Seven years ago, I began doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®. Of course, back then it did not have a name…it was just what I was doing. At the same time, I began keeping a hand-written Parkinson’s Daily Journal. It is time to share my journal with all of you. Here is my September 30, 2009 journal entry, seven years ago today.
“09/30/09. Got up at 4. This is my worst day so far. Hard to get off the bed and whole body is tight and aching. Hard to get dressed. Hard to get downstairs. I follow the same routine every morning – out of bed, get dressed, go downstairs, use bathroom and put on contacts, go to kitchen and turn on espresso machine. I look at the clock as the machine takes 10 minutes to warm up.
Every day the clock shows 4:04 or 4:05. Today it showed 4:08. I am hopeful that the slowdown is a result of the Qigong performed yesterday. I have found that releasing toxins always makes me worse before I get better. I can only hope this will be the same.
Performed the Kidney Qigong. Kidneys are aching, which is a good thing.
At 10am, I started feeling a little lightheaded so I ate a banana and the extra vegetables Sally set aside after she prepared our lunch. She told me they could be my “elevens-ees.” They were my “second breakfast.” [“elevens-ees” and “second breakfast” are Lord of the Rings references to extra meals].”
I have to tell you all that I laughed when I read this. In the beginning of this journal entry, I wrote, “This is my worst day so far.” When I woke up that morning, I had been doing the Recipe two days only. What was I expecting after two days? To be feeling better? Oh, my!
And it was a big eye-opener to read how much of my perfectionist adrenaline-mind was controlling me in the early parts of my recovery: “I follow the same routine every morning – out of bed, get dressed, go downstairs, use bathroom and put on contacts, go to kitchen and turn on espresso machine. I look at the clock as the machine takes 10 minutes to warm up. Every day the clock shows 4:04 or 4:05. Today it showed 4:08.”
So, my friends, feel free to laugh with me as well. This brings me to another point, laughter. Two weeks ago, our fellow warrior Lynn in Canada told me a very funny story relating to her Parkinson’s.
We had such a good laugh together. Then she suggested that maybe I could invite anybody who had a funny story to relate regarding his or her Parkinson’s to post it as a comment on the blog. I told her it was a good idea, and when the time felt right, I would do it.
Yesterday in her comment, Trish in Colorado wrote, “Laughter is supposed to be healing. If we can laugh now and then at our predicament maybe we’ll be symptom free sooner.”
Okay. The time is right. I invite anybody who has a funny story to relate regarding your Parkinson’s to post it as a comment below. We can all laugh together at each other’s stories. I agree with Lynn and Trish, every one of us could use a good laugh.
You are worth it!!!
All my best,
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This is a pretty ironic funny situation I am in having Parkinson’s. I am a natural bodybuilder, fitness and fashion model, and master fitness trainer. Also, I have been a male stripper since 1993 but now that I have Parkinson’s it’s very hard for me to get dressed when I go to my shows. I can take my clothes off but I can’t put them back on. Pretty ironic and I thought it was pretty funny. I guess I’m in the right business.
LOL :). Yes, I guess you are! Thanx for sharing…. made me laugh.
Werni and me went to Spain for a holiday. Every day we walked on the sea, afterwards we had a shower for the feet, which are installed close to the sea. Once Werni got very stiff and couldn’t move. Suddenly 5!!! helpful tourists supported me till he could move again😂 we laughed together and finally went in a restaurant to celebrate the success by eating a Gazpacho (a very famous cold soup in Spain) and having a glass of wine! Then we noticed that if you accept the help you are happy and thankful😘 We still laugh when we think about this scuril scene!!
Love Tery and Werni
I was lol Tony and big thank you
I have learnt a lot from you all and you Howard
Thank you 😀✌️🎶
I agree laughter does so much good for body & soul. Don’t have a funny PD story but years ago took belly dancing classes. Sometimes the right body part would just refuse to move & the answer was always a good laugh so from now on when body won’t move I’ll think I’m belly dancing & laugh.
Thanks always you are always right on. 🙂