One of the more challenging aspects of my experience with a neurological condition is freezing. Freezing happens when I am unable to move my feet, usually from a standing position. It typically occurs at the most inopportune time, like when I’m losing my balance. I have hurtled headlong into more than one wall because of it.
Recovering from this neurological condition [parkinson’s]] is mostly about restoring body chemistry. It’s about ‘convincing’ the neurotransmitters that are produced in our brains [mostly dopamine and serotonin] and the hormones that are produced in our endocrine system [mostly adrenaline and cortisol] to return to normal levels. We want more dopamine and serotonin and less adrenaline and cortisol. Which the body wants as well by the way. It wants to be in homeostasis.
The other day I decided to take a walk down to the lake to do some reading [I’m currently reading a biography about John Candy]. It was quite hot and humid and I thought sitting beside the water for an hour or two would be good for the soul! Although it was warm, it was also quite windy and the waves were splashing against the rocks, lightly spraying me from time to time. It was quite refreshing!
After a half an hour or so of reading a decided to dangle my feet in the water. While sitting there enjoying the moment, I couldn’t help but marvel at how calm my body was. There was no trembling! I’ve experienced this before, calmness around water. Perhaps it’s the energy of the water, or perhaps it simply my love of water. Whatever it is, it works and I love the feeling!
I’m moving at the end of the month to a boathouse apartment, not far from where I’m currently living and I’m really looking forward to it! I’m presently living on a very busy, noisy street, with almost no privacy. It’s not exactly conducive to eliminating stress, something that is necessary in order to overcome Parkinson’s.
Yes, I know there will be boat traffic in the summer and snowmobiles in the winter, but that’s a small price to pay for living on the water with my own western facing deck and an opportunity to watch the sunset over the lake every night. Not to mention swim every day and fish off the dock! Utopia!
There’s nothing like living on the water and I plan to do it full time when I retire, whenever that is [right now I’m having too much fun teaching karate!]. In the meantime, I look forward to moving and enjoying some peace on the lake and dangling my feet of course!
Of an awesomely dangly day!
I hope by now after reading this series of blogs I’ve posted on ‘My Recovery from Parkinson’s,’ you realize that it’s possible to recover from this supposedly incurable disease. As I said in an earlier post, the notion that PD is incurable is the misguided belief of western allopathic medicine because a pill hasn’t been found to cure it. As evidenced by Bianca Molle, John Coleman, Howard Shifke and others however, it is definitely possible to fully recover. It’s just not going to happen with a pill … nor will any disease ever be cured in this manner!
When you’re recovering from Parkinson’s or any other chronic illness for that matter, I think it is really important to avoid dairy, including milk and cheese. It pains me greatly to say this because I love cheese. It is my favorite food, but in my experience, dairy products cause me constipation and constipation is already an issue for people experiencing the symptoms of Parkinson’s.
No discussion about the steps I’ve taken in order to begin recovering from Parkinson’s would be complete without a review of what I’ve learned during the process. In a blog I wrote a few months ago, I listed seven valuable things I had learned up to that point that have been instrumental in the beginning of my recovery. The list has grown since then.
All my life I have been a goal setter. As a kid growing up I had two very ambitious goals. I wanted to be an NHL hockey player and I wanted to be a veterinarian. While I didn’t realize either one of these goals I did manage to accomplish a secondary goal which was to earn a university degree. I also had plenty of wonderful hockey experiences including playing in the All-Ontario Jr. C semi-final series in 1973 and being invited to play for the University of Guelph intercollegiate team in 1975.
Perhaps, the most challenging part of my journey recovering from Parkinson’s has been dealing with my thoughts. Quite often I find myself in the midst of a seemingly random negative thought pattern. Just a few months ago I was admittedly very mired in negative thoughts, dwelling on the progression of the ever worsening symptoms I was experiencing. It got to the point where I started having panic attacks. Thankfully, I put that behind me, although I still continue to experience negative thoughts.
I sincerely hope Robin Williams didn’t take his own life, in whole or in part, because he was under the false belief that he had been diagnosed with an incurable disease. It was reported last Thursday that Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, announced that in addition to experiencing depression and anxiety, he was also in the early stages of Parkinson’s.