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  1. Good morning!!

    Good Morning World. Happy Canada Day to us Canadians, Matt, Canada Shakes, K-Man from Ottawa, Lady from Kitchener, Bev, Trevor,Alberta Girls, anyone else. Enjoy the Holiday. Our Michael J. Fox has been awarded the Order of Canada medallion for his acting career and more importantly for us; his work on behalf of Parkinsons. If you Americans run into him down there tell him to come home and get his medal. Emma, have a better day today. Everyone have a safe and happy day. Remember that smiling releases good chemicals into your bloodstream. I know it is corny, but I like watching Americas Funniest Videos. j
  2. Good morning!!

    Good morning everyone. I'm very sorry for your loss Peace, I have had horses put down and I have found them passed away. It sounds like your Max died in a peaceful manner. He certainly lived long but I know that his death still hurts your heart. I am sure that he had a good life with you and that you did all that you could for him over the years. I hope he finds himself in a big open meadow with lots of green grass and clear water holes with warm sunshine on his face. Be happy with your memories of Max today and always. Big hug for you Peace, jb
  3. Good morning!!

    good morning everyone, lost a post yesterday, running late today. hope everyone is capital g Good jb
  4. Good morning!!

    Good Morning Morning People, How are Today Em? The morning news on TV is using the words Hurricane and Ireland in the same sentence. I hope that you are battened down securely and Ophelia doesn''t amount to much. Hello Violet Lin. You are right. I can do lots of things still. And I really do appreciate that. But it gets more difficult to time my activities with my medication "on times. " I am sure that you too were used to accomplishing a long list of tasks each day. That is frustrating. and HI L-AngelCat. As I grow older, and faced problems in my own life, I have become much more humble and less judgmental of others. Yesterday we went to a local church to listen to a classical music presentation. The pianist was a young Russian Lady and she played 6 selections from different composers. After the intermission, she was joined by a string orchestra, (2 violins, 1 Viola, (whats the diff? I don't know), and a Cello). It was lovely and awe inspiring to listen to. Just beautiful. Mind you, it is a long sit for a Parky Man on a rock hard straight backed church pew. People behind me maybe thought I was dancing, doing the Twist. And now it is Monday morning. The house is cool this morning. It dropped to about 36 F last night outside. I still have lots to do outside. I think I better get the last of the tomatoes in to the freezer before they freeze on the vine. Dig more carrots, and stack up the pumpkins cause I like the look of stacked up pumpkins. mmm orange carrots, orange pumpkins.. maybe it is a colour thing. Dig more potatoes? Maybe I should organize a Parky Party and maybe Path Finder could make some pumpkin pies....from scratch. Dianne, How are you today.? Be safe today. enjoy your day. Grab the day and wring every bit of good stuff out of it that you can. jb
  5. Good morning!!

    Good morning Everyone, Dianne, ElleCat, and Violet Linda., What sweet comments you reply with. You are all too kind. My Mom is wonderful as was my Dad. I had lots of good role models in my Life, They reached levels of service to others that I will fall short of. I try though. We have had a real warm spell here of late. Yesterday I dug up some of the carrots from the garden. Lots of stems, they look really good but too many small carrots . However we canned the bigger ones as pickles and anything that is too small becomes tidbits for the horses. Peelings go to the laying hens. I also dug more potatoes and stacked another load of firewood onto the front porch. It is warm still but winter always gets here eventually. Some days, like yesterday, I never quite get over the hump and ride the wave of feeling somewhat normal. (Peace, it is like riding a horse at a bumpy little trot and it tries to break into a canter for a smoother ride. But it never quite gets up to that next speed). By days end it feels like a wore out a pair of shoes from the shuffle, and my body feels like I carried that Parkinson Demon, over my shoulder for every step of the day. Sometimes I can pop an extra couple of Levodopa pills, but Dyskinesia, one of the thugs that Hang out with Parkinson, usually is lurking in the shadows, ready to yank on my arms and twist me around. I am ok though. This afternoon we plan to go to town to listen to a classical music presentation put on by local musicians at the Anglican Church. It should be good. Have great days you all. Remember Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico and I better add California to the list as well. The best of everything to all you great people. jb
  6. Good morning!!

    Good morning everyone, Good morning Ginger LAD and Violet Linda, Thank you for the kind words. My sister Sue tells this story from long ago better than I do. Mom was cooking supper for a family group that was coming to her house. Alice had been sick that week and as supper cooked my Mom was making soup for her. Sue was trying to help Mom with cleaning up to make ready for the incoming company when she realised that Mom was going to Alice`s house up the road to deliver the soup. We better get cleaned up here Mom said my sister Sue. First I deliver this soup my Mom replied. Alice is a lot more important to me than Company finding my house in a bit of a mess. Kind acts that help others cannot be given a dollar value, but if they could, My Mother has given away a fortune in her lifetime.
  7. Good morning!!

    Good morning Everyone, Hi Ems. Linda, Shera...,. saw that you posted a hello, Ella, Dianne, Marcia, LAD and Peace and all the rest of you regulars and all you shy men who leave me to deal with all of these wonderful Ladies. ( tis no problem;) Hope you all have great days today. I went to a funeral yesterday. The Lady that passed away was a wonderful person. She grew up, taught school for about 40 years, much of that in one room schools. She never married but Alice was one of 9 kids that grew up on a farm not a mile from where I sit right now so she never lacked company and family dinners. My grand mothers family went to school with her family, at the same red brick school that I would later attend. Our families lived and worked together and on Sundays we went to the same church. Alice saw a lot of things first appear such as cars and airplanes and she was impressed by modern stuff . However she stuck with things that were basic like fried chicken and talking to people in person. Travelling on trains so she could see the scenery and picnics by the river. She lived about a mile up the road from our home for about 25 years before moving to a retirement place in town and was a very good friend with my Mom. They spent many hours together just talking. That was a tough funeral for Mom to attend. Alice was born in 1908 and lived to be 109 yrs old. RIP Alice! Take care everyone, jb
  8. Good morning!!

    Good Morning Emma, You have lots of good feelings an wise words coming your way to help you at this time of sadness Em. I hope that they all help you as you remember your friend. Hugs, jb
  9. Good morning!!

    Oooooh. I'm very sorry for your loss Em. Losing a friend is a sad thing. Big hug for you Emily. Did your friend live in Kilkenny? I will keep you and your friend in my thoughts. JB
  10. Good morning!!

    Good morning everyone. Hi Emms, how are things on the Emerald Isle today? Those little messages are great LAD. We used to brainstorm Parky slogans for T shirts here on the forum. We had a good time at my Sisters house for Thanksgiving. My sister, braver than a Pilgrim woman, sits about 50 people down in her house for the annual meal. Turkey and dressing. Ham. Mashed potatoes, squash, candied apples, salads with strange little seeds and rice and beans (coos coos?) cooked carrots. Desert is apple and pumpkin pies, cookies, butter tarts, pumpkin squares. It is all pretty tasty. This bit that follows was a reply that I made in the open forum. I thought I was in this young onset forum and some of it was aimed at this forum, so I copied it back over to here. Sorry for the confusion. Hello Super Scoop, I'm glad that we have another super hero on the forum. One can't have too many Super Heroes in their corner when the Evil Parkinsonaurus is on the prowl. Which Reminds me. Where is Super Lady Shera? And while I have your thread detoured a bit Mr. Super D Scooper, I need to ask Linda this: You like nicknames for everyone...how have you managed to stick with just plain Linda. Should we start a "Pick a name for Linda Campaign." Not that there is anything wrong with Linda. It is a lovely name and you wear it well. Okay Super Scoop, I will get back on topic. Back in 2007, when I still worked as a carpenter 50 hours a week, I was starting to encounter a bit of a problem with my right hand. It was not doing what the old brain was telling it to do by way of the nervous system and all those neurotransmitting cell towers that connected up the communication system between Motor control portion of my brain, and parts of my body that needed to move as requested. Or be still as requested. I had been treating it as you suggested Super De Cooper: I was ignoring it. I knew it was only a pinched nerve and it would eventually revert back to normal and I went to my doctor to confirm my assumption. Imagine my surprise when the good doctor did a few tests on my movement and said that I needed to see a neurologist and perhaps even a trip to a movement disorder clinic. And few months later it was confirmed. I had Parkinsons. When I started to review what this was all about and scrolled through typical symptoms, one thing that came up was that handwriting gets smaller and trails off. Which was exactly what was happening. Signing a stack of Christmas cards became a task. Filling out addresses on envelopes became a chore. I told them at the bank that my cheques may have a signature that looks like this or this or this.... If not careful, I could have trouble reading my own grocery lists. The problem with handwriting is that it is an act requiring fine motor control. If I was writing on a chalk board with big strokes powered by shoulder and arms, my writing is better than when doing finer strokes using more wrist and fingers. Try carrying a chalkboard through the bakery section at the grocery store. In conclusion, No one should let me perform any type of neuro surgery on your brain., don't look for Christmas cards from me in the mail, I'm glad that we have a journalist on the forum, I hope that you don't have Parkinsons SuperdeScooper, Linda is still Linda and that is fine with me, and I hope Shera is doing great but she should say hi once in awhile (maybe you have and I missed it), there are many others who should check in once in awhile, and I hope that you don't mind me yammering on in a straight circle on your well intentioned thread . Hope that you get the answers that you are seeking SuperdeScooper. All the best to you and everyone, jb And now I better get going. Lunch time is rolling around. It has been a very wet morning here as we get the tail end of Nate. You must of gotten the same rain Marcia. Then, with a short struggle, he pulled on his latex gliding suit and with a running leap, he began his descent from the snow capped peak. Twisting he steered himself between the twin spires of Chimney Rock, met up with a surprised looking Falcon as he glided past the Empire ledge. His web cam was switched on as he hurtled under the big rock bridge and the webbed suit strained as he flew like a flying squirrel. The desert floor was now giving up details to his eyesight and with great effort he cut to the right and torpedoed between two huge Redwood giants and pulled the chute strings and fluttered to a landing on a patch of green grass and he rolled to a perfect landing. have a good day, jb
  11. Handwriting changes

    Hello Super Scoop, I'm glad that we have another super hero on the forum. One can't have too many Super Heroes in their corner when the Evil Parkinsonaurus is on the prowl. Which Reminds me. Where is Super Lady Shera? And while I have your thread detoured a bit Mr. Super D Scooper, I need to ask Linda this: You like nicknames for everyone...how have you managed to stick with just plain Linda. Should we start a "Pick a name for Linda Campaign." Not that there is anything wrong with Linda. It is a lovely name and you wear it well. Okay Super Scoop, I will get back on topic. Back in 2007, when I still worked as a carpenter 50 hours a week, I was starting to encounter a bit of a problem with my right hand. It was not doing what the old brain was telling it to do by way of the nervous system and all those neurotransmitting cell towers that connected up the communication system between Motor control portion of my brain, and parts of my body that needed to move as requested. Or be still as requested. I had been treating it as you suggested Super De Cooper: I was ignoring it. I knew it was only a pinched nerve and it would eventually revert back to normal and I went to my doctor to confirm my assumption. Imagine my surprise when the good doctor did a few tests on my movement and said that I needed to see a neurologist and perhaps even a trip to a movement disorder clinic. And few months later it was confirmed. I had Parkinsons. When I started to review what this was all about and scrolled through typical symptoms, one thing that came up was that handwriting gets smaller and trails off. Which was exactly what was happening. Signing a stack of Christmas cards became a task. Filling out addresses on envelopes became a chore. I told them at the bank that my cheques may have a signature that looks like this or this or this.... If not careful, I could have trouble reading my own grocery lists. The problem with handwriting is that it is an act requiring fine motor control. If I was writing on a chalk board with big strokes powered by shoulder and arms, my writing is better than when doing finer strokes using more wrist and fingers. Try carrying a chalkboard through the bakery section at the grocery store. In conclusion, No one should let me perform any type of neuro surgery on your brain., don't look for Christmas cards from me in the mail, I'm glad that we have a journalist on the forum, I hope that you don't have Parkinsons SuperdeScooper, Linda is still Linda and that is fine with me, and I hope Shera is doing great but she should say hi once in awhile (maybe you have and I missed it), there are many others who should check in once in awhile, and I hope that you don't mind me yammering on in a straight circle on your well intentioned thread . Hope that you get the answers that you are seeking SuperdeScooper. All the best to you and everyone, jb
  12. Good morning!!

    Good morning World, This is Thanksgiving Weekend in Canada. It is a good time to be thankful for what we do have. I have lots to be grateful about. I may have Parkinsons and wish for certain things to be different but I can handle that situation. I am glad that my thinking is still clear enough to know that the things in Life that are most important to me are not valued in terms of dollars. My friendships with people, here on these pages where you all pop to life on my screen and offer up so many well wishes to me and each other rate very high on that list. My wife and family, old friends, digging a hill of nice fresh potatoes in the garden and watching the dog herd the cats, seeing blue jays eat the seeds from the sunflowers, sitting by the woodstove on a cool night and the list could go on. There are lots of good things each day. To enjoy the sunshine of each day though, sometimes we need to position ourselves beyond the Shadow cast by that Mr. P. Best wishes to fellow Canadians this weekend, be safe on the roads driving , and to everyone here, good blessings to you all. jb
  13. Just Diagnosed

    Good morning M2Boys, I've travelled this trail. 1. Keep in touch with LAD above. She could be a wonderful guide for you. 2. Requip is an agonist and there is much to find out about that class of drugs. 3. Be very careful with Requip in your system. I was on it for about three years a long time ago. I have fallen asleep with a hot tea cup in my hands, listening to someone tell me something and driving was not safe when I look back upon those days.. It doesn't affect everyone the same but I think it was not a good choice for me. Be strong, yoga is good for lots of things. Stay positive. All the best to you, jb
  14. Good morning!!

    Good Morning to alll. Linda that is a cute little fox creature video, I have never seen such a creature before. And my neighbour kept the kittens at his farm until they were big enough to come to my barn. They were my kittens from the get go. LAD your cat likes the camera methinks. Ella, Kitties may be kitties but when Marco is balanced on three legs to pee, he is not very happy about being rushed upon by Toby and Keith. The look in Marcos eyes switches from love to sly quite easily Dianne, Today he tried to dig under the chicken pen's bottom rail to get some old bread I had just thrown in for the chickens. Just another day on the farm,,, Thank you for the kind words about the penny story. Hang on to that penny Peace. Have a Safe trip Twitch. Good days to everyone. jb. right you are EllaCat, LAD, that is a beautiful bracelet.
  15. Good morning!!

    Good morning everyone, Nobody makes lemonade out of lemons like Dianne does. Bless you Dianne and I hope you are feeling better. LAD, your family loves you well. Your sons sound wonderful and it must be a very nice feeling to have them attentive to your moments when you need a hug. Peace, that is nice that you can look at that less than perfect un round Canadian penny and think of me!! What did you do to that poor penny?.You didn't put it on the train tracks and saw it get squarshed did you? I'm just joking of course. That is a cute story you shared. I am sure that it was in good shape when it left the mint and Canada. It is still worth one cent Peace but in Canada, pennies are out of circulation and transactions involving cash are rounded up or down to the nearest nickel. It isn't a 1958 penny is it? Probably it has maple leaves on the one side and the queen on the other.. The bank still takes them back at face value but they have to be rolled up. Oh Unround Penny, what roads have you travelled? It may of fallen from a pocket of a Canadian tourist who travelled to Nashville to see Reba in concert. Some kid picked it up and had enough to buy some penny candy. When the clerk counted the change that night and made up the days deposit, he realized that he didn't have enough money to pay the wholesaler next day as promised. In despair and needing dental work done on his aging and sometimes achy teeth, he saw that there was an odd Canadian penny in his hand and he threw it in disgust out the door where it rolled to the gutter., I shouldn't have done that he sighed, every penny counts these days. Out the door he walked to pick up that strange Canadian penny . Why do I bother he wondered as he searched the dirt for that coin. Just then a blast erupted and the ancient gas fired gum drop candy oven blew up. Wow, I had been sitting right beside that old machine before I came looking for you and he picked up the coin from the dust as the sound of fire engines came to his ears. That strange Canadian penny was all that was left of that days receipts he realized. But the next day the insurance agent appeared and gave him a huge cheque to cover the loss of his business which in fact was over insured for some reason for three times what it should of been worth. Also it had been a money losing venture everyone of the 15 years he operated it. As fate would have it, the burnt out site was now vacant and two months later he put another huge cheque, signed by a Canadian lady named Twain, in his pocket for the sale of the property. Now, with a lighter step, he packed up his car with his wife and two kids, and said goodbye to Nashville. He was going back to Texas, bankrolled with his insurance settlement, the property sale money and deep in his pocket, a funny looking Canadian penny. His lucky penny! Yes, he was going to go back to Amarillo to take over his Uncles piano tuning business. I hope you all have a lucky day. Thanks Peace, happy trails to you jb
  16. Good morning!!

    Good morning everyone. Hi Em, yes, all is well here. VV busy. Weekend activities, getting ready for winter, family stuff, cleaning up the garden, dogs and cats ah. the list goes on my friend. Hello Dianne. Yes. Marco has many looks in his eyes. He is a character. I am happy to report that he is pushing back against the cats. He has a new voice, a very excited bark. That means he has the cats holed up under the car and he is running circles around the car keeping them penned in. He also gets very excited when a cat finds itself inside of the chicken run. I saw the fox running through the horse field yesterday. The Sly Red Fox is not welcome around the chickens. I am very sorry about the shooting in Vegas. It is beyond my little mind how anyone could do that in such a cold manner with no respect to the laws of society and the morals of human civilization. I want to thank each and everyone who post or read this thread. You have been good friends to me over the years. Have good days today, be brave, be safe, and enjoy your day. All the best to you all ...jb. , group hug!
  17. Good morning!!

    Here are some pictures I hope. THE PLAYERS, Marco, 3 year old rescue dog. Rat Terrier mixture of brains and devotion. Great housedog, loves the outside, comes when called, will chase big dogs out of the yard if he feels like it, but really loves to play with any dogs. Stays off the road, loves to ride in the car, on the ATV or walk to the woods. He is shy of some people, but unafraid to run among the horses. He can go a long time in the house without leaking, full of enthusiasm and loves to lie on the couch with you and fall asleep watching tv. Loves his corner crust of peanut butter in the morning. Toby, 4 month old cat. I'm not a big fan of cats, but we do have too many chipmunks an such running wild this year. This kitten, for a barn cat has been handled a lot and is quite gentle. The grandboys will love this cat. If I were a cave man and cats were not domesticated yet, Toby would be the one seeking food and wanting to feel the heat from the fire and part of the inner circle. Keith., He is the hit man of the two. The enforcer. Toby is the planner and Keith does the Hit. Keith hunts for mice and works out. If the cats ever attack me, it will be Keith chewing on my ankles. Keith purrs like his sister, wants to be a good cat, eat from my hand and be cuddled but is hesitant to trust a hand stroking his fur. I have not picked up this cat yet, and when I do, for sure I will have cat gloves on and a bag of my blood type on hand. Keith would be the pair of eyes reflecting the firelight back to the cave from the darkness of the outer ring. http:// http://http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x425/jaybee49/april foll/P11309http://http://
  18. Good morning!!

    Good Morning, Another lovely day is being delivered to us here in Southern Ontario. Also being delivered in Toronto, 100 miles to the west of me is a speech by your X President Oboma to some business group today and a book tour by Hillary Clinton. Lad on Tour, your pictures look great. I have never been to Europe but the buildings, and bridges, all look amazing to me. And the age of some of these structures add special appeal to them. Cat trouble has surfaced! Our little dog Marco has to find his braver inner self. He liked the cats at first but they wouldn't play dog tag with him. He loves to run with other dogs around and around the yard just chasing their tails. He tried his best to teach the two new cats which are only about 5 months old, born at my neighbours farm., how to play the game but they just stretched out on the driveway or lawn and turned a cold shoulder to him and his invitations to play. Marco tried for a few days to teach the game to the cats but he just didn't get any respect. Yesterday, the cats altered the rules and their version of tag is more like "Lets Ambush that Little Dog when He Least expects It" Poor Marco will be outside minding his own business, and the sneaky cats will pounce at him and scare him into tomorrow. He was scared to go out last night before bedtime for fear of catambush. I am hoping that he will give the cats a lesson today and get some respect from them before the neighbour dogs see that Marco gets bullied by cats. That would embarrass him badly I think. Hope everyone has a good day. jb
  19. Good morning!!

    Good morning, It is a beautiful day out here today, back to seasonal temperatures. We were stuck on 90 degrees with humidity over the weekend. Whew , too hot for me! Thank you Linda, EllaCat, Dianne, and Lad on tour, Marcia, Em, and everyone else who pick up my day when I get tired. REALLY MEAN IT, THANK YOU. mrs Path Finder.. How are the apple pies coming. I just pulled a dozen muffins out of my oven. New recipe, pineapple with sour cream and cream cheese in the mix. Hey, this does not need to be in bold print. I could not wait any longer, barely cool enough to eat, I can tell you that they taste good. My neighbour couple just dropped off a nice big potted mum. they are so nice, He was my school principal for grade 7 and 8. The 6 oclock news is full of nasty things but there are a lot of wonderful people in the world. I better get going outside. Two new cats are in the barn and I am sure that they await for me and the cat food that will follow. Have a good day everyone. jb
  20. Good morning!!

    Good morning everyone, Thanks to all the well wishers here who listened to me and responded with positive tones. I didn't really mean to be complaining, But putting things down in type helps me to accept the new realities of life with Parkinsons and helps me, no, it is more like forces me to accept the fact that my physical being is changing and I need to prepare for what faces me down the road. I should be more positive. My grandson Tommy and his team lost the hockey game in Peterborough. He brightly told me that 8 to zero wasn't that bad. That team is the best in the league and they usually score more than that. Ha! there is some looking at the bright side. Have a good Saturday everyone. Remember wet Houston, blown to tatters Carribean, displaced people all over the world, people fighting forest fires in Western Canada and the USA, soggy Floridians and that is a lot of thinking so I will quit there. Be safe, be thankful. jb
  21. Good morning!!

    Good Morning Friends, It is Friday again, another week has escaped my grasp. The days seem full, lots to do. Or at least I feel really busy. I know that I am spinning my tires, going in circles, and trying to do things that I shouldn't be doing. But that is me. I have to get more firewood ready to burn Linda.. I wait for my brothers help to do that now. The garden I can still handle, but next year I think it will shrink in size. I find that I can not get everything done during my "on times" and I have to step back and look at things. Maybe change my expectations. I have hopes for DBS but I know that it won't transport me back to the days when I could work hard all day with lots of good achievements. I should delete this, I never added much to this forum this week in terms of positive attitude. This post is intended as being realistic, but I find that it is maybe a bit down. I didn't really intend that. I am very grateful for that which I can do. Like this afternoon, we are going to Peterborough to see my Grandson play hockey this evening. It is a pretty town and I think my wife will enjoy looking around before we head to the arena. I am ok. Have a good weekend everyone! be safe, jb
  22. Good morning!!

    no one was hurt at all. He must of been almost stopped. I usually check my mirror before I stop. Oh, I did, no one there. I remember that now. There was a bit of a hill that he would of been behind. I sat there for the full cycle of red light. During that time he would of come into view in my mirror and eventually roll into my back bumper. But what difference would it of made any ways. ..? LAD, kids are very savvy and resourceful. Just think about having fun! Avoiding the hurricanes Linda? Good days to all. jb
  23. Good morning!!

    HI everyone, Nice to hear from you Marcia. You won't miss filling up a big travel home with gas at least. Well Dianne, how did the purple colouring go.? Hi Ell, LAD, EM, Mrcl. Skr... hope everyone had great weekends. Linda, how are things on the coast. Tom, you are right. Credit cards can save the day, but they always need to be repaid. And the interest charges are very high. It has been a busy week. Tuesday we got run in to from behind while we sat stopped in our car at traffic lights. A young kid, very apologetic bumped into us from behind. I had to deal with getting quotations for repairing my car and settling that. Early Friday morning we went to the train station and rode the rails to Toronto, followed by a quick 3 subway stops, a transfer above ground to a streetcar and were soon at Toronto Western Hospital for my first appointment with the dbs clinic. It was quite a thorough 2 hr. appointment starting with a younger neurologist who put me through all the little motor control tests that everybody here likely has done already. That was followed by another interview with a more senior doctor who outlined the process a bit further. It will take a few appointments and assessments before they decide whether I am a good candidate for surgery. I hope it all works out. It was incredibly warm here this weekend for the middle of September. I hope it stays this way for awhile. You are right Marcia, one can't have too many friends. Good days to all jb
  24. Good morning!!

    Good Monday Morning. Thanks for all the emotional support that you Ladies deal out to me. You are all very kind to me as I lay out my doubts for the world to see. As positive and forward thinkers, you watch out for those that need a kind word and you are quick with advice and encouragement. I realize the quandry that I present to people. I know that the general population where I live want me to say that I am feeling good when they enquire as to my status. Nobody really wants to hear the downside. I understand that. But if people believe my answer that I am doing fine, that makes my reply misleading and dishonest. So I think that I will stay positive in my thoughts and attitude, honest in my answers to those who ask how I am and reconcile myself to how I am and what I can do. I must say though that when I answer with "I am going to Toronto to have electrodes implanted into my brain, it gets their attention. LAD, it is good that you have three sons, a husband and parents to care for. You don't have time for downtime. Actually, all of you watch out for others and never do you complain for yourselves. That is what makes you all so sweet! Well, it looks like Irma is running out of gas. What a storm! What about Houston? They were front and centre on all our news channels, then wham, onto the next calamity which was Irma. Even the 16th anniversary of 9/11 where 3 thousand people lost their lives, gets tucked into the news a little deeper. Dianne, I hope that your Daughter will come visit you. Maybe it will be memories of Casey that could draw her closer to you. I hope that the opportunity presents itself in the next 10 days for some reconciliation. I hope that I am not being Nosey, ok, I am. I just think that you both would be happier if you could be closer in your thoughts. Well, I better get at the day. Where do the dust bunnys under the furniture come from? I hope that the Canadians stranded in the Caribbean islands stop crying for the Canadian government to send airplanes to bring them back. The risk was there when you went, suck it up, help the locals, the airplanes will start again soon. Have good days everyone.. jb
  25. Good morning!!

    Good morning Tom, Ella, Linda and everyone else. How are you doing Dianne, Emma what is going on in Ireland these days. Marco is a small dog, very defined in muscles and a short coat which doesn't shed much luckily. He is a solid tan colour and runs in leaps and bounds. He loves running with big dogs playing dog tag, or whatever they call that game. He likes to chase the chickens but respects the fact that those girls are not easily chased and have sharp toenails and beaks. I will have to take time someday to load some photos into the bucket and post them. I had an MRI done at the local hospital this week. I picked up the CD yesterday and will take it to Toronto next Friday at the Hospital where the DBS surgery takes place for an initial visit with the surgeon. Wow, that would be great if I could have better control over my off times. I often meet people in town that say Hey John, you look great. I try to explain to them, that yes I do feel good this hour, that is why I am now in town, driving around shopping. But, my explanation goes on to them, you should of seen me an hour ago trying to tie up my shoe laces and in about another 15 minutes I will feel the trembles coming back, and like Cinderfella, I must get home before the clock strikes "your system is out of levodopa o'clock." I think when I am "on" I look quite normal and I am in the yard or in town doing what has to be done and people likely think, "That guy should be at work! Nothing wrong with him. Lazy he is..". But that time period of feeling good enough to do stuff is becoming a smaller percentage of my time every day. But I tire of trying to explain that hidden part of my day to non parkies who have trouble understanding on and off periods of Levodopa. And that is my story of the day. And my "poor me story" would fall upon deaf ears in the refugee camps of Europe, the flooded monsoon rained upon ravaged areas of Asia, the starving people in tent cities of Africa, the flooded victims sheltered in Houston, and in Florida where Irma approaches like the neighbourhood bully loaded down with water balloons and a bad attitude. Ah, have good weekends everyone. jb
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