Learning To Walk Again … Or … Reading Between The Lines
Readers of this blog know that I have been accused of (and admit to) writing extremely long blog posts with content that takes many twists and turns before finally arriving at some evident, or not so evident, conclusion. Now, I am aware that many people neither like, nor read, lengthy posts and they have articulate reasons for their inaction and inattention.
Equally, I am aware that there is a long and honourable tradition among those who love newspapers (and especially among those who impress upon others that they read their broadsheet newspapers from cover to cover,) to read the headline, a few of the sub-heads and first sentence and then move on to the next article. Naturally, they look at the photos – in a kind of reverse approach to how many men say they read Playboy or Penthouse.
Today, I acquiesce to this reading style by writing in a form to match i.e., this post will consist of one headline with five sub-heads and respective opening sentences mimicking the content many readers would actually read even if the article were thousands of words longer. I approach this project fearfully as it is a major departure from my usual style and so many words will have to die in the editing process. Read on to see how this works out.
PERSON WITH PARKINSON’S RENDERED IMMOBILE
The PD Gardener, having walked and cycled almost all of his life was understandably shocked at becoming almost completely immobile i.e., not able to walk without assistance, over a very short time span (4 – 5 days.)
Looking for answers (in all the wrong places?)
“Doctor, Doctor, Mister M.D. Can you tell me what’s ailing me? “ (Endnote 1)
“Knee bone connected to the thigh bone
Thigh bone connected to the hip bone
Hip bone connected to the back bone (Endnote 2)
The above lyrics sing to me as I struggle to understand the crisis that currently engulfs my body and brain but unfortunately the answer seems locked forever in a “song that never ends.” (Endnote 3)
‘Advance’ and ‘progress’ are positive words, aren’t they?
It is a sobering moment when you realize you are ticking off the progress of your new and/or worsening Parkinson’s symptoms on a mental score card of scientifically established, empirical milestones signifying the intractable advance of Parkinson’s.
Symptoms defy explanation say medical specialists
“Appointments with various physicians, surgeons and other health professionals have left us confused and frustrated.”
The new normal
Physiotherapy, Pilates and exercise show definite promise to lead the way back to a new normal … but why does the new normal feel like walking on bubble wrap?
“It is often said that ‘a journey of 1,000 miles starts with a single step’ (end note 4) … but the importance of finding the start line and the correct direction should not be underestimated,” the PD Gardener notes sardonically.
- “Good Lovin’ “ lyrics by Rudy Clark and Arthur Resnick. Number hit for The Young Rascals 1966.
- “Dem Bones” is a spiritual written by James Weldon Johnson circa 1920.
- Origin of “This is the song that never ends” or “This is the song that doesn’t end” is unknown but seems to have been made popular by Shari Lewis and Lamp Chop.
- Attributed to Lao Tzu, a contemporary of Confucius and a major figure in Chinese philosophy.
© Stan Marshall (The PD Gardener) 2016