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by V D Lopez

Let me introduce myself: I have had Parkinson's now for 11 years of my 64, and I am only now beginning to notice some real limitations as I have slowly adapted to them unknowingly.

I had DBS, rejoiced in the disappearance of my tremor. Now I am shaking again and I attribute it to stress.

However, my wife has not lost her anxiety about me, and continues her expanding role as a nanny. I worry about dealing with life alone should she leave, be it voluntary or involuntary.

I am in my sixties, married for the second time, with three grown up children who have their own lives and who see us often. I have defined my self in terms of what I am to others, but I am brainy, well read (depending upon your definition of same!), I can sew and paint (house). I like computers, writing, spending time with my family and TV.

Before DBS, my wife and our family (12 at the time) went to Aruba for a week. While regular tourists went to the tourist traps, I, and whoever had the misfortune of being with me, looked in caves tourists were not aware of and sought out landmarks from my childhood 50 years previous.

I work in publishing, from home and part time, putting out my own rickety paperback books.

I love music, have an eclectic taste ranging from novelty tunes, to country & western, to oldies, some rap, some foreign to the USA and opera and some classical as well. I have practically a studio and spent 3 yrs converting all my vinyl records, albums and my cassette and reel-to-reel tapes to digital CD's. Combining it with my "publishing" efforts, I designed jewel case inserts and CD labels for all the ensuing CDs.

I like to play "parlor" games and/or board games like Scrabble, dominoes, '42' dominos, bridge, Stock Market, Perquacky, Balderdash, Taboo, Catch Phrase, Tangoes, Rack-O, Skip Bo, Bonkers, Upwords, Sequence, Sequence Dice, Can't Stop, Yahtzee, full-contact Bunko, Uno Attack, Speed, Hearts, Spades, Solitaire, Double Solitaire, Cheat, Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit, Tri Bond and others too obscure to mention.

I reluctantly, whining and complaining, do my best with what life throws at me, including Parkinson's.

Posted by V D Lopez on June 25, 2009

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