Stuck in Slow Motion
Stuck in Slow Motion:  Finding Joy Behind  the Mask of Parkinson's Disease? What is Parkinsons Disease? Parkinsons disease is a degenerative neurological disorder  for which there is currently no cure, and at  this time the progression of the disease cannot be slowed down. At best the symptoms can be managed . I have been living with Parkinsons disease for ten years. What Are the Symptoms of Parkinsons disease? Parkinsons Diisease is classified as a Movement Disorder because it affects the muscles  that control our  movements. A lack of dopamine causes a kind of 'broken link' between the brain and the muscles  The disease is characterized by  muscle rigidity, hand tremors and slowing of movement. Many people with Parkinsons disease  in its more advanced stages also have impaired balance, a stiff facial expression, shuffling gait, muffled speech, and small, cramped handwriting. Some experience memory loss, others struggle with disease-induced depression Diagnosis My memories of D-Day (“Diagnosis Day”) remain vivid.  “You have garden-variety Parkinson’s Disease,” announced the neurologist casually, leaving me fighting back tears as I tried to maintain a dignified front.  “Garden variety Parkinson’s disease?” I repeated to myself and "What is  Parkinsons disease?"  For months after, as I tried in vain to deny my new reality,   I devoured copious bits of information  on disease progression, impact and management and in the hope that knowledge would empower me. Instead, it filled my mind with images of a future truncated by rapidly-spiraling physical and mental deterioration.   I was utterly devastated. Fighting the Good Fight As the initial shock began to wear off I resolved to fight this strong adversary with every fibre of my being, and to uphold my joyful disposition, despite the ...
Comments Off on Stuck in Slow Motion
Confessions of a Cat Burglar
"My husband said it was him or the cat ...  I miss him sometimes".   Unknown Cat Flushing Toilet?? Is That Possible This is a story about my  'cat flushing toilet'  discovery.  So -  there I was, alone at home, quietly reading the newspaper and minding my own business, when I thought I heard the sound of someone flushing a toilet . I froze on the spot, terrified. "Can a toilet flush by itself? Is there a stranger in my apartment?"  I wondered, and  "How on earth did anyone get in?" I could see the front door from my chair in the living room, and it was impossible that someone could have come in while I was sitting there, unless perhaps I had dozed off for a minute or two – but I was pretty sure I had not. Trembling, I picked up the phone to call 911, but then replaced the receiver. "Perhaps I drifted off momentarily and woke up in the middle of a dream?" "That must be what happened" I told myself, breathing a sigh of relief, and refocusing my attention on the article I had been reading before I was so rudely interrupted. But just a few minutes later I heard it again. I was NOT imagining it! Wondering where I could hide, I tiptoed stealthily towards the spare bedroom, hiding behind the door, from where I could see into the bathroom. Lo and behold – and with utter disbelief  -  I saw my cat flushing the toilet!! I could hardly believe my eyes and ears, but indeed, with much relief I realized that the mystery prowler was – beyond ...
Comments Off on Confessions of a Cat Burglar