The Frozen Man… Chapter Six- Medication… Symptoms and Side Effects

“The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” -John 1:5 Continue reading The Frozen Man… Chapter Six- Medication… Symptoms and Side Effects

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Part 5- Meds… The Art of Symptoms and Side Effects

“The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it,”  -John 1:5

It was the medical treatment with an emphasis on medication, exercise and mindfulness that came to my rescue from the deep-sea of cognitive and physical disparity. Those who knew me at the beginning of this ordeal and see me now comment on how much better I seem. With excited eyes they infer that the doctors must have made a mistake, the diagnosis was wrong, you’re not sick! So when they ask how, I tell them the truth, “I’m on drugs.” Suddenly they get this quizzical look on their face, not knowing what to say. I reassure them, “it’s still the same me shaking under this mask of medication.  I’m in control with a little help from my friends… for now”. Then it suddenly occurs to me, what an absurd statement that is; am I ever really in control. Yes, on some days you have to look a little closer to see if I have Parkinson’s at all. But it’s there and never really gets too far away, tied at the hip it seems constantly waiting for the next adventure. Continue reading Part 5- Meds… The Art of Symptoms and Side Effects

Part 4- Cognition…In the Time of Not Quite Knowing

“I will not cease from mental fight… Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand.”
-William Blake

Merriam’s dictionary defines ‘cognition’ as the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses… the mental activities of thinking, understanding, learning, and remembering. The negative side of this definition is what I felt during that period before and into my first year of treatment for Parkinson’s. It is cognition or lack of it that played a heavy role in my actions and way of thinking at that time and still does today. Continue reading Part 4- Cognition…In the Time of Not Quite Knowing