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 October 5, 2009 journal entry, seven years ago today.
“10/05/09. Up at 4. Feeling the same. My knees hurt, but that is probably the result of the store and the lawn from yesterday. Victoria is home from school with a stuffy nose. I am constipated and having a rough day.
I am trying to work, but I am miserable today. Oatmeal for breakfast, drank lots of water, apple and watermelon for lunch – terrible day.
Went with Sally and Genevieve to a Duke University event at the Marriott Westshore. It was good.
Dinner was great – black beans and rice. Also, just remembered – took handwriting test today – not good.”
Apparently, I was having a very rough day physically. There are times when I felt the constipation was worse than the Parkinson’s, particularly in January of 2010, which ultimately got me to switch to a vegetarian, high fiber, diet.
The handwriting test I mentioned was to look at micrographia (small handwriting I had read was a sign of Parkinson’s). This one test I had learned about said to take a blank sheet of paper with no lines and sign your name again and again down the page creating one column.
A sign of Parkinson’s would be a shrinking signature as one moved down the page. As it turns out, I gave myself this test on September 28, 2009, the day I started the Recipe, and then every week through December 21, 2009.
What I will do here as part of this series is, beginning today, I will scan and publish for you my September 28, 2009 and the weekly handwriting. Then you can look at the September 28, 2009 sample and the one that will correspond to the date of the post from 7 years ago.
Click the link below to access the pdf of the September 28, 2009 and October 5, 2009 handwriting samples. The next sample set will be posted next week on October 12, 2016.
Wishing all of you a wonderful day!
You are worth it!!!
All my best,
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