One of the more perplexing aspects of this health condition we call Parkinson’s, is the challenge I have with multitasking and repetitive motion. I have written about it in previous posts on kayaking, skipping, walking and playing golf.
Things I used to take for granted and not give a second thought to while I was doing them, I now find quite challenging! Getting out of a chair, carrying something while I’m walking, opening the fridge door while I’m holding something, talking while I am walking, performing any task while I am talking and carrying something in both hands, are just a few examples. They create a great deal of stress!
The old saying, he can’t walk and chew bubblegum at the same time, has become a reality! Thankfully, I don’t chew bubblegum anymore!
Getting out of a chair is particularly challenging unless I remember to do everything: lean forward, push upwards with my arms and legs, and drop my head down.
I have done some research to see if there is a medical-physiological explanation for this, without success.
This condition has forced me to make changes to the way I do things. I carry one thing at a time. I will open the fridge door, then grab something from the counter and put it in the fridge. I sit down while I’m talking to someone.
Two other things I do are, count my steps and give myself verbal commands … head up, back straight, extend my stride, now open the fridge door, etc. When getting out of a chair, I will tell myself to lean forward, push with my arms and straighten my legs.
Living successfully with this neurological condition involves a constant series of adjustments. But I consider them only temporary until I recover my health!
Wishing you a blissful day!