imageIn celebration of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, “author Alasdair Gardner has written a short story entitled Morning Chemical Assault about an army soldier in Iraq who is diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and his struggle to accept the diagnosis— a short, easy read but provocative in its implications for a modern, aging society.”

Also, the book, “Parkinson’s First Hero: King David”, highlighted here, can be found for just $.99 at Amazon or, FREE on April 30th to wrap up Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

Also,  if you liked  Voyles’ (author of the King David) book, you may be interested in his first book Midnight in Florence ($.99 at Amazon). “It is seemingly a travelogue historical fiction but the underlying theme is a retrospective look at lives of notables (the Medici and Saint Francis) who succeeded in spite of health issues.. not dissimilar to PD.” (Info via Dr. Voyles)


Cleaning the Shower with Parkinson’s Disease

imageWell, yesterday I wrote about being in the process of reorganizing my life. You might say, “What do you want to do that for? Just live now. After all, you do have PD and by the time you actually do get organized, you may have wasted precious time.”

Perhaps. But, for me, I’m finding that the more organized I become, the better quality of life I am experiencing.

So, in my endeavors, I have made a new resolution to go green in my cleaning. I was raised on bleach, Ajax, and ammonia for cleaning around the house. Each year I have gotten a tad bit more aggressive with my cleaning solutions, believing they will ward of infectious and dangerous diseases, illnesses, and cooties. And their potency as the fumes suck up the remainder of my brain cells seems to get stronger as well.

The other day I was washing the shower. I had my trusty supplies. A sponge, my precious bottle of bleach, Pine Sol, and an almost empty bottle of Ajax. I was armed and ready. Now, my neurologist has repeatedly assured me, upon my multiple inquiries, that I did not get Parkinson’s from cleaning the bathroon in this way.

So, I sprayed the shower walls with a bleach and water mixture and then began scrubbing them. Every crevice, every crack, every corner. Clean, clean, clean. My eyes began to water. Then they began to sting. Then they burned and I was practically crying they were weeping so profusely.

Then it hit me.

I can’t smell this stuff.

If you have Parkinson’s disease, you know first hand or are aware that your sense of smell is affected. Well, here I was cleanign the shower with some high potent cleaning solutions and practically dying and not knowing it.

Needless to say, it terrified me. In a good way.

So, that night I Googled bleach versus vinegar and you know what (maybe you do, but I drag my feet when it comes to new things in the cleaning department), bleach is highly over-rated and vinegar is highly under-rated. There is, naturally, a debate between the two being the better cleaner, but here is what I know…

After reading up on vinegar, I decided to try a popular solution for cleaning showers that has been ciruclating as nothing less than a magnificent substitute. You use one cup of boiling vinegar and add one cup of blue Dawn dishwasing liquid, mixed together in a spray bottle. Spray it on. This is where the directions differ. Some say leave it for a half hour and then rinse. Some say to rinse right away. I ran a sponge over the interior of the shower after covering the walls and and then rinsed right away. My shower has never been so squeaky clean and I could breath through the entire process without sticking my nose up to the window screen and gasping for air every thirty seconds and watching brain cells float away as I exhaled.

What’s this got to do with PD? You need all the brain power you’ve got. Switch to green cleaning. Also, it’s so much easier on the body and for those who have mobility issues to just be able to use a spray bottle and rinse. Pure genius.