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 7, 2009 journal entry, seven years ago today.
“11/07/09. Up at 4. Had a lot of things on my mind regarding re-wiring my nervous system. I needed quiet time to read, reflect, and to experiment with mobility.
Did a couple of tests. First, held onto the counter and lifted right leg at knee, like marching, 4 times. Did the same with left leg. Slow, but okay with each individually.
Then, tried to alternate “marching.” As my right foot touched the floor and I began to lift my left leg, my right leg began to tremble, my right leg collapsed at the knee, and my left leg began uncontrollable tremoring and tightening and locking only an inch or two off of the floor.
This reminded me of the test Dr. Sanchez-Ramos gave me where I held my left arm straight forward and he had me tap my right thigh with my right hand (I was sitting on the exam table, legs dangling over the side). At his office, my left arm started shaking violently.
I starting thinking that maybe I need to start training my limbs one at a time because of the negative impact each has when I try to exercise or move them together. I decided to do more standing to build internal energy. I put my back against the wall to hold the balance of my body while I stood (this time arms at side) for 5 minutes. I shook during the second half of the five minutes.”
This was the beginning of Awareness of Neural Impulses and re-training my brain in the Recipe. From some of the tests my neurologist has given me, it was clear that repetitive movement on one side of my body caused stiffness, tremoring, and/or uncontrolled movement on the other side of my body.
My neurologist had explained two days earlier that with Parkinson’s there can be confusion in the cross-over with the right side of the brain controlling the left side of the body and vice versa. So, I decided to change that flow of energy.
Click here for an in-depth discussion of how I utilized Awareness of Neural Impulses and Brain Vibration Chanting to retrain my brain so that each side of the brain would operate the same side of the body.
And, I will finish today with a healthy reminder from yesterday:
Healthy acceptance: Accept that you have Parkinson’s.
Healthy Denial: Deny that you cannot get better.
Healthy life: What you decide your life will be in-between “You have Parkinson’s” and “You don’t have Parkinson’s anymore.” It is your life — LIVE IT TO THE FULLEST!
You are worth it!!!
All my best,
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Until you wrote it in #41, neither of us knew all of this stuff. Don had many of the same symptoms including the locked up knee. Don thought it was an orthopedic difficulty and had not made the connection of it to Parkinson’s.
Blessings to all,
Karen and Don
This is the part of the recipe I most struggle with. Thanks Howard I will follow your link.