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Linda Garren

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  1. Bill, I hope your experience with Trazodone continues to be a positive one for you. I have had the same experience as you as far as it being hard to get a good night's sleep at times. In addition to what I've already posted previously, something that I forgot to mention that has been one of the most helpful things is using a heating pad on the lowest setting on my lower back at night. Often I'll wake up in exactly the same position as I did when I went to bed (on my back) when I use the heating pad. It's not recommended to lay on the pad, but I decided that I would take the (measured) risk since not getting sleep felt worse to me. I always ensure the heating pad is flat when not using and also when using, trying to avert damage to the wires. I use Sunbeam's Model 819 50 Watt heating pad. The plastic covering on the wires also has lots of information printed on it as to what other cautions to take.
  2. Stump, that was quite a thorough exam and a very thorough write-up. I've had some of those tests, too, but not that many in one appointment. Good going.
  3. Tea tree oil is some amazing stuff. It can help so many, many things. I bought tea-tree mouthwash recently, though, and it was ghastly tasting. Really, awful.
  4. So funny, NN.
  5. Have nice time, J!
  6. Stephen Messenger (@smessenger) Science / Natural Sciences September 15, 2011 Photo: enlewof / cc Across parts of Australia, reports have been pouring in of strange voices chattering high in the treetops -- mysterious, non-sensical conversations in English. But while this phenomenon is certainly quite odd, its explanation isn't paranormal. It turns out that escaped pet birds, namely parrots and cockatoos, have begun teaching their wild bird counterparts a bit of the language they picked up from their time in captivity -- and, according to witnesses, that includes more than a few expletives.Jaynia Sladek, an ornithologist from the Australian Museum, says that some birds are just natural mimickers, able to acquire new sounds based on things they hear around them. For birds kept as pets, these sounds tend to mirror human language -- but that influence doesn't cease even after said birds escape or are released back into the wild. Once back in their natural environments, these chatty ex-pets eventually join with wild birds who, in turn, start picking up the new words and sounds. The remnants of that language also eventually gets passed along to the escaped birds' offspring, much like it does for humans. "There's no reason why, if one comes into the flock with words, [then] another member of the flock wouldn't pick it up as well," Sladek said in an interview with Australian Geographic. According to the report, 'Hello cockie' is one of the most commonly heard phrases feral birds are teaching in the wild, along with a host of expletives -- perhaps the last words those escapees heard after their frantic owners realized they were making a break for freedom.
  7. Hi, Lorit249: You might check with the Ask the Doctor thread about this. I'm sorry you are going through all those symptoms and can surely understand your concern. Often, general neurologists are not familiar with a lot about Parkinson's Disease. You might benefit by taking the step to see a Movement Disorders Doctor (MDS) in a neurology department within a university-associated hospital. Will pray for you right now that you find an MDS who can give you a follow-up for a more definitive answer and some help with your symptoms. Keep us updated, and take care. Linda
  8. I surely agree with you, LAD. And you are one of our biggest "players" in dealing well with the hand dealt.
  9. Thanks to each of you who spoke up in support of the thread and for understanding that this has been an extremely difficult situation.
  10. This is one of the most helpful things to have learned! Thank you for posting this. I usually take a dose of Sinemet with my nighttime meds, which include Prilosec. I guess I shouldn't do that any more. Do you think if I take that dose of Sinemet a couple of hours before the Prilosec that it may help the Sinemet be absorbed better? Or will the Prilosec, since it is long-lasting, interfere no matter how I try to manage the time I take the Sinemet? Do you have any suggestions on an alternative to Prilosec? I have gastrointestinal reflux disease, a sliding hiatal hernia, and a spastic esophagus. The Prilosec has helped so much. The Gastro doc I saw advised taking Priolsec. I assumed he meant to take it all the time--not just in 14-day doses. What are your thoughts re: this? Thank you for any advice you may have. Linda Garren
  11. Scott, thank you for your update. I'm so glad to hear things are going well this time and that infection seems not a part of your recovery. You've had a long road!
  12. Hi, jb and all. As always, it is nice to drop in and visit here. Always pleasant and peaceful. Great going, jb.
  13. It's definitely a very concerning symptom, isn't it. So quickly could be fatal. Excellent that you've brought this topic forward. I've had a few episodes after having chewed and swallowed chicken--that just wouldn't go down. It was an awful feeling--panic producing, actually. I recently had bought a milkshake, and after every single sip I would cough. I didn't understand why. Then I read that it is the body's way of trying to get the liquid down the right pipe. So I must have waited too long in between sinemet doses...which happens almost every time I go somewhere. I forget all about taking sinemet. I've been trying to find a watch with a timer, but not a big sports watch--just a normal old-fashioned women's watch, but with a timer. I don't use a cell phone except for emergencies or expected calls, so that possibility is out. I'm trying to relocate where I found a timer that is worn on the wrist with a pillbox attached underneath. I thought that might work, except it's not very discrete. Any suggestions?
  14. DB: Might this help at all? https://www.davisphinneyfoundation.org/parkinsons-101/what-is-parkinsons/