Thoughts on Approaching my 70th birthday.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Found out today that someone I knew a little bit from from the time I was playing in the park district orchestra has passed away. I am sad because even though I barely knew her she was kind and fun to talk to. I told daughter about her passing. She had never met this woman but I talked about our relationship. Daughter asked how old she was and I said at least 80, but when I checked out the obituary, it turns out she was 76! I am freaking out about turning 70 soon, but when I look at my physical and mental state compared to that of my deceased friend, I think I am doing rather well. I don't know how I will use this information to help me get back on the healthy eating bandwagon, but it is there.
Husband and I are dealing with a medical issue of his and some of his paperwork has his age as 70. That was also a "whoa" moment. (His medical issue is resolving with the best possible outcome, so we are over the moon about that.)
My Parkinson's is still limited to my right side (as my doctor said it would be), but I have developed a new symptom, an urge to tap both feet in a complicated rhythm pattern. At least doing this shifts the emphasis away from the toe clenching. I find myself making. I have begun going to an exercise class specifically for P patients. The exercises for leg and arm strength are reminding me how much I need them, and then there are the exercises for balance and vocalization. I did not know that P patients need to actively work to keep their voices strong. Mind work too. We sit in a circle and have to go around counting off by 2's or 3's. I was panicking about the 3's, but I managed to say the number I should have. ;)