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Linda Garren

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  1. Linda Garren

    A journal became a blog

    Lori, this is beautifully written. I admire your tenacity and your taking every opportunity that presents itself, be it exercise, starting and co-teaching an exercise class for PD, taking dancing lessons with your husband, picking at the guitar in the research group you have been a part of, faithfully exercising at any and every opportunity, traveling, meeting up with friends, loving and being with your family, and on and on. I have been so touched by the things you share with us about how supportive Mike has been, and the love that is there. It's also good to know you have the support of a psychologist who can be there to listen and who is trained to listen as well as help you through the emotions and challenges you face. And I've appreciated your reaching out to us through the sayings that you post, whether they give hope and comfort spiritually or are inspirational through others, such as Michael J. Fox. You've added so much to our forum, dear Lori. And we love you. Thank you for sharing your blog.
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    Just Interesting Things about This and That

    Precious, thin little mommy cat with three kittens of her own willingly takes on 5 more who were orphaned. And she looks so calm and casual and serene about it as if it's nothing special that she is doing... https://goodmorningkitten.com/kitten/3730/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+GoodMorningKitten+(Good+Morning+Kitten
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    Seeking hiking/backpacking partner (TN)

    I'm so glad to hear that, Kevin--! Sounds like fun. We'll be awaiting your reporting in now and then to let us know how it goes.
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    Watch your teeth!

    I was wondering why I was suddenly having cavities when I hardly ever did before. This is the first I've heard about that C/L is the cause. And I am losing all my savings on paying for implants! I may have to open a hot dog stand on a downtown street corner.
  6. Linda Garren

    Lyme induced parkinsonism

    I've enjoyed reading this whole thread of very intelligent and well-spoken Parkies. I'm so sorry for what you each have been going through. You have tough survivor skills and mentalities. Really impressive. Patriot, would you be able to send me your MD/ND's name and contact information if you feel comfortable to? I've gotten several recommendations for NDs here in Maryland through the years, but after reading about them each on line, I wouldn't feel comfortable to put myself under their care. Maybe your ND could recommend someone to me that she is familiar with and feels confident about. Thank you.
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    Bible Verses....

    TURNING POINT with Dr. David Jeremiah Monday, June 11 Times and Seasons To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger wrote a song in the late 1950s that became a classic folk-rock hit in the 1960s: “Turn! Turn! Turn!” Many fans were unaware that most of the lyrics were taken from the first eight verses of Ecclesiastes 3 (KJV). Seeger wrote the song as an anthem to world peace, focusing on Solomon’s last words: “A time of war, and a time of peace,” (verse adding his own final refrain, “I swear it’s not too late.” Solomon’s plea was for more than just peace. It was a plea to recognize that there is a time and a season for everything in God’s plan and purpose. The point is not to understand the timing of every season and circumstance in life, but to trust God when they arrive: “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). The apostle Paul didn’t get upset when God changed his missionary plans (Acts 16:6-10). He trusted God and adjusted as God gave direction, as should we. Tell God today: “Lord, I trust You for this season of my life and every season that is to come.” All the care in the world will not make us continue a minute beyond the time God has appointed. J. C. Ryle
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    Trekking pole walking

    I'll look forward to talking with you about it a little more when we get together on Monday. Linda P.S. Would you be able to bring your poles with you so I can see and understand better how they work? Thanks!
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    Seeking hiking/backpacking partner (TN)

    Kevin, my brother has hiked the trail 5 times and I'm sure would be happy to help with any questions or suggestions you may have that might help. (He doesn't have PD.)
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    Bible Verses....

    TURNING POINT with DR. DAVID JEREMIAH Thursday, June 7 The Spin of Grace Nevertheless the Lord your God would not listen to Balaam, but the Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the Lord your God loves you. Deuteronomy 23:5 God turns curses into blessings. In His great redeeming purposes for us, He works every situation for the good of those who love Him. This is the spin of grace. God’s ways, though mysterious, are marvelous. In the book of Numbers, the king of Moab hired a pagan soothsayer named Balaam to curse the Israelites. But whenever Balaam tried to utter his curses, only blessing came from his mouth. Centuries later, Nehemiah reminded the exiles who were repopulating Jerusalem of this story, saying, “Our God turned the curse into a blessing” (Nehemiah 13:2). We need to develop the confidence that while God’s plans may be mysterious, they are ultimately for our good. A host of enemies seek to unravel our lives, and the devil finds every opportunity to curse us with problems. Sometimes the circumstances of life seem against us. But through the power of Christ, God moves to redeem all our problems, sooner or later, both in time and eternity. He does it because He loves us. As Psalm 109:28 says, “Let them curse, but You bless.” God is His own interpreter / and He will make it plain. William Cowper
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    Trekking pole walking

    LAD, that is something I'm looking into, too! I have wondered I could use my ski poles (with a replacement of the bottom that would be for street and dirt terrain). How tall do the trekking poles need to be?
  12. Linda Garren

    Good morning!!

  13. Linda Garren

    Welcome to the club

    "Billy Jean" popped into my head when you said to think of a song with a beat. Scoop, does the fellow's MDS also see you? I thought that was how it works when seeing a fellow at Hopkins, so that you get the input of two good Hopkins-trained neurologists. Am glad you were able to get an appt. there.
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    Bible Verses....

    TURNING POINT with Dr. David Jeremiah June 1, 2018 Invisible Trajectory May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13, NIV Traveling to another country can be exhilarating and exhausting. Seasoned travelers learn to take unexpected delays and opportunities in stride: this is part of the experience. Novice travelers often feel overwhelmed and anxious, unsure of how to proceed. Whether we are seasoned or novice travelers on our journey with Christ, we can access Him immediately through prayers for wisdom, guidance, and help. Recommended Reading: Philippians 3 The moment we accept Christ, our hearts are fused with His love and we are put on an invisible trajectory toward heaven. Nothing can separate us from His love. We learn to hold our positions and possessions lightly, knowing that our value and security come from Christ. As we learn to trust Him, we are filled with hope and begin to experience the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. He transforms us, comforts us, and gives us strength. As we walk with Christ, our eagerness for His return increases. He is our firm foundation and the home we desperately long for: the place where we are known, loved, and united with Him. My home is in heaven. I’m just traveling through this world. Billy Graham
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    Good morning!!

    Marcia: LOL!!!! I always love your dry humor!! We all do. Dianne: You continue to be a special role model to us all. I admire your approach to life, especially in light of the very, very difficult things you have had to work through over the years.
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    I have a weird leg

    What a beautiful post, Sherrie. I love what you do during your days!!! And your last thought, especially.
  17. Linda Garren

    I have a weird leg

    Sherrie, have you considered volunteering at an animal shelter? Even if you get a job? It's wonderful. I think you would enjoy it and would not only be good with the animals, but I think you would be a joy to be around for the other volunteers and potential adopters. Just a little something to think about...
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    Good morning!!

    Hi, Tom and jb. So, so nice to see you both here. Am praying for you both, as I'm sure others also are.
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    See an MDS or continue to monitor as per my neurologist?

    I absolutely, strongly agree, Golden.
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    Missing Meals?

    H, Dianne. I couldn't agree with you more. When even feeling a little stress, I shake and drop things and get so frustrated. I talk to myself as if I were a friend (or God) talking to me and tell myself that I have Parkinson's and of course you are going to drop things. I take a deep breath and slow down and learn to accept what is. It's not easy, but it does work. And Scoop, I have the exact same reactions to junk food and sugar, stress, and too little sleep and missing meals (and missing a dose of sinemet). Those are good reminders, though, of how important it is to plan and eat good meals and to get quality food that is not GMO'd and that is pesticide free. I get as much organic as possible even though it is more expensive. The difference in cost is worth the benefit (or, the benefit is worth the cost). And the taste can often be incredibly better than conventional foods. Our gut is extremely important to keep as healthy as possible since it affects our whole body.
  21. Linda Garren

    Lost waiting for a diagnosis

    Excellent post, LAD.
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    Bible Verses....

    DB and LAD: This follows along with your posts above. And DB, great post, by the way! Linda Turning Point, with Dr. David Jeremiah Monday, 5/21 Thought Therapy Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 It begins with a thought. Peter thought he would drown and looked away from Jesus. Moses thought he was inadequate and looked away from God’s calling. The disciples thought the soldiers were more powerful than Jesus and fled into the night. Every one of our actions flows from a thought: conscious or subconscious. Often our thoughts are automatic and reactionary. What area of your life do you want to improve? Just take a moment and think about that. In what area would you most like to grow? With God’s help, you can improve your one corner of the universe. What it really takes is the power of God in our lives, and there is a passage of Scripture on this very subject. It takes effort to examine the thoughts running on repeat in our minds. A thought repeated becomes a belief. This explains why God’s first words to His people time and time again are, “Don’t be afraid.” He knows our fears and anxious thoughts. He only asks that we bring them to Him and replace them with the truth of His power, love, and wisdom. Although each of us will face challenges and deep loss, God invites us to trust Him. As we do, our anxious thoughts are replaced with His peace. He is with us. He loves us. He is working on our behalf. Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them. Elisabeth Elliot
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    Good morning!!

    Tom, what a delight to have you drop by! It's been a long time. You look great! How are you feeling/doing? How nice that you are taking your kids with you one at a time and enjoying being together. I bet they are loving it.
  24. Linda Garren

    Good morning!!

    Is there any possibility that the shoulder pain may be connected to the unit that is in your chest?
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    Good morning!!

    Hi, jb. So sorry you are having trouble cognitively, but I think it is very early in the game to worry too much. You've had invasive brain surgery, and your body is adjusting to the trauma. Rest, rest, rest. Sleep, sleep, sleep. Be careful not to push yourself to get things done that need to be done. It will only prolong your recovery and set you back. Is your wife there to watch over you and encourage you to do that? Is your house doggie snuggling up to comfort you? Are the horses checking in on you outside your windows? Have you been in touch with someone else on the site who has been through DBS with whom you can discuss your symptoms? Others who have had the surgery said that sometimes adjustments need to be made afterwards. Have you had a chance to contact your surgeon to ask about the issues you are having? Thinking of you and praying for your recovery, jb, as so many others here are, too. VioLinda
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