Results from my first day of evaluating myself can be found in the graph below and the next one shows my control (a.k.a. hubby). I found the patterns over time, especially in the finger tapping fascinating. If the results from the first day are anything to go by, the dose-response curve of my medication is VERT distinct with a clear lag.
Hmmm… I have realized that the Wii balance exercise/monitoring doesn’t give me quite the information I need relating to fine movements and the Nintendo Wii is also difficult to bring to work.
So, I have decided to add some new tests: I found two apps on the app store that looks promising: FastFingers (a tapping test where you’re supposed to tap as many times as possible for 30 seconds) and ReactionTest (measuring your reaction time). I have taken the test series (FastFingers once for each hand and ReactionTime 5 times for each hand), making sure to attempt to performing the tests in the same way every time. I took the test late last night when I was running low on medication, once early this morning when I had just taken my first dose and once 30 minutes later. I have also registered a control: my darling husband. The results look interesting and can be found on the tab “Reaction and tapping” here. I will take the test once more now and then several times during the day. Watch this space!
Day 2 of my challenge and I realized that the registering of the results has to be altered slightly: I will register the Wii Fit Age and Centre of Gravity (COG) before and after the exercises I perform. The difference today was surprisingly large, check the table here. I would guess that the balance game I played today (Table Tilt), gave me the external feedback I needed to “recalibrate” my balance.
Today I am starting a new project: My PD-Wii Fit Plus Challenge. The idea is to investigate if a few minutes on the Wii Balance Board in the morning can affect the impact PD (Parkinson’s Disease) has on my life. I will attempt to jump onto the balance board every morning and perform a body test and preferably a few exercises as well. I will register my Wii Fit Age, BMI and scores in the exercises here and hopefully some sort of effect will be apparent, we shall see.
Let Sara’s PD-Wii Fit Plus Challenge begin!
It’s been a number of very busy weeks… to say the least… I now feel like I am through the most hectic parts and look forward to a bit more breathing space. Having said that though, next week’s calendar looks as full as ever, but to quote a very dear friend: “all good stuff!”. I am very proud and honored to be mentioned in two articles during the last week: The Economist and the Swedish “glossy mommy magazine” mama.
The Economist had an article on the fantastic Quantified Self un-conference I attended in Amsterdam last November and I was mentioned in a very short paragraph (link to article). Don’t blink or you’ll miss it! My slides from the presentation mentioned can be found here.
The article in mama was an interview, not available on-line, but looks like this: