Parkinson’s Skin Issues

Next to fatigue, this PD symptom really stinks. The best way that I can describe it is creepy-crawly. It’s almost as if you sat down on an ant hill. Until today, I honestly thought it had something to do with allergies or something similar.
I went to the PD forum on APA.org as I often do and looked it up. It even has a funky name. ‘Formication’. Those of us in the forum made jokes about how it’s one letter off from ‘fornication’. Two ENTIRELY different definitions! At least we can laugh about it, right? It seemed that most of us with young onset PD have the most trouble with it.
Being that I never expected it to be related to PD, I’ve tried everything- new bath items, moisturizers, pills- you name it. Apparently, Cetaphil is the go to in the group for moisturizing. Regardless, my back, arms, and legs have been in a constant state of ‘itchy’ for weeks. It’s quite unnerving.
No one wants to be out in public looking for a wall corner to scratch their back on! Plus, the hubs is tired of me saying, ‘Can you scratch my back? I can’t reach this spot.’
I really do try not to blame everything that occurs in my messed up body to PD. I try not to be a complainer. But, this symptom is simply awful. So, I will offer it up in prayer and continue to search for remedies. I do stay well hydrated and don’t take overly hot showers. The forum is awesome for looking up new, obscure symptoms. I’m jealous that many of the folks there have really good neurologists. Mine isn’t great, but he’s the only one in close proximity.
I will try the Cetaphil and see if it helps.

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Painting With Parkinson’s

I’ll be honest. There was a time here recently that I was giving up. My body wasn’t cooperating. My mind was following its lead. I was depressed and fed up. Nothing was making me happy. The things I wanted to do I couldn’t. I certainly didn’t want to do nothing. I started letting my mind wander to all the things I have never accomplished. Basically, I had a full-on pity party.

Then, I got a text from my mom, showing me an embroidery piece she’d done. Then, another. Mom, with her more advanced Parkinson’s was sewing! It wasn’t like I forced myself to tell her it was nice. It WAS nice. She did a great job. I got me thinking.

When my husband & son decided to pop into Hobby Lobby, I went to. I went up and down aisles. Shaking my head and doubting myself, I ended up in the painting aisle. Now, I am not artistic. I’m not even kind of crafty. But, they had this guided painting kit. It was on sale for under $10 so I thought, ok. I’m going to try.

I brought it home and realized that the instructions were daunting. But, 2 weeks later, I had finished an adorable likeness of 2 puppies. My husband and son, though still skeptical, told me it wasn’t half bad. Ok, I’ll take it.
The next time I bought a kit, I went a level higher to challenge myself a little more. Now, I’ve almost finished that one and have set a long-term goal of painting a picture for my sister’s new house.

I noticed some other changes too. I have been filling idle time with painting. I also pray while I’m painting and just enjoy talking, inwardly to the Lord. I also haven’t dropped anything in several weeks. I was usually good for 2-3 cups a day, etc. No more dropping. Less type-o’s too.

I’m grateful that the Lord found me a hobby and I am grateful to my mom for pushing through.

#Sponsored Get Ready For ‘Back-to-School’ With Dr. Plotka!


It seems like yesterday that we were all planning Summer activities and breaking out the tank tops. Now, everywhere you go there are reminders that school starts- soon! My sister, a teacher in Alabama, goes back early in August and we’re set to begin here at home within 4 weeks! I’ve even seen a display of *gasp* Halloween candy! Anyone raising children knows how quickly 3 short, summer months go by.

We also know that the best way to get back into school is routine, routine, routine. I’m sure you have your own checklist of things to buy, borrow, or find. We certainly do! But, considering that dentists recommend getting a new brush every 3 months, the start of school is the perfect time to do it. (If you’re past that 3 month mark, don’t be too hard yourself. We all forget!)

But, don’t just buy any toothbrush. Make a conscious choice, this school year, to earn those better dental check-ups. My family has been using Dr. Plotka’s brushes for quite some time now. I can say, for fact, that they have made a difference. I won’t ever endorse a product that I haven’t used AND believe in. This product, this company, makes a difference. Need some convincing?
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FLOSSING BRISTLES™ – Dual-layered bristle structure provides superior cleaning: the inner bristles, thin as a human hair, gently brush away food and plaque in places other brushes miss while the outer thicker bristles ensure complete cleaning of gum and teeth.

SOFT LONG LASTING POLYESTER BRISTLES – Get up to one extra month worth of use thanks to the polyester better bending properties than nylon, used in most brushes on the market! (The ADA recommends changing your toothbrush every 3 months. The Doctor Plotka’s brush will last about 4!)

Dentist Developed – Dr. Ronald Plotka designed this innovative toothbrush as part of his thriving 40+ year Boston-based dental practice.

That’s impressive, right? It’s not just ‘lip’ service either. My 15-year-old son’s last SIX dental visits have been cavity-free. Zero. Some of the most beautiful words ever spoken are: ‘You have no cavities!’ It makes me proud that I am doing something good as a caregiver. In today’s world, we need all the positive reinforcement that we can get!

Before switching brushes, he had cavities. There were at least one a year to a year and a half. He goes every 6 months as suggested, so that means 6 visits- 3 years- of no cavities. It’s better for his mouth, health, and our finances! Dr. Plotka’s brushes simply clean better than ordinary brushes. They’re worth every penny.

My husband & I have both been using them too. He’s had no more tooth pain and gum issues. My gum issues are a thing of the past. Try them. What have you got to lose? You have a lot to gain. Get ready to have the best school year ever featuring a winning smile!

I received the aforementioned product in exchange for a review. All opinions are mine. 

Winds of Change Part 2

Since his back injury didn’t seem to be lessening, we found an open MRI and went. I have been preaching to him about taking one day at a time. This was the biggest step we’d taken so far. He should’ve had an MRI years ago, but, due to a number of things including stubbornness, he didn’t.

The imaging center was nice and it took under 15 minutes for him to be done. I hadn’t really decided on why it was I went along. He’s a big boy and didn’t need me for anything, really. But, I went and kept him company for the 40 minute ride. While he was in the back, a harried looking mom came in with 2 small children. One of them, the son, couldn’t seem to take even a shallow breath. His coughing was deafening.

I looked up at one point from my Kindle. Now to preface, I am a total germaphobe. I don’t touch door handles or use any public bathrooms. However, when I looked up, it wasn’t in condemnation. I smiled at her. She profusely apologized and stated that she’d keep him on the other side of the room. Trying to lessen her guilt, I told her not to worry and it was okay.

She then explained that William was asthmatic and the pediatrician several floors down sent him directly to XRay after hearing the cough. Poor William couldn’t sleep for the past 4 days. It looked like Mom hadn’t either. Again, I told her it was okay. No worries. She then expressed her fear of pneumonia. I told her our oldest also had many bout of it, but it didn’t sound like pneumonia to me. She seemed to exhale at that point as if she’d held her breath until someone told her to stop.

As a mom, I wanted to calm her fears. She seemed devoted to her kids as if they were the only two people in the world. William was quickly called back. A short time later they emerged and she smiled and said ‘thank you’. I told her I’d pray for her and she looked relived. She said that was sweet and out the door they went. I’ll likely never see them again. I pray for William still.

Back to the husband, after leaving the MRI facility, we’d assumed that the results would indeed be ready in 24 hours as promised. The next day, the doctor said they hadn’t received them. The center assured us that they’d faxed them. Back and forth it went, finally, the center relented and resent them. Two days later the doctor called.

She was noticeably irritated that he’d gone to a center recommended by his insurance instead of the one she was associated with. Too bad, I thought. Regardless, we picked one he was comfortable with instead of the one she was comfortable with. She told him the news was not good.

She began hurling around ‘doctor speak’, basically scaring him. What few things we caught were: arthritis, ruptured discs, fluid build-up, and one disc disintegrated. Other than that, we got confused. I called again the next day, however; the couldn’t seem to find the results again (sigh) and she was at the hospital.

Regardless, the lady from the spine center called, having remembered that he was having his MRI that week. What a sweetheart! She offered to help point him in the right direction as all his doctor said was ‘Call a neurosurgeon.’ So, we will be listening to Natasha, from the spine place, and are ready for step 3, per se.

Currently, he is feeling a great deal better, even walking straight. God is on the Throne and we’re following His lead.

Winds of Change

No doubt, no one’s life is without change. This month, however, we’ve been in the midst of some mind-blowing changes. My husband has always had a bad back. I’ve known about it since we met almost 20 years ago. It has ‘gone out’ in the past. Usually, he rebounds within a week. Last year, when neck pain began, we sought a doctor’s opinion.

They called it a type of degeneration of the vertebrae in the neck. He was put on a brief stint of steroids, NSAIDs, & supplements. Things have been decent for him for a while. That is until about 2 weeks ago. We’ve had brief days of snow here. One particular day, we got almost 6 inches. He went to plow & salt a parking lot, slipped, and jarred his back. Calling home soon after, he told me, his back went out & he was hunched over.
I knew he hurt. I didn’t know how badly. He started to improve within a few days. Unfortunately, it didn’t last.

One night, I fell out of bed, face first. As I tried to get back into the bed, impeded by a 60 lb dog hogging the blanket, he got out of bed and in a freak accident, fell over me. I’d been sort of kneeling so he tripped and fell right over top of me. It hurt us both. What was the worst, was that he’d tried at the last minute to prevent the fall, forcing his back & sides to tense up.

Immediately, he was in agony. Nothing worked. No pain relievers, heat, cold, nothing. Since then, he hasn’t improved. I am on disability. He has always been the strong, super hero. Rock climbing, running with the dog, former military. I never imagined he may not be able to work. He is a contractor. His back/spine controls almost every single thing he does.

Now, we have a MRI scheduled for the 15th. I spent an hour on the phone with the Laser Spine Institute. We’re considering our options. But, he’s been saying (a lot) lately, that he may not be able to continue working. Today, our son went to work with him after his school duties were finished. How much longer he’ll be able to hold out, I don’t know.

But, I have been spending a lot of time in prayer. I’m seeking God’s guidance in every move. We would certainly have to eliminate some spending. My disability checks are a joke, if we’re being honest. They’re not even a 1/4 of what I was making working. But, I know God has kept us from every losing our home, delivered healings, pulled off the unthinkable. I’ve seen today miracles and know of Biblical ones.

Some how, this is going to work out. I have a peace I cannot explain. Will he continue working? Will we both be on disability? I can’t say yet. But, I’m buckled up, holding Jesus’ hand, and waiting to find out.

A Healthier Smile For 2018

A new start to a new year is time for new toothbrushes!

Every one of us has heard about the importance of dental health. From preschool through adulthood, we’re told how to brush, floss, etc. But, do we really pay attention to the type of brush we use? Now, I don’t mean manual versus power. But, the difference in the bristles.
Before trying Dr. Plotka’s brushes, we were guilty of complacency, too. Whatever brush was fine. We barely noticed if the pack said ‘soft’ or not and when it came right down to it, any dollar store brush would do. That all changed with Mouthwatchers.

We’ve noticed a significant difference in our dental care. Our youngest son’s last check-up was cavity-free. My husband no longer has pain along the gumline and with ‘problem tooth’ areas. As for me, I wear a partial, so I noticed the gentler feel on my actual gums. Plus, I know for sure that the Mouthwatchers brushes are doing a much better job removing debris and plaque. As a family, our teeth feel and look better.

I’m certainly no dental expert. I would never give any sort of dental/medical advice. Always use your own judgment and rely on your own dental experts’ opinions. However, I know what works for my family. I’m positive that these toothbrushes made a difference to us.

I expected them to be pricey. For the benefits we’ve received, I was willing to pay a little extra. I was floored when I saw that they are pretty much the same price as the other toothbrushes being sold. More benefits without more money? There’s something we don’t see much of nowadays. But, it’s true! As a mom and the primary shopper for the household, I’m thrilled. I don’t have to allot more to the dental care budget and I can feel good about the brushes my family uses.

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NATURALLY ANTIMICROBIAL* BRISTLES For Better Health – Infused with silver to naturally eliminate 99.9% of bacteria that grows on the bristles between uses, this innovative tool is always clean and ready for the next use! Doctor Plotka’s™ helps achieve better overall health by not reintroducing harmful bacteria into your mouth and body.

Dentist Developed – Dr. Ronald Plotka designed this innovative toothbrush as part of his thriving 40+ year Boston-based dental practice. Its technology has helped hundreds of his patients prevent cavities and achieve better oral health.

LONG LASTING POLYESTER BRISTLES – You’ll get up to one extra month worth of use thanks to the polyester bending and upgraded properties. (The ADA – American Dental Association- recommend changing your toothbrush every 3 months. The Doctor Plotka’s brush will last about 4!)

FLOSSING BRISTLES™ – Revolutionary, dual-layered bristle structure provides superior cleaning: the outer bristles, thin as a human hair, gently brush away food and plaque in places other brushes miss! Getting deep down the groves, this toothbrush cleans where 90% of cavities form! With thicker inner bristles, you’ll get a complete cleaning of the teeth and gums every time.
Toothbrushes come in Manual and Power, available in Adult, Youth and Travel sizes and range in price from $4.99 to $24.99 for the power pack.

Amazing bushes. Amazing price. Amazing company. Forgive the cliché, but that’s
something to smile about.
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DVD Spotlight: ‘Sweatin’ to the Oldies: 30th Anniversary Addition”

SYNOPSIS:FAIRFAX, VA — For thirty years, the inimitable Richard Simmons has been helping people lose weight (more than 3,000,000 pounds and counting) and get healthy with his unique enthusiasm, charm and encouragement.  Since opening his first aerobics studio in Beverly Hills in 1974, he has cemented himself in America’s pop-culture psyche with 65 fitness videos (selling over 20 million copies), dozens of infomercials, nine best-selling books, myriad parodies of his over-the-top persona, and seemingly endless TV and film appearances.  And, on October 31, Time Life celebrates the iconic weight loss guru with a landmark DVD release: RICHARD SIMMONS: SWEATIN’ TO THE OLDIES: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION.  The set will be available for $39.95srp, exclusively from Amazon.com.

“So many sparkly tank tops – so many memories.”
— Richard Simmons

The energetic 6-disc set includes the complete collection of Simmons’ best-selling Sweatin’ to the Oldies workout programs.  Pairing lively classics from the ’50s and ’60s with rockin’ low impact routines and Simmons’ humorous banter, encouragement and sparkly tank tops, SWEATIN’ TO THE OLDIES: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION offers fun for the entire family.  Across five discs, home exercisers will find forty-one exercise routines set to rock n’ roll classics such as “It’s My Party,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Gimme Some Lovin’,” “Oh, Pretty Woman,” and more.

Loaded with extras, this special anniversary set also includes 100 minutes of bonus programming featuring an exclusive interview with Richard, testimonials and success stories from Simmons’  students, a full-color 20-page album of rare personal photos and memories personally selected by Richard and a bonus disc of “Love Yourself and Win — Six Steps to Self-Esteem & Permanent Weight Loss.”

Says Simmons’ “I can’t believe it has been 30 years since the beginning! For the first time ever, I have compiled the complete “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” collection…It’s the original and still the best way to get your heart racing and your blood pumping!”

Delivering a serious message with his trademark humor, Simmons has helped millions of overweight men and women lose millions of pounds by adopting sensible balanced eating programs and exercise regimes that are energetic, fun and motivating.  And, since the early ’70s, when he established his innovative weight loss facility where the overweight of the world were welcome with open arms, Simmons has become a pop culture fixture with numerous local and national television and radio appearances including a four-year run on “General Hospital,” followed by his own nationally syndicated, Emmy Award-winning series, “The Richard Simmons Show.”

With the overstuffed holidays coming potentially adding on unwanted pounds, there’s never been a better time to become re-acquainted with one of the best-selling home entertainment fitness series in history with RICHARD SIMMONS: SWEATIN’ TO THE OLDIES: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION.

MY THOUGHTS: My mom & I were always big fans of Richard Simmons. From the ‘Deal-A-Meal’ Program to ‘Sweatin’ To The Oldies’, we’ve made weight loss a priority with Richard. Besides his shining smile and award-winning personality, what always stuck with me was how sincere he came across. Every guest, every participant received his 100% attention and he was never afraid to reach out to hug people. His loving guidance is what sets Richard apart from the countless fitness instructors that have come along.

He never put his name on anything that didn’t work. Committing to helping people was his goal and not just his job. He had fun, that’s for sure, but it was always with a purpose. He endured the ribbing from comedians and imitators for a greater good. I wonder how many of them are platinum-selling stars? No matter how many how-to videos you purchase, it’s impossible to have MORE fun than you do when you’re ‘Sweatin’ to the Oldies’. These DVDs are simply timeless. You will get a great workout. You will have fun and you will never forget Richard Simmons.

Thankfully, Time Life has offered all 6 DVDs in one awesome collection so that a whole new generation can experience his unique, effective workouts. Thank you, Richard Simmons, for all you’ve done for all your fans!

About Time Life
Time Life is one of the world’s pre-eminent creators and direct marketers of unique music and video/DVD products, specializing in distinctive multi-media collections that evoke memories of yesterday, capture the spirit of today, and can be enjoyed for a lifetime. TIME LIFE and the TIME LIFE logo are registered trademarks of Time Warner Inc. and affiliated companies used under license by Direct Holdings Americas Inc., which is not affiliated with Time Warner Inc. or Time Inc.
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