I would like to share with you what I think you need to know in order to live effectively, and if all goes well, overcome the symptoms of PD and restore your health. In determining an appropriate title for this post, I was hesitant to include the number, 18. It’s not a round number, like 10, and it’s big number. I was concerned that it might be overwhelming. But the reality is, PD is a complex condition requiring a comprehensive protocol. You can’t simply treat it with a pill.
Gazing out his office window Sergio recalls with fondness and reverence, his grandmother’s birdfeeder. It was the focal point of much of the family’s amusement, conversation and joy! It was also the center of a considerable amount of the education that grandma and grandpa doled out to their always welcome visitors!
The feeder attracted a wide variety of birds, big and small, the most fascinating of which, pretty much everyone agreed, was the chickadee. These tiny, delicate creatures who somehow managed to weather the extreme winter cold and harsh conditions, were quite often the family’s main attraction.
Okay, it’s time for me to get in the game! Lot’s of people all over the world are reaching out in whatever way they can to help others during this time of coronavirus crisis. I would like to contribute by offering something I love to do … write stories. I was already planning to do this for people living with the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, but why not offer to a wider audience.
So, here goes!
The other night, I watched a movie called, Sergio. It was about Brazilian UN diplomat, Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was killed during a suicide bomb attack on the Canal hotel in Baghdad, Iraq in 2003. The movie was intense, dramatic and engaging. I really got into it!
Sleep deprivation is a common aspect of living with the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, whether you take medication, or not. The good news is that the body’s natural tendency is to shut down the fight-flight response prior to sleep in order to ensure a restful sleep. So we just need to do what we can to support this.
For me, the best approach to anything, is to keep it simple! In this regard, the moment I awake in the morning I place my attention on stimulating dopamine, seratonin, oxytocin and endorphin production … naturally. I don’t need to think about recovering my health or even returning my body to homeostasis, I just need to focus on the thoughts and activities that will initiate the release of the feel-good neurotransmitters and hormones.
Whenever I find myself dwelling on the symptoms I am experiencing and wanting them to go away … which happens more often than I care to admit … I remind myself to take a different approach. I remind myself … compassionately … to place my mind in the state I want to be in … joyful, excited, enthusiastic, contented!
Fake it til you make it, as they say!
Lately, my attention has been very much focused on overcoming anxiety, for two important reasons. First, it is very challenging, mentally, particularly as it relates to experiencing panicky feelings. Second, it affects all the other symptoms I experience, significantly. When I am in a state of anxiety, my gait is stiffer, my balance is worse, I’m very unsteady on my feet, my movements are slower, my voice is rhaspy and my driving is less steady.
The reason for this renewed focus is because I recently started feeling anxiety again.
As part of my Recovery Protocol and daily regimen, which are intended to return my body too homeostasis, I am learning to count to 10 in various languages. I am also learning a new language … Estonian [Mari is Estonian, so I have ample motivation].
My primary objective in undertaking this endeavor is to neutralize and dissolve anxiety, which is my biggest challenge these days!
The quality of our experience is largely determined by the quality of our thoughts! This is particularly true for anyone experiencing the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Generally speaking, if we have positive thoughts, we will have positive experiences.
But where do our thoughts come from? Where do they originate and what determines their quality?
And the hits just keep on coming!
I have recently discovered that I can swim again and sing again! And now I’ve discovered that I can play golf again, although I say this somewhat tongue-in-cheek because I have been able to play golf all along, just not very well.