The last few weeks have flown by. As I wrote last week, a dear friend passed away after a very brief (5 weeks) illness that left us stunned and numb. Mr. Twitchy and I got home from visiting her in Arizona on Monday, and left again on Thursday for a wedding in Richmond, VA, and then to Chicago on Sunday to visit our grandchildren there. Home in LA the following Thursday and thankfully had the chance to hug our one-month old granddaughter as soon as we arrived. That was definitely just what the we needed since we were off to Phoenix again on Saturday for the memorial service on Sunday. Looking forward to being home all summer, and staying off of airplanes.
Trying to keep it all together has been a challenge. Wacky schedules. On and off planes and long drives. Not enough sleep or exercise. Meals, good and bad, and not necessarily nutritious. This is not a good thing for anyone, much less those of us with chronic illnesses. We are both exhausted. So of course, my tremor has come back at inopportune moments. Fortunately that is the worst of my symptoms, but the fact that it has come back again to some degree is very disconcerting. I was hoping that I could continue doing well for years. I have to get back on track with exercise, which seems to bring more benefit than anything else.
When speaking to my therapist last month about the return of some symptoms after 41/2 blissful years on Sinimet, I said I felt like I was falling off a cliff. He described it differently, that it has actually been a slow change, but suddenly enough of a change to be noticeable. Kind of like when the PD symptoms first showed up 10 years ago. Whatever it is, I don’t like it.
So it is time to do something about it. Fortunately, several other big commitments have come to an end and I no longer have those stressors. I need to look at my diet and make positive changes, increase my exercise – both the amount and intensity, and find ways to relax that do not include playing games on my phone. I have done it before, so I can do it again. Maybe I will even try to be a PD Warrior! Anyone want to join me?