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The neurologist had mentioned “Parkinson’s Plus.” Plus
what? “Plus” had sounded like a bonus. Economy Plus
means more legroom—usually a good thing. Pert Plus was
shampoo plus conditioner, also a good thing. No. My mom
was prescribed medicines for Parkinson’s disease plus
Alzheimer’s disease. Her “bonus feature” was the symptoms
of a bonus disease.
As I read about the pills I was still holding, repeating
phrases stuck out to me.
“No disease-modifying ability.”
“Like a Band-Aid.”
Even the doctor had seemed resigned. (I later learned a
cold joke circulated among med school students about
neurology: “Neurologists don’t treat disease, they admire
That night I was sitting alone in our Holiday Inn suite, a
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