Two points for starters:
- Note that the title reads coping in Copenhagen, not with Copenhagen. I loved Copenhagen. As usual, the problems were of my own making.
- I’m in the wheelchair only because I decided it would be quicker for us to tour the Tivoli Gardens. If I'd hobbled about on my cane, we wouldn’t have gotten very far. I brought my friends Terry and Prav over from London to push me around.
- The Danes are the happiest people on the planet. According to the UN’s 2013 World Happiness Report, Denmark -- with a score of 7.6 -- beat every other country on a global happiness scale from zero to ten. Americans aren't especially happy; we landed in 17th place, between Mexico and Ireland. We talked with a Danish gal on the train who laughed scornfully when we asked about the Danes being the world’s happiest people. She was just back from a trip to the States and wished she could have stayed.
- Copenhageners dine well. This small city boasts 15 Michelin stars. Noma, the “New Nordic” restaurant, has been named the World’s Best Restaurant three times.
- Copenhagen rivals Amsterdam for the popularity of bikes. Half the people here pedal to work.
- Copenhageners are law abiding. It’s said that even at 3am on an icy cold night with no traffic in sight, they’ll wait for a green light at pedestrian crossings.
My London pals Terry and Prav arrived Saturday morning, and we immediately headed out by train to the Louisiana art museums. The name has nothing to do with our state of Louisiana. The museum’s two benefactors both had wives named Louise.
Fifteen miles from Copenhagen, Louisiana consists of several small museums surrounding a sculpture garden park in a beautiful setting. I spent half an hour just sitting on a bench near a Henry Moore sculpture on a bluff. From my perch, I could see Sweden -- 15 miles across the water.
My seatmate on the flight from the USA planned to take the train from the Copenhagen airport over the bridge to Sweden and arrive at his summer house in southern Sweden within an hour.
The park is beautifully landscaped with lots of flower gardens and restaurants. The lady who rented me my chariot for the evening recommended a restaurant where we enjoyed an especially good meal.
- Do not stay in bed, tossing and turning.
- Get up.
- Do my “secret handshake” meditation.
- If that doesn’t work, I stay up. I do stretching exercises or whatever. I won't go back to bed until I feel sleepy or accomplish the last step:
- Drink lots of water until I have a bowel movement. In my experience, constipation and insomnia are almost always linked
- .Insomnia is just one of the ailments addressed by my cure-all supplement -- the seratonin-booster 5-HTP. I upped my dosage of that a bit. I'm sure this helped as well.
I had a vague recollection that difficulty swallowing was linked to Parkinson’s. When I did a quick Google search on the association, I found this headline on the first link: "Difficulty swallowing can be fatal for people with Parkinson's."