This post is the fifth of the 18 things you need to know about living with the symptoms of PD. It might have been more aptly titled, “Eliminate fear, stress, worry and anxiety, and you will, in all probability, recover your health!”
Last week, as part of Sergio’s Stories of Inspiration, I posted a YouTube video on Archie Williams’ audition on America’s Got Talent! It was an amazing story that would have made Sergio very proud! He would have been equally proud of Landau Eugene Murphy Jr! Love it!!!
Like a lot of kids, growing up, Sergio had some idols! That was okay people told him because positive role models can be quite healthy for a child’s development. Because he loved sports and music, not surprisingly, his idols were athletes and musicians! He wonders what made him think of this walking through the forest as he was on this warm spring day!
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!
Somewhere out there resides a very clever intelligence! Why do I say this? Because it seems this mysterious diabolical being has crafted an experience whereby a person stuck in a chronic state of worry, partly due to their nature and partly due to their life experience, could [would] develop a neurological condition in which worry [anxiety] is not only the most troublesome symptom, but that it also contributes to the development and progression of many other debilitating symptoms, aka, Parkinson’s.
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.”
I am writing to tell you that I take great offense in regards to the characterization of Canadians as being extraordinarily modest and polite! It’s a well known stereotype avidly promoted on American talk shows, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert being a fine example! Last year during one of his monologues, Colbert talked about the Canadian government changing some of the wording to the national anthem … because there weren’t enough apologies!
Yes, it seems to be a common held belief that Canadians are extraordinarily nice people! But I ask you, have you been to a hockey arena in Canada … any day of the week?
When it comes to hockey, Canadians are … well … we’re a little nuts!
During the second world War, if they had put an arena over Europe and sent in a bunch of Canadians with hockey sticks, that war would’ve been over in a matter of hours! Same thing with the Alamo! If they had put a hockey rink over it and manned it with a bunch of hockey moms from Medicine Hat, as legendary hockey star, Tiger Williams once said, those other fellas would’ve been done like dinner!
The Canadian victory at Vimy Ridge during the first world War after repeated attempts by British and French forces to take the ridge is another fine example of Canadian tenacity! As I understand it, the soldier leading the charge, was wielding a Sherwood!
Yes, we can be polite, and yes, we are careful about stating our opinion, particularly on matters that don’t pertain to us, but show us a picture of a hockey arena, put a hockey stick in our hands or let us listen to a recording of Foster Hewitt, and our eyes roll back in our heads and we become maniacal!
So the next time someone speaks eloquently of how polite Canadians are, suggest to them that they visit a hockey arena any Saturday morning between October and April, and remind them to take their protective headgear … and their protective cup! We’re not above kicking somebody in the stones!
And if that is insufficient evidence, have them watch replays of Mark Messier’s elbow during the 1987 Canada Cup championship game between Canada and Russia!
Oh, and if I have offended anyone with my take on Canadian disposition, please accept my sincere apologies 🙂
One of the most frequent questions I am asked, is how to get off medication. Be it PD meds, anxiety meds or both, there is a genuine desire to be medication free, and thus, free of side-effects and the inevitable loss of efficacy of the medication … it is well-known that over time PD meds lose their efficacy, eventually becoming completely ineffective, the outcome of which is quite grim. Moreover, for the vast majority of people experiencing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and who believe recovery is possible, recovery will involve coming off medication at some point, and this too quite frankly can be a disconcerting prospect. It is akin to a drug addict going through withdrawal.
This past November, Mari urged me to get more dedicated to my daily recovery protocol. It’s a regimine I created three years ago before I retired from teaching martial arts and moved to Manitoulin Island. At the time, it consisted of 15 physical activities that were intended to support my recovery protocol; activities such as walking, doing push-ups and practising Qigong. I created an Excel spreadsheet to track my progress each day, putting a check mark beside each activity I completed.