Only two months ago, I suggested in a post that my five-year honeymoon with Parkinson's disease was over. I'd experienced my first bad fall attributable to PD; I had needed to increase my dosage of carbidopa-levodopa (the standard PD med) for the first time; my housemates had convinced me to cut way back on my driving. I think much of the gloom in my prediction resulted from my depressed mood after the February cruise around South America.
Now, I'm feeling better than I have in a long time. During a regularly scheduled visit last week, my neurologist said he saw no real changes since my last visit.
So, what's going on? Today, I'll focus on the non-pill factors. Tomorrow, I'll discuss the new three-pill combo I believe has really enhanced my sense of my well-being.
This chair remains a centerpiece of my daily routine. I sit here during mindfulness meditation, part of my 3-4am "quiet hour" -- whenever I get up for a bathroom visit. The rest of the time, I continue the meditation while doing tai chi-like stretches.
I also sit here for about 15 minutes in the middle of the afternoon -- a ritual that began when I started using RESPeRATE, the FDA-approved device designed to help lower stress and blood pressure. It worked, but I eventually learned the deep breathing exercise without RESPeRATE's musical guidance.
I usually pick three or four things. A favorite is the reddish dish at bottom right -- bulgar wheat. I'll typically include a soup -- either the harira (lentils, chickpeas, and vermicelli in a tomato broth) or the balila (chickpeas, garlic, salt, cumin and olive oil in a citrus sauce). How's that for healthy? Even better, it's delicious.
Figs is a blessing, since I'm not a cook. Thirty years ago, I had a new kitchen installed. Months later, I hosted a 65th birthday celebration for a dear friend. When the caterers asked me how to turn on the oven, I didn't have a clue.
So, hurray for Figs!