And Just Like Mary

Tuber Rose
Photo by Sherri Woodbridge

I feel so weepy today…

I’m not sure why.

I cried over the way the piano player was playing “When I survey the wonderous cross…” Perhaps it was his beautifully pure voice. Or maybe it was the joy on so many faces as they accompanied him in worship. Maybe it was the story of Mary, sitting at Jesus’ feet, wanting to be taught by him, knowing she was so loved by him, certain of soon being saved by Him.

Maybe it is getting back on track, slowly, in my relationship with the Jesus that Mary adored. Being reminded there is no other person, no matter how good, that can fill a void only He was meant to fill.

I haven’t lost my way. I am finding that with Parkinson’s (and I am certain many other diseases), you lose your ability to concentrate, to stay focused, to keep on track. I am finding that with Parkinson’s you find yourself losing your stamina and your energy isn’t always what you want it to be and most likely never will be again.

It is in those times of testing the lack of resilience that you weep. For things lost. For dreams most likely never experiences.

And then you find yourself at the feet of Jesus, just like Mary. And just like Mary, you weep as you worship one like no other. One who loves like no other. One who forgives like no other. One who saves like no other.

And those tears, they wash away the pain. They wash away the heartache. And just like Mary, you know this is not how it ends and again, sitting at His feet, you worship.

Drug Therapies Used in Parkinson’s Disease

A group of people with Parkinson’s disease was surveyed and asked what medications they take to treat the disease. If you ever questioned whether this disease is unique in terms of symptoms, just read this list of medications approximately 20 people with Parkinson’s have used or are currently using to treat the symptoms associated with PD. Also, notice the variance of the drugs used to treat depression in PD. Depression is not just a real illness in and of itself, but combined with PD, it can be frightful and very difficult to cope with.

If you are struggling with depression to any degree, let your doctor know right away. It affects every aspect of life.

Drugs used to treat Parkinson’s disease and its symptoms:

  • Nuplazid – first drug to treat hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson’s disease
  • Mertazopine – antidepressant
  • Seroquel – It can treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression.
  • Carbodopa/Levodopa – primarily used to manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease but does not change the course of the disease (aka Parcopa and Sinemet)
  • Mybetrig – for the treatment of overactive bladder
  • Respiridone – (aka Respirdol) It can treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability caused by PD
  • Lexapro – antidepressant
  • Ativan – used to treat anxiety disorders, trouble sleeping
  • Rytary Neuropatch – a combination of carbidopa and levodopa for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease
  • Azilect – used as a monotherapy to treat symptoms in early Parkinson’s disease
  • Sinemet – also known as Parcopa, it can treat PD and promotes dopamine
  • Mirapex – treats Parkinson’s disease and restless legs syndrome
  • Domperidone – used to relieve nausea and vomiting; to increase the transit of food through the stomach
  • Ropinerole – a dopamine agonist, used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and restless legs syndrome (RLS)
  • Aricept – treats Alzheimer’s disease
  • Clonozopin – treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety
  • Zoloft – antidepressant
  • Endacapone – used to treat PD
  • Stalevo – three medicines – levodopa, carbidopa and entacapone. They work together to increase the levels of dopamine in the brain. Used to treat Parkinson’s disease
  • Amantadine – treats Parkinson’s disease and parkinson-like symptoms caused by certain medications
  • Linzess – used as a laxative
  • Alprazalam – used for the treatment of anxiety disorders, especially of panic disorder, but also in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) or social anxiety
  • Gabepentin – Nerve pain medication; restless leg syndrome; chronic pain
  • Oxycodone – treats moderate to severe pain
  • Exelon patch – can treat dementia
  • Cymbalta – It can treat depression, anxiety, diabetic, and chronic muscle or bone pain

Supplements:

  • Magnesium – Magnesium is a mineral that acts as a natural relaxant. Some indications of deficiency are: muscle tremors or spasm, muscle weakness, insomnia or nervousness, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, constipation, hyperactivity, depression. Magnesium’s role in supporting good sleep may also be quite important here, since many people with Parkinson’s experience poor sleep patterns.
  • Vitamin B12 – Researchers concluded that low B12 status may be a risk factor for greater morbidity in Parkinson’s, and efforts to prevent or correct the deficiency should be undertaken to possibly slow the onset of disability in Parkinson’s disease. (Christine C et al. Abstract S411. Presented at: American Neurological Association Annual Meeting 2015. September 27-29, 2015; Chicago.)
  • Vitamin D – Researchers report that there is a correlation between insufficient levels of vitamin D and the development of early Parkinson’s disease.
  • Omega 3 – The omega-3’s are anti-inflammatory which may be beneficial as neuro-inflammation is a feature of Parkinson’s. Mood problems are also a common feature and there has been a lot of research into the mood-boosting properties of the omega-3 essential fats. A small placebo-controlled pilot trial reported significantly greater improvement of depression in Parkinson’s patients treated with omega-3 fatty-acid supplementation versus placebo. The richest dietary source is from fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, trout, pilchards and anchovies.

 

 

Grateful

American Robin – Photo by Sherri Woodbridge

Grateful
for life –
this life
that is hard
not can be
nor will be
but
is
hard
and has been
and can be
and will be
so very hard –
but this life
I am thankful for this life.

Little things make it
worth the pain…

a smile when the day has been long
a hello when you’re feeling alone
a hand to help when you’re tired
a drink of cold water when you’re thirsty
a drop of rain on a warm day
some sunshine through the rain
a plate of cookies when you think you’ve been forgotten
a bouquet of flowers left on your doorstep
a remembrance of your favorite verse at just the right time
the sound of a child’s giggle
listening to a river rushing to the ocean
or a creek as it finds its way through the forest
the feeling when you finally finish
the excitement of being able to begin
the shapes and colors of every different rose
the thorns that protect each one
a caterpillar that waddles up a stem
curls up tight until emerging as a beautiful butterfly
a father playing with his children
a mother nurturing her own

Isn’t it interesting how life is so hard and yet, when you dwell on the good things, life isn’t so overwhelming, after all?