Taking the Day Off from Parkinson’s

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by Sherri Woodbridge |

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I had a pretty good day recently. It was better than I’d had in a long while. I remember thinking that I could forget I had Parkinson’s disease if every day was like that day.

But every day isn’t like that one. Every other day usually begins with being slow and rigid. If I didn’t have Parkinson’s disease, I would jump out of bed and skip to the bathroom. It would be the beginning of a new day.

If I was taking the day off from having Parkinson’s disease, I would take my morning medicinal cocktail and not feel nauseous at all. But wait — if I didn’t have Parkinson’s, I wouldn’t need a medicinal cocktail.

My shower time would be halved, and I wouldn’t have to worry about being off balance in the shower or falling when stepping out of it. 

I would sit down at my computer, and instead of my fingers seizing up, feeling like popsicle sticks, and refusing to be obedient to my brain, they would begin to type. One word, two words, three words, four — just like the old times. 

What if?

But if it were like “old times,” I would most likely still be working. I would be sitting at my desk taking phone calls, encouraging people, and leading a children’s choir. Or I would be running my business again, making wooden figurines for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter scenes. 

Perhaps I would have retired by now and would be watching my grandkids full-time instead of a few hours, two days a week. And I wouldn’t need a nap (or two) during the day.

If I had escaped the Parkinson’s monster, I would be able to drive myself wherever I wanted to go. I would be able to do laundry anytime and not just when I’m “on.” I could fold clothes and carry out other household chores without any help.

If I didn’t have Parkinson’s disease, I wouldn’t have to deal with my medications being “off” or “on.” I could float through my day. 

Life would be good.

Don’t misunderstand me

My life is good in spite of Parkinson’s disease. I have so much to be thankful for that I once may have taken for granted. Family and friends are so much more precious and valuable to me now.

Daily doses of dopamine may be the norm now, or adjusting deep brain stimulation settings, but I still get those priceless hours with my grandkids, and the medication still works when I take it. So, even if I can’t really take the day off from having Parkinson’s, some days are better than others, and I’ll take what I can get.

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DOUG REICHLIN avatar

DOUG REICHLIN

Thanks for sharing. I can really relate to your description of the morning struggle to start your day.

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Sherri Woodbridge avatar

Sherri Woodbridge

You’re welcome - thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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Dora Cabrera avatar

Dora Cabrera

Hi Sherri,
I am 60 years old and I have a Parkinson too
I would like to know if I can find this information like new medicine and new treatments for this disease in Spanish which is my primary language. Thank you

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Sherri Woodbridge avatar

Sherri Woodbridge

Hi Dora - I’m sure you can although I am not sure how you would do that other than your computer should be set up for Spanish?

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Carmen Latimer avatar

Carmen Latimer

Hi Sherri,
You are a great writer! Your stories always resonate with me. When my medicine works I almost forget that I have a problem. When I hear a favorite song I often start to dance because I still can and I'm thankful for that. I appreciate the little things more now. I often wonder what I would/ could be doing if I didn't have Parkinson's. I've met some great people because of Parkinson's. Together we pedal, box, walk, talk to keep fighting PD.
Thanks,
Carmen

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Sherri Woodbridge avatar

Sherri Woodbridge

Thanks so much for sharing, Carmen!!!

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