Sunday, August 07, 2016

Only on March 2nd!

It seems incredible to me that I only first wrote to you about my developing sickness on March 2nd, last. Click [here] to read that blog post.

Only 4-1/2 months ago. That was during my trip to Guatemala. In my ignorance, at that time, I figured that I was coming down with Parkinson's. Not so!

I now reveal to you how I felt about the coming of this mysterious sickness. At first I was very angry. I cursed the Heavens. Later I acted like a child, pouted, and then began to feel depressed.

I don't believe that I wrote to you about symptoms that began well over a year ago, perhaps two years ago. I began to be terribly clumsy. On the golf course, sometimes there is a steep berm. I fell down those berms several times. Lately I began to understand that those symptoms were brought on by the same things as my present right arm and hand control problems.

Those symptoms also consisted of a reduction in my coordination. My friend John was witness to a lot of these events. Sooooo many times when John and I were eating in a restaurant together, I would spill my glass of water. For a long time I chalked up these spills to just clumsy accidents.

Now I realize that these spills were not accidents, but due to a reduction of my timing and coordination. For some reason, the physical coordination of my right hand and arm were under attack. Getting less and less over time.

Right now I am at Sizzler for lunch. A few minutes ago, my right hand bumped my glass of iced tea. Luckily, the glass tipped, then wobbled a little, but did NOT go over!

6pm - At Guava Gardens pool
I've picked up the habit of going to the pool during the early evenings. That time is good for the pool because the Sun drops behind the buildings. Sun is not good for my skin.

Larry the apartment manager closed down the pool and spa for three days. Chemicals were added to the water to "shock" bacteria or something. And Larry felt that it was not safe for the tenants to go in the water.

But this afternoon the water is safe again. The lock is off the pool gate, and I'll be in the water soon! 😎

George at the pool





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8 comments:

  1. Not that it will make it better and please don't take this comment the wrong way ... but blogging about it has made a great reference for you to go back and look for dates when it started, symptoms, any medications prescribed at that time, and then what were the results. PLUS it gives readers like myself, in their mid 60's a reference for any future issues that are similar in our future. Thanks George for being so open on your blog.

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    1. Hi Steve,
      I love what you wrote. And I DO use my blog as reference, as you indicated. Like a diary.

      I've always had as a goal thru my blog writing, to be of service to readers. Makes me happy to be acknowledged by you to have succeeded. 😎

      George
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  2. I remember so vividly my Mom, and I wish I could remember the year... but we were at Perkins Pancake House and her hand shook... she tried to hide it... but somewhere along there she told me she had Parkinsons. Whatever is going on with your health, if, like my Mom, it is so much better to discuss it and deal with it as it is... whatever it is. Maybe I'm too blunt, but we found the right doctors and got a clearer description of what to expect and what would be happening. In her case, it wasn't good, but at least we knew what we were dealing with. I can only wish you the best... health, well being and all... but maybe you're like us... knowing makes whatever it is somewhat easier.

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    1. Sharon, your comment about your Mom is such a meaningful thing for you to share with me. I feel honored!

      I think I understand how people believe that many parts of their lives should be kept private. That concept was taught by parents.

      As you wrote, that idea is sooooo wrong! I believe that this idea comes from some kind of guilt or shame syndrome.

      I, on the other hand, firmly believe that there is nothing in my life that I should be ashamed about. That's the primary reason that I can be so open, here in my Blog.

      George
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  3. Wondering what the doctors said about the side effects of the meds you are on?

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    1. Hi AFCG,
      My wondering with my doctors about side effects of my drugs being responsible for my physical ills did NOT get any traction.

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  4. Exactly my problem. Timing and coordination that used to be built in is no longer dependable, I misjudge distances, bump into things, and come up with bruises. Amazing how I could have passed by that piece of furniture for 20 years with never a problem. Today my arm flails out and I get a bad bruise. Similar things have happened too many times for me not to realize that something is awry with me!! Knock on wood, no suspicions of Parkinson's though, That was ruled out by your doctors, right George? Any word from your doctors that you haven't told us about?

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    1. Hi RNR,
      Our going thru this stuff is really a GIANT bummer, isn't it?

      Yes, Parkinson's was ruled out by my neurologist doctor. Apparently Parkinson's has certain symptoms which may be tested by a doctor.

      To determine if a patient has Parkinson's, the doctor both observes the patient and asks patient to move this way and that. If patient demonstrates a Parkinson's movement, they have it. If not, they don't have Parkinson's.

      George
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