I’m having two main problems from the Parkinson’s right now – my very stiff and painful neck, and the much increased tremors, particularly in my right foot.
I’m sleeping with a very soft neck pillow, the kind that look like a C, and I keep it behind my neck while I sit at the computer, too. That helps me get to sleep and cuts down on the pain of just holding my head up. As the day goes on, the pain is getting worse and worse.
I am waiting to hear from my Orthopedist now about a standing MRI appointment. Hubby has Jury Duty next week, so that means I will have to wait longer to get it done. Can’t be helped, but it’s frustrating. He had to ask for a deferral back when we were taking care of Daddy, so he can’t very well ask for another one because he is taking care of me. There is absolutely no way I could drive myself to the big city, as long as it’s been since I’ve driven at all, even though I am no longer having the sudden sleep attacks. Maybe, if he is lucky, he won’t have to serve for long, and I can get it done toward the end of this week. I sure hope so. The Methacarbamol and Mobic aren’t helping enough to warrant taking the pills, so I quit taking them.
I’ve tried to continue with as much exercise as possible, but DH hurt his back again several weeks ago, and his sciatic nerve is acting up. He hasn’t felt like going to the track, so I haven’t been getting enough exercise lately. I am still working out in the yard the best I can, but it makes my neck hurt worse.
I’m also having considerably more problems due to tremors. For the first year of PD I didn’t have any tremors at all. I was beginning to have small ones on Sundays mostly, while we were listening to the sermon. I finally decided that it was the uncomfortable pews, being too still too long, and being cold, all working together to stress my muscles. But that was a very mild nuisance tremor.
Since I had the steroid interaction that sent me to the ER, however, the tremor in my right leg and foot have been so strong that it makes walking and standing much more difficult. It still comes and goes, but when I get the least bit tired, as I do when I walk very much, that leg starts dancing a jig all on its own. I am having more problems with balance because of it, and I am beginning to experience what is called freezing. When I stand up, I have to kind of wait before I can get that pesky right foot to make up its mind to move where I want it to, it’s so busy moving where it wants to.
One thing’s for sure, I look like I have Parkinson’s now, where I didn’t until recently. Even my lips, tongue, and eyebrows are beginning to quiver. We had our portraits made the other day to give to our children for Christmas, and it was all I could do to hold the poses long enough to get a good picture. My face behaved, but not my leg. It took every bit of will power I had to make my leg be still. If I hold my breath and really concentrate, I can stop the tremors momentarily, thank goodness. I had to do that to get the X-rays on my neck done a couple of weeks ago, too.
So, things have been a little difficult lately, but I am still managing OK. I’ve been listing a lot on eBay, and we have had some good sales there. I’ve also been concentrating on trying to help as many people as I can on my Plush Memories blog. I’ve managed to find several lost lovies for people, and some of my blog readers there have found a few more. And, there have been a few times that we had the lovey they were looking for in stock, so I’ve made a few sales, and made some folks very happy all at the same time. That’s what makes selling the plush toys so much fun.
We are still going to Estate Sales, but this time of year there usually aren’t as many on a given Friday. That’s OK, because I really can’t manage more than a few anyway, as I tire out and hurt too much to go to very many. So, we have been doing a little bit of Estate Sale hunting and a little bit of Christmas shopping on Fridays. The only thing we absolutely have to go to stores for is all the Stocking Stuffer odds and ends that we give our children and grandchildren every year. And this year, we have been buying things for their stockings all year long, which is a blessing.
Thank goodness for Internet shopping! I’ve been buying most of our gifts online for years, but this year it has been a blessing. The black pair of Skechers came the other day, and I wore them to get our portraits made. They feel wonderful, and they do improve may stability much more than the Sunday shoes I have been wearing. Our daughters wear the same size shoes I do, so looks like they will be getting some hand me down shoes.
So, I keep going, making changes as I must.