors, athletes you are Sherri

  2. You're so right, I play poker and no one can read my stone face. Another Parkinson's positive!!! David

  3. Thank you for sharing Bev, my Mom has Parkinson's & you are educating me! Tammi

  4. Excellent! The past few days I have learned something new from you! Thank you! Kim

  5. We should all be poker champions! We should also have our own t v channel.In the quizzes they could give contestants 10 minutes A question! Sam

    1. I love that every part of this disease is addressed, and I love humor. Sam you totally made my day! Deb

  6. Great story Bev! You paint a vivid and funny picture! Thanks

  7. I can't help but smile every morning when I look in the mirror, and I see that absurd face.. I just HAVE to smile!!

  8. I mask alot. It keeps them guessing.

  9. Love this! Lol, so true!!

  10. I know it's funny. Sometimes, I don't realize it until I see a photo and Wow! Sometimes it's a zombie face or I keep an eye closed and people ask what's wrong with my eye... Once a guy kept winking at me... Guess I was winking at him, it was hilarious! Ya Gotta Just Laugh!

  11. Very funny! My husband has PD and this did make us laugh

  12. Thanks your humor. it adds so much to my life and makes me laugh at myself