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 16, 2009 journal entry, seven years ago today.
“11/16/09. Up at 4. Slow moving. Got to kitchen at 4:09. I feel like my body is heavy. No lightness in my movement. Low energy took its toll today.
At 8pm, had to go to sleep. With my usual wake up time of 4am tomorrow, that will be 8 hours in bed. I either will feel refreshed or not be able to move…no control over that, we will see tomorrow.”
I took a peek ahead at tomorrow’s journal notes…I felt rested after 8 hours of sleep. Fifty days into the recipe taught me that things would go more smoothly if I listened to the wishes of my body. Early on, I realized that my symptoms made sense when viewed through the eyes of a body in survival mode.
When a body is in survival mode, the recovery is from the inside out. If the organs fail, the organism may fail. If the limbs fail, the person may not be happy, but the organism does not fail. The body will prioritize the organs ahead of the limbs every time, which is why the physical part of the Recipe is designed to heal your organs.
Click here for more on how your recovery takes place from the inside out.
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 16, 2009 handwriting samples.
You are worth it!!!
All my best,
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“If the organs fail, the organism may fail. If the limbs fail, the person may not be happy, but the organism does not fail.” Makes perfect sense, and answers some questions for me.
Fascinating post, Howard…guess I’m doing well on your program because my limbs are getting stronger and able to carry me most days on my early morning walk… a chance to celebrate nature and just to be glad to be alive…not bad, huh?…especially as, at 75, I’m not a young chick any more…more like an old determined dog sniffing out some earthly delight…
PD has been playing with me since the year 2000 so it may take a little longer but with your wonderful blog and your supportive and amazing coaching, I’m slowly but surely making progress. Thank you dear soul.
Thank-you for your insight and wisdom Howard, am so appreciating these daily posts. Still need a tidal wave of encouragement like so many of us do so this is really helping.
Penny I admire you!
Don says: Today, I see that to take the setbacks as a positive thing because the body is using its energy to heal the inside of me.
Karen says: When I see Don’s symptoms, it is scary for me because I don’t want to lose Don to disease. Today, I see that I can be more positive and I need to give it plenty of healing time.
Blessings and love to all,