It’s been about a year since my bout with dehydration. I managed to get through that horror with lots of prodding and insight from my wife/caregiver.
The Great Recession and my Parkinson's has drastically cut our income, so I no longer get a massage every week or go to the Nautilus room at the aqua center - that originally stopped with the dehydration. Because I could barely walk down the hall, let alone attend either exercise or massage, I simply could not attend. That was true for going to the local PD support group as well. After that the financial limitations became a harsh reality.
I’ve tried to keep up with exercise using my hand weights and cardio equiment at home. There are also chair exercises which we do to stretch, relax and use a few different muscles. I have never been a well-motivated person for exercise but the social aspect of the Center seemed to help me exercise regularly. Now I have to depend upon my own motivation to get me going.
|Harry with the brothers a few years ago|
You’d think that knowing it can help me live better and possibly longer would be enough but it isn’t. Sometimes I feel I have not left the second floor of my house for months - simply sitting at my computer without venturing out or seeing another human being besides my wife. The dogs have become my best buddies.next to what-ever hallucinations my brain has cooked up for me. Both dogs spend a lot of time near me...hoping for a treat but content to just be close. Blakey, the black cat, sits on my printer; while Mongo, the mama’s cat, still sleeps on my wife’s CRT.
I watch what’s happening to this country and I worry and despair. How can Congress go on vacation while millions of families have no wage earners? Politicians and even those people on the news and financial programs seem to be concerned with those who make $250000 rather than those who make $0.00. They give lip service to the rest but they have jobs, they are not on the ground floor. They don’t get it. I get the impression that they feel chronically ill people are slackers.
In the new Congress the conservatives want to cut spending when the economic situation demands that we increase it. We need to get out of Afghanistan and use the savings here. We need to leave scientists to do science instead of leaving it to ministers from bible colleges, online degrees or self-proclaimed. Could we cure PD sooner if we didn’t have one hand tied behind our backs?
|Mongo and Blakey ready for winter|