Tripping into the new year

Did you just fall? No, I was checking if gravity still works.   Anonymous

Somehow, when things seem to be going well, something happens to bring you back to reality.  I fell twice this past week, after having gone months without a fall.  Once when I stepped on the edge of the sidewalk and my foot gave way, and the second time in someone’s home, when I was too busy talking to someone to see a one inch step in front of me.  Both times, I fell hard, with no chance of recovering my balance.  The second time, I actually injured my self.   I landed on one knee and the opposite hand, which was holding my cell phone ( I think).  The cell phone apparently dug into my hand, resulting in immediately swelling and pain.  Fortunately, x-rays showed no broken bones, so I am left with a sore hand and wounded pride, both of which should subside quickly.

But these incidents serve as a reminder that when living with Parkinson’s, we must always pay attention to our surroundings, more than usual.  You never know what dangers are lurking ahead to take you down.  A person without PD and good balance, will usually manage to stay upright when tripping on an uneven sidewalk.  They will start to fall, but catch themselves.  But with PD, it is a different story.  My wonderful husband, Mr. Twitchy, said that I fell like a tree off that sidewalk.  I never had a chance against gravity, as I would have before PD.

Image result for trippingWhat can a Parkie to do to minimize the chance of falling?  Walking poles can help, but only if you remember to use them. I really make an effort when walking up and down steps to use the handrail, and that has helped a lot.  Uneven steps have been a challenge for a long time.  Unfortunately there isn’t always a handrail when you are out on a sidewalk.  You need to look down at the sidewalk and look ahead at the same time so you don’t walk into anything in your way.  Sounds easy, right?  Not always, especially on a crowded sidewalk.

And then there is the cellphone, which is a major distraction and probably dangerous to use while walking (as much as when driving), but we all do it anyway.   Mr. Twitchy keeps telling me to put it away while walking.  He is concerned that I am really going to hurt myself one of these days.  He is probably right, but don’t tell him I said that.

Image result for quotes about tripping and fallingFinally, I can’t help wondering if the recent falls are signs of changes in my Parkinson’s symptoms.  And that scares me more than anything else.   Mr. Twitchy keeps reassuring me that I am ok, that I just need to pay attention to my surroundings more.   And I really hope he is right about that.

 

On a totally different subject, please check out Soaring with Hope for PD – Parkinson’s on Facebook.  This is a project created by 3 friends of mine who are all living with PD.  Their goal is to reach out to the Parkinson’s Community worldwide and bring at least 10,000 origami paper Cranes, each bearing a message of hope, to the WPC in Kyoto, 2019, to be displayed in a beautiful art installation.

 

 

 

Soaring with Hope for PD

Screen Shot 2017-11-14 at 10.03.52 AMSeveral months ago, some Parkie friends of mine,  Amy, Clara and Naomi, started a project called “Soaring with Hope for PD”.  Inspired by the art installations that they saw at the World Parkinson’s Congress in Portland last year, they decided to create an art installation for the next WPC in Kyoto, June 2019.  Naomi is Japanese, and to celebrate her heritage, she settled on Origami Paper Cranes.  She says “traditionally, it was believed that if one folded 1000 origami cranes, one’s wish would come true.  It has also become a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times.  As a result, it has become popular to fold 1000 cranes (in Japanese, called ‘senbazuru’).”

 

They have taken this idea one step further.  Each crane represents a person with22852927_364077437370768_1492230337745861884_nParkinson’s or a person impacted by Parkinson’s. They are asking each person to give their message of hope, which will be written on a crane.  So instead of 1000 cranes, they have a goal of 10,000 cranes to bring to the WPC, each of them with a message of hope written on it.  Can you imagine an installation of 10,000 colorful origami cranes hanging from the ceiling?  How beautiful will that be?  And the impact that the installation will have will be substantial – there will be more cranes than there are people attending the WPC, representing the thousands who could not be there.

No automatic alt text available.To participate in the project, please
provide your NAME, LOCATION and WORDS OF HOPE by clicking HERE,   emailing to SoaringWithHope@gmail.com  or message it to them. They will dedicate a special crane with YOUR MESSAGE on it.  You can also help by getting the word out, sharing this post with others in your community.  They are also going to take pictures of the origami cranes and and post them on the Soaring With Hope for PD   Facebook page for all to see.
Soaring with Hope for PD – Parkinson’s
Raising awareness in PD Parkinson’s globally!