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Seeler's complaints

ninjafaery

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There was a slightly important lesson in it, though, and that was the concept of "looking at where you want to end up", which I found curiously helpful when learning to drive.
That was a late revelation for me. I parted my hair crooked and couldn't draw or paint a straight line until I learned that trick.
 

KayTheCurler

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Sign me up!
Right after I sign up myself and my old man! So far two doctors, four therapists, and the Recreation Director all think it is a good idea. None of them are prepared to find the bit of cash to pay a Facilitator. Stupidity. One therapist could take the time to lead a group session instead of seeing individuals . Same paycheque - more bang for the bucks..
 

Seeler

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I believe that it's easier to exercise when you're in a group with a competent leader. I find a feel much better most days that I exercise and move about and I do as much as I can motivate myself to do, but I let inertia take over too often. A regularly schuled program would get me out of the house.

Today was a good day. Up early, I made breakfast, unloaded the dishwasher, made some cranberry sauce, tidied up the kitchen. Made some phone calls, rescheduling an appointment, and confirming some details about a worship service I will be leading next week. Short nap, did my physio-, read newspaper, peeled and cooked potatoes for tomorrow, made lunch, then went to my Parkinson's support group.

Feel good today. I'm hoping for a good night's sleep and energy tomorrow when Seelerman and I are cooking a turkey dinner to deliver to my cousin's family – she had surgery today.
 

Mrs.Anteater

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I too find it hard to motivate myself to exercise alone.
The key is to do it regularly until it becomes a habit and you feel that you are gaining something ( like you now can do the exercise more often than when you started, you body feels better when doing it, you notice better balance, more strength. I never had that experience when I was young, just grew up with poor body perception, paired with always being the last in gym class, there was no benefit perceived from exercise. Only since I got my personal trainer building me up with Pilates starting at simple breathing exercises, I experienced an actual benefit from it. ( which you can loose quite easily again).
 

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I prefer to exercise alone. I can use music or whatever I am watching on the TV to pace and motivate myself. Guess that's my introversion showing.
 

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Despite the fact that the pain in my back and neck bothers me more than the symptoms of my Parkinson’s, I realize that my physical condition is gradually deteriorating. Although I can still maintain the pace necessary during a busy week, I find the it takes a while to recover. One activity a day would be great - some days I have two or three things that have to be done – appointments to keep, groceries to shop for, library books to be picked up or returned, church and/or social activities that are committed to or that I want to attend. The week before last, was like that and it took three or four days to recover.
This past weekend we had a Square Dance Festival with our club hosting several other clubs; Square dancing Friday evening, Meeting with Seelergirl and Pete for breakfast Saturday morning. Then home for a short time before going square dancing again Saturday afternoon and evening. During the suppertime break we dashed out to the co-op store to pick up a fruit tray for the evening snack our club was providing (some of our visitors would be driving for two hours to get home after the closing). And I had forgotten to make sandwiches or squares to contribute. I didn’t get much physio done those days.
In addition, these past two Sundays I have been leading worship at my former church. I put about 15 hours preparation into each service, and spend about two hours at the church on Sunday mornings. By Sunday afternoon I was exhausted. Seelerman and I collapsed in the living room with the TV on and were just drifting off to sleep in our chairs when a neighbour phoned and invited us to go for a drive with them. I turned down the temperature on the crockpot where I had started a pot roast that morning and we accepted their inviation - better than sleeping all afternoon. But since that while Seelerman has the energy to do yard work, I find myself lazing around the house not even getting out on the deck to enjoy the beautiful weather were having now.
Tomorrow we will be spending the better part of the day volunteering at the church with their outreach lunch program.
I’m grateful for all the people who are so good to me. Beginning with Seelerman who is my support person. But all the people who open doors for me, offer to carry things for me, or get me a coffee, or make sure I have a chair in a crowded room. Those who make themselves available if I need help buttoning or zippering my coat or putting on my shoes. I can do all these things myself, and usually do, but I appreciate the offers; and I can see the time coming when I will need help.
 

Seeler

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Reading over my most recent post, I realize that I was having a few bad days. Life isn't that bad. While it is true that I found preparing for and delivering a worship service is more difficult now than it was six months or a year ago, I got good feedback and complements after each service and an invitation to come back next time they need supply.
This week has been good so far.
Mother's Day we had a nice visit with Seelergirl's family.
Nice weather on Monday meant that I actually got out for a walk around the block and had energy to do some weeding in my perennial bed before a neighbour dropped over to chat. We could really believe that spring was here as we sat on the front deck in our shirtsleeves. (What has happened to our weather since then – cold, windy, raining with the threat of snow)?
 

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I interrupted my post to go to my Parkinson's support group. We meet once a month – 20 or 30 people with Parkinson's and some of them have their caregivers with them (spouses, friends, son or daughter). It's a great group and I try never to miss it. Today the guest speaker had to cancel at the last moment so we had extra time to meet in small groups and discuss problems and challenges, medications, housing arrangements and various changes that we have had to make to accommodate our limitations. But we also share our information and accomplishments. It was through this group that I found out about the physiotherapy program that I participated in. Several others in the group also took the program and we all agree that it was helpful.
Life is good.
 

Carolla

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I am likewise SO glad to see some sunshine & spring weather Seeler. I found this winter to be brutal - my first one of retirement. I think the weather takes a toll on our mood, and health too. Wishing you more sunshine!! Keep posting - I am enjoying your updates and comments as always.
 

Luce NDs

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I am likewise SO glad to see some sunshine & spring weather Seeler. I found this winter to be brutal - my first one of retirement. I think the weather takes a toll on our mood, and health too. Wishing you more sunshine!! Keep posting - I am enjoying your updates and comments as always.
Yet some say the environment about us has nothing to do with altruistic behaviours in character!
 

Seeler

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I’ve been a bit down this spring, perhaps because of the lateness of the season - although the last few days have been a beautiful, fresh, sunny 20+ degrees during the day and around 10° in the early morning and late evening. Perfect weather! I think my mood has been the more affected by the fact that I am aware of my gradual physical deterioration. For instance, I had to ask someone else to keep score at recent table-game because my hand writing was shaky from my tremor. And although I hate to admit it, my balance is not as good as it once was. I have to be careful.

Therefore, I really appreciate affirmation that there are some things I can still do well.

We had a pulpit exchange and our church last Sunday and I was honoured to be asked in advance to introduce the visiting minister. I made some inquiries and found out that she was the new minister at the little church I had previously attended, having been called from a church in another province. She moved here with her husband and child. I had actually met her on a few oc