Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Something I know at lot about....or I am learning

Parkinson's disease patient showing a flexed w...
Parkinson's disease patient showing a flexed walking posture pictured in 1892. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
 
Day 2, Thursday: Educate us on something you know a lot about or are good at. Take any approach you'd like (serious and educational or funny and sarcastic)



 I know more about Parkinson's disease than I care to know. I am writing about our Hospice Journey and you are more than welcome to read it by clicking on that title at the top of this blog. The posts where I have shared what I know about Parkinson's are here and here and here. Read along and let me know what you think.

     I am a registered nurse and I have learned more about Parkinson's since my husband was diagnosed than I ever learned in nursing school or in all the years that I practiced nursing at our local hospital. That is usually how it is with most diseases. You sometimes have to live it to learn it.


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  2. Hi Grandma :) lol i propably I'm taking it too far. I read all 4 posts and I learned a lot. When I think of Parkinson's I only think of stage 1 di tremors. i can't imagine how heartbreaking it is too have your loved one suffering. But its probably worst for him. It really isn't fair. I admire you.

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  3. I could say you are doing a great job. Been with your hubby through out!

    Cheers to you! :)

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    1. Thanks! Part of those wedding vows!

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  4. you have gone through a lot, Paula. You are very courageous!

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    1. Thanks Nina. It is just what I do!

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  5. I have learned a lot from your posts about Parkinson's. Nothing is like hands-on learning though. You are wonderful (I think I tell you that all the time, but it's because I admire you).

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    1. That is right Cristy! And I think you are wonderful, too.

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  6. I've learned so much about Parkinson's and end of life terminology from your posts.

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    1. I am so happy to be teaching a teacher!

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing this. it was so informant.

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  8. Thinking of you <3

    Always here if you need anything...especially if what you need is something crocheted or a digital tag. lol

    Mo

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  9. You carry the weight of your world with beauty and grace; an inspiration and a joy, it is, to have discovered your blog.
    You can rant and cry and I will listen. I lost my grandfather to Parkinson's, and he was my hero. I wish you continued strength as you travel this journey.

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  10. I don't know much about Parkinson's but I'm reading through your previous posts now. From my earliest memories of her, my grandmother suffered from Alzheimer's. My grandfather took care of her until the day she passed away. Caring for a loved one until the end is a massive, admirable undertaking. Best of luck to you and yours.

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    1. Oh my. I think that Alzheimer's would be so much harder. Bless him. That must have been difficult

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  11. They say you meet everyone for a reason, and I can see why your husband found you in life! Such a difficult journey, but you are lucky to have each other.
    xx

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    1. We tease him that the reason we are together is because he searched for a young woman, one he could put through nursing school, and then she could take care of him in his old age. All just a joke. At the time we had no idea that he would have Parkinson's and need taking care of. We are lucky to have each other.

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  12. I feel we are birds of a feather--all those years working in nursing homes, I never learned as much about the real life, day-to-day of living with and loving someone with Parkinson's. You know I admire you!

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    1. Thank you Lisa. It is a two-way street with the admiration!

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  13. Your post reminds me of when I was young. My mother learned all about a very rare disease after my dad was sick in the hospital with it for two years. She is the reason he was only the second person ever to survive it. You are wonderful to help him through.

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    1. Wow! That is just incredible. What was the disease?

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