It took a couple of days of very careful, limited eating, to get my tummy back to a normal situation, but I’m much better now. I’ve gone back to using the glycerin suppositories, and that’s helping the most, other than to avoid some questionable foods.
I talked to my PT Monday, and told her my neck was much better, and that I was surprised they had not had me doing any exercises. She said they wanted to get my muscles calmed down first. So, she is going to add some tomorrow. I told her I wanted to be stingy with my visits, in case I needed to come for something else later on in the year, so she has me on Monday and Thursday now, instead of 3 days a week. Of course, that frees up our Date Day, and that suits me just fine.
I’ve been extremely busy trying to help all the families who have been asking for help find lost lovies, ever since the msnbc.com article came out about our Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service. We had well over a thousand hits that first day, and our traffic is still about double what it was before the article.
I’m fighting the poison ivy again, and I’m not sure which one of us is winning right now. I have found that I can take one Benadryl at night, and that stops the itching until in the afternoon. Then I take a non drowsy type that the pharmacist said I could use. It doesn’t work all that well, and by early evening I’m in misery. It gets in my blood stream or something, because I end up with rash and blisters in places that it should not be. Very delicate skin itches ten times more than arm or leg skin, I guarantee it!!!
I see the Dermatologist in another couple of weeks, so I will certainly ask him about anything I can do to dry it up quickly.
I think I know where the poison ivy is coming from. We’ve been bringing our outside cats in at night when the weather is below freezing. I am pretty sure I’m catching it from them. We had the brother and sister kitties neutered last week, and the little girl is somewhat frail, so we did not want to take any chances with the cold. The only other possibility is that the wood chips I’m using for the compost have the vines ground up in with it. Our back yard is just full of poison ivy, so that’s certainly possible.
I’m continuing to limit my reading of anything Parkinson’s related, but nothing has changed as far as my foot tremors and facial tics go. Oh, and I still haven’t started back using the TAP. I decided to get my neck calmed down, plus see if the mouth tic was related to maybe my tongue moving around on the inside of the mouthpiece in my sleep, and it getting to be a habit. Well, the neck is calming down nicely, but the mouth tic is still there. So I think I can stop blaming the TAP for that.
Since I’ve been taking the Benadryl at night, I’m sleeping quite well, even without the TAP. Funny, the Benadryl is working much better than all the fancy sleep meds ever did, and I’ve tried almost every prescription they make at one time or another.