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 November 2, 2009 journal entry, seven years ago today.
“11/02/09. Up at 4. Slow as usual. It is Monday and I am hoping for a good week.
I called Marcie and I am scheduled to see Dr. Sanchez-Ramos on January 28, 2010. I let dad know and he did not seem happy, but what can you do.
Long day – constipation is making me crazy. I hope I will get some relief soon. I ate a plum and 20 black grapes with lunch and a gala apple with dinner. No relief. I hope tomorrow will be better.
Oh yeah, I forgot. Marcie called and I have a neurologist’s appointment on Thursday, 11/05/09, at 2pm. Dad must have a lot of influence at the doctor’s office or I just had good timing with a cancellation.”
I must admit that I was so happy when I couldn’t get in to see the neurologist until January 28, 2010, nearly three months from my call. As most of you know, it is no fun to see a neurologist who does not believe you can get better from Parkinson’s.
The reason I presumed my dad called them to change my appointment is because when I told him that my appointment was on January 28, 2010, his response was, “I can’t wait that long.”
Of course, as you can see, I was still in adrenaline-mind-mode, and abundantly caring what everybody else was thinking, from my dad all the way to the neurologist I had yet to meet. However, the one thing I was certain I never would do “just to make the other people happy” was to take Parkinson’s medications.
As I have written many times and have discussed with quite a few of you, the decision to not take Parkinson’s medications caused a large amount of conflict with family and friends…how sad is that…people being unfriendly because I decided, with full consultation of Sally, to take my own health in my own hands….how sad is that!
Never give up on you.
Also, as I have mentioned previously, I had read about a handwriting test where 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 am doing here as part of this series is scanning and publishing for you my September 28, 2009 along side the weekly handwriting. Then you can look at the September 28, 2009 sample (the baseline) and the one that will correspond to the date of the post from 7 years earlier.
Click the link below to access the pdf of the September 28, 2009 and November 2, 2009 handwriting samples. The next sample set will be posted next week on November 9, 2016.
You are worth it!!!
All my best,
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