I’ve always tried to maintain a sense of humor in regards to dealing with this pesky health condition we call Parkinson’s … or to acronym it … PD! [The military would likely refer to it as Papa Delta!] It can certainly be a challenge … maintaining a sense of humor that is, not, remembering the military alphabet! In any event, thought you might be able to relate to this fictional conversation!!!
“Hi Bobbo, how are you doing?”
“Good, Andy, how bout you?”
“Great! How did you make out with the doctor?”
“Not so good.”
“NsG? What happened? What did he tell you?”
“Said I have Parkinson’s.”
Lately, I’ve been watching The Rick Mercer Report on CBC television here in the Great White North, aka, Canada. Mercer profiles life in Canada and spoofs Canadian politics. My favourite part of the show is his rants. There’s nothing like a good rant. If you go on youtube, you can watch videos on the best movie rants. Some of them are awesome!
Experiencing the symptoms of Parkinson’s is tiring business. There is so much to remember! I have to remember to lengthen my stride when I walk [and I’m talking about every step], otherwise, I shuffle walk. I also have to remember to place my foot down heel to toe, otherwise, I walk flat-footed … slap, slap, slap.
When you’re living with a condition like Parkinson’s, I think it’s really important to have a sense of humour (If pressured, Mari will tell you I don’t always have one!). I was thinking about this recently at the ski hill. Actually, I was in the washroom at the ski hill fumbling through six layers of clothing so I could take a pee. Between my wonky left hand (Medically known as Dystonia), trembling and lack of balance, peeing for me has become a real adventure … which is why I rarely do it standing up these days … and add in a bunch of clothes and you can see why I was thinking about the importance of having a sense of humour.
If God is looking down on us, he (I’m using the masculine pronoun here for literary purposes because I believe the universal intelligence we call God actually embodies both masculine and feminine) must be doing so with a great sense of humour. How else could he do so without wondering what went wrong … given the greed, anger, fear and wanton destruction of the planet that characterizes human existence (sorry for the slightly dark intro)!