Fighting Parkinson’s, and where it all began, part 39

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 5, 2009 journal entry, seven years ago today.

“11/05/09. Up at 4. Snail’s pace. Got to the kitchen at 4:09. Yuck. Today should be interesting. I have a 2pm appointment at Mom’s doctor, Dr. Sanchez-Ramos.

I will need to leave at 12:45 to be there when they want me there at 1:30. I guess there is a lot of paperwork to fill out even though they took all of my personal info and health insurance info two days ago.

Life is very hard on Sally with my Parkinson’s. I wish I could do more to ease her burdens…getting better is step #1, and I am focused on that!

I am too wiped out to from the day to write. See 11/06/09 for rest of what occurred today.”

Okay. No real suspense here…I got diagnosed with Parkinson’s. It was just a long day and the most amount of driving I had done in a long time. So, I was too tied to recount the day’s events that evening.

As you can see, my adrenaline driven mind was so consumed with getting to the neurologist’s office on time (being perfect), that I wrote about it in my journal.

Since there is not much to say today about this day, please remember that we are 5 days into the November 30-day Challenge 2016. Click here to get a pep talk for my 30-day challenge 2016.

You are worth it!!!

All my best,


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2 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and where it all began, part 39

  1. Dr. Karen Zilverberg says:

    Thanks, Howard!

    Karen says: Don went through the neurologist for a full diagnosis on my request. My reasoning was because I could clearly see that if things continued to progress as it had been progressing that I would quickly need home-health-care assistance to manage his day-to-day needs. I was wearing out and becoming exhausted. I thank our Creator that this is not how things are progressing. 🙂

    Don says: The neurologist gave me a choice to take pills or not. Of course, I will not take them. He did; however, send me to physical therapy. So far, I have had 21 sessions and I am approved for 6 more sessions. Physical therapy has made no difference at all as for the Parkinson’s tremors and other Parkinson’s symptoms. However, I am thrilled with my improved mobility and stamina. Evidently, the physical therapy and Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® is a great combination for me. I still go to the Chinese Traditional Practitioner each month but he is also working on the rest of the things that have gone wrong such as restless leg syndrome, hypothyroid, the mini strokes, MS (Multiple Sclerosis), and whatever. The Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® is not only helping me with the Parkinson’s but also my attitude. I was very angry. It feels so much better not being so angry all the time.

    Blessings to all,

    Karen and Don

  2. Cap says:

    Thank you again, Howard! This post too is a great inspiration!

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