It's been a while since I've been at this site. I needed a break from HealthUnlocked because talking about Parkinsons gets to be a little overwhelming after a while. I can understand what it must feel to be our friends and caregivers. My wife Cato, who is a wonderful person, has told me that some of my morning moaning period rituals can be tedious. We've had our share of drama.
My day usually starts around 4 AM. I've developed a theory that 4 AM wake up might actually be a symptom of parkinsons. Maybe it's med related. We have a cat named Stella who seems to think that it is her cat duty to wake the boss every morning. I'll open my eyes and find her laying on me a foot away from mewith her legs neatly tucked. Staring. I'll take the cue and obediently shuffle off to the kitchen and put her half cup of cat food into her bowl. Some days Stella willl sneak into the room and jump on Cato's side of the bed, because Cato is patient and loving and therefore more vulnerable. Naturally the way to Cato is over me. Stella will nudge and poke and stare until one of us gets up and puts food in her bowl. Like clock work.
I usually toss and turn and get an occasional bout of The Morning Shakes until sunrise, then I get up and take my first dose of carbidopa/levadopa of the day. Cato will be sitting in front of the mirror applying makeup, sipping coffee. Getting ready for work. Then it starts.
"I hate parkinsons. Why can't I just get better?"
"Why am I so tired?"
Cato looks at me over her shoulder in the mirror " I can't talk about this everyday when I need to get ready for work" Oops.
Cato works at Eve J. Alfille Gallery & Studio in Evanston, Illinois . Eve Alfille is an incredibly talented artist who designs and makes fine jewelry. On the first of December The Gallery sponsored a benefit to honor The Michael J. Fox Foundation. 10% of the profits that day went to The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Cato is the sales manager at Eves Gallery. She needed her morning time to psyche up and put on her game face. I needed to shut up.
You'd think I'd learn. In a way I'm a little like Stella.