One of my three main motivations for recovering my health … other than to live healthy again, walk normally and all that stuff … is to swim! Several years ago, before I moved to Manitoulin Island, I realized that I was losing my ability to swim and by the time I got here in 2016, I had completely lost it.
I started weaning off Sinemet almost 6 weeks ago and I’ve decided to put the weaning off process on hold for the time being. I’m doing this for two reasons. First, the last two dosage reductions have been very challenging with days of more intense symptoms and moments of anxiety and panic. Second, I have a couple of long trips coming up in the next month and a half and these tend to be rather stressful, as I have experienced, making weaning off that much more difficult.
Since January, I have been undertaking my recovery protocol and daily regimen with renewed vigour and enthusiasm. I have also been focusing heavily on meditation and qigong, and I have added breathing and body language exercises.
I learned two breathing exercises that are primarily meant to raise our vibrational frequency and stimulate the production of serotonin, oxytocin and dopamine to help overcome anxiety.
Last week, Mari and I took a trip to Toronto, so she could pick up her new car [a Ford Ecosport] and we could do a little shopping and visit my children.
It is a six-hour drive and normally, leading up to it, I would be experiencing some trepidation and anxiety because I don’t respond favourably to these long trips. However, on this occasion, I was actually feeling quite excited, for two reasons. First, since going on medication and implementing a more rigourous daily regimen with more emphasis on CBD oil, breathing, meditation and Qigong, I have been feeling much better and wanted to see how the drive would affect me. Second, my middle daughter is with-child and scheduled to give birth on July 2, and I am preparing to drive down to visit my new grandchild in the event Mari is up north working.
I recently weaned off Zoloft [sertraline HCl]. I started taking it in December along with Sinemet due to the severe anxiety and loss of balance and mobility I had been experiencing. Prior to that, I had experienced the symptoms of PD medication-free for 17 years.
I am grateful to say that this combination of medications [Sinemet and Zoloft] restored my balance and mobility to the point where I could function again, and eliminated the anxiety. I am also grateful to tell you that the weaning-off process went really well, with no major complications.
It has been two months since my last post on my journey experiencing the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Since that post, my journey has taken an abrupt turn!
When I was diagnosed with PD in 2008, I made the decision at that time to deal with it naturally. The neurologist who diagnosed me explained that the only way to treat PD was with medication. I said, no thank you. I felt confident that I could overcome the condition by healing the emotional root cause … the same way I had overcome food sensitivities and migraine headaches.
In a recent conversation, Mari and I agreed that the state of our bodies is largely a reflection of the quality of our thoughts. Yes, nutrition plays a role, as does chemical toxicity, exercise, stretching, relaxation and correcting physical trauma, but more than anything else, it’s our thoughts that determine whether our bodies are going to be in a stressed [fight or flight] state or a relaxed state, and thus, in good health or not.
I recently read Howard Shifke’s, Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery. Shifke, as you may know, is an American lawyer who fully recovered from Parkinson’s in 2010 after being diagnosed in 2009.
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.
A couple of afternoons ago I was out on the lawn, enjoying the sunshine and practising Qigong. In the middle of my practice, a tiny hummingbird zipped by on its way to check out the flowers by our deck! I am so awed by these brave little creatures! It was a moment of admiration and I felt awesome!