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Welcoming the new year with Parkinson’s Disease

We have made it through Christmas and are about to enter into the new year of 2010. Since my last post for Thanksgiving, there have been some unexpected health issues show up for my family. After working with supplements and setting my dad up with a Raw Green Drink protocal, he was finally diagnosed with Parkinsons. I was truely shocked. The past few years have been spent searching for info and preventing Cancer since that is my family’s primary demise on both sides and including my husbands family. Honestly, I felt sideswiped by the news and a little pised that I didn’t recognize it. Most of the symptoms were there, but PD never entered my mind and the many various doctors he went to didn’t catch it either. We only noticed his changes this year although we could have caught on earlier. It must have started some time ago since he is in Stage 3. He is 72 and has had a pretty healthy life although I have been constantly on him and my mother about their use of excess sugar.

When we all moved North to a much cooler climate, things seemed to kick into gear and speed up for him. It began wih some balance issues. Falling off a ladder and then loosing balance while gardening. That was the main thing we saw, but then his speech began to slur a touch and his thoughts didn’t seem to be connecting. He seemed confused at times. Alzheimer’s came to my mind, but he was remembering things, just couldn’t make a seamless connection. Then he began hunching over when he walked and of course his balance worsened. We kept asking him to stand up straight. He said he couldn’t. He began to shuffle when he walked and his reaction timed slowed. It took a lot of convincing, but my siblings and I asked him to stop driving. We told him he deserved to be chauferred around town by mom.

Doctor after Doctor couldn’t figure it out even after CatScans blood tests and proding. There are two significant items that we never noticed. My dad didn’t blink very much and his arms stopped swinging when he walked. They were stiff next to his side. I have been spending a lot of time learning and seeking holistic treatments to compliment his medication. Since he began his medication, his walking has improved and his speech is better although now his short term memory is being affected.

In addition to my dad’s diagnosis, I am now learning about Shingles. My mother had some digestion issues and went to the doctor who gave her medication. Within one day of beginning her medication, she developed a rash. She discontinued  the use hoping the rash would subside. To her suprise, the rash intensified, spread quickly and began to hurt. She recognized it as Shingles, which my dad had a few years earlier, but her doctor didn’t call it. She went back to the doctor and the doc agreed that yes, it is Shingles. I get the call and I’m up in arms. Yet another miss. I feel like the doctors are just playing battleship. Randomly guessing at what the matter is. It has been 3 1/2 weeks and she is still in severe pain. I’ve given her aloe vera juice and topical gel along with peppermint and everything else I can think of. It’s really awful but I found out that there is a vaccination for Shingles. Typically I am not one to encourage a vaccination, but if you have had chickenpox you are more likely to get Shingles since it lies dormant for many years. Do the research first and make sure you know what the side effects could be if any.

~RawMa

 

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