T i m e To Te l l
SEPTEMBER 29, 2012
It was soon thereafter that Pat and Carla told her
She said on reflection she had noticed some
parents, their kids, and of course, their friends that
things in the early days. Carla had taken to
she had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
keeping her hands in her pockets to mask the
shaking. Another strategy her mom mentioned
In talking to Carla’s mom recently, it was hard for
was that she would grasp her hands together
her to come to grips with the fact that Carla kept
her tremors and other symptoms a secret from them
for such a long time. She was saddened that her
only daughter chose to keep her health issues quiet.
primly in her lap so no one would notice any of
the tremors. (That should have been a signal to
all of us, she isn’t a fold-your-hands-in-your-lap
kind of girl!)
Neither Carla nor Pat recall too many of the details
of telling the kids about the Parkinson’s. Stephen
took it pretty hard. It didn’t help that he was in the
service, and was heading out to Okinawa soon.
Alicia was in nursing school so she may have been
thinking a bit about the clinical aspects of the
challenges her mom would face. Both were clearly,
and obviously, worried for their mom.
A l i c i a , C a r l a a n d S t e p h e n a t C a r l a ’s
p a re n t s ’ 5 0 t h a n n i v e r s a r y p a r t y