There is something about the change in weather that activates all of my Parkinson's symptoms. I'm not sure if it's the cold, or the damp, or what?? I do know for sure that I don't like it!
Some days, Parkinson's really gets me down. I try to stay positive, but those kind of days stink.
Yeah, stink. Like today.
I've been dealing with the effects of Parkinson's Disease for the last 4 years, but didn't get my "official" diagnosis til this past December.
Apparently when you are only 35, Dr's shy away from saying for definite that you have a life-altering disease.
*Side-note: Seriously, is it that hard to make a cute cane??? C'mon people!!! You can have a disease and still be super fashionable! Utilitarian canes make me weep, they are so ugly. Where are the rhinestones? Where is the glamour? WHERE IS HELLO KITTY??!!
I try to keep this blog fun and lighthearted because I hate to be a downer. And I don't like to share too many annoying life details; but like I said, sometimes Parkinson's stinks.
So when I get down, here's a list of the top ten things I do to cheer myself up:
1- Watch my favorite old movies and funny TV shows. Laughing out loud is an immediate cure for the blues.
2- Eat. I don't care, bring on the cake and french fries! As the late, great Chris Farley once said, "LAY OFF ME, I'M STARVING!" (I miss the GAP girls. And funny SNL episodes in general.)
|Maybe I am going to eat the whole cake!!|
3- Read. I'm one of those people who can completely immerse themselves in a book. Reading is a good distraction.
4- Watch Jeopardy and remind myself that my brain is still working, even if my body isn't.
|I'd like to make this a true Daily Double!|
5- Hug my family and my little pupsters; and remind myself I'm not the only person in the world with a problem.
7- Take a nice, long, hot bath. The warm water soothes my tight, sore muscles.
8- Get outside and get some exercise! Just breathing in the fresh air and flowers can wipe away many a Parkinson's worry.
|Riding a tandem bike has been proven|
to slow the progression of Parkinson's!
And it looks so vintage cute!
9- Listen to music, and sing and dance along! It completely embarrasses my kid and makes me giggle!
10- Check-in with my friends! I love you poodles!!
Looky there! I'm feeling better already!
|Thank you to Imagimeri for many|
of these adorable images!