February 10, 2015 – Having a positive mental attitude (PMA) is great, but a PMA must have an action plan. I see a lot of Parkinson’s websites that emphasize the importance of keeping a PMA – and that is good. Having a PMA, however, without an action plan, is like having a nice shiny car with no gas. An action plan will give you something to shoot for – a goal to achieve. Ask yourself, “What do I want to accomplish?” Having an action plan and a goal will help you maintain a PMA because you will be able to see your progress and you will be focused externally rather than internally.
February 9, 2015 – I started the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) program today. I think this will help me to speak better and give me more confidence.
February 5, 2015 – I had the battery for my deep brain stimulation (DBS) system changed today. I had the first battery for about 2 ½ years. The surgery went well – I was awake for the procedure, but don’t remember a thing. The folks at Medtronics gave me a rechargeable battery – that means I shouldn’t need surgery again for approximately 6-9 years.
Thanks for visiting my Parkinson’s activity blog. I like to encourage people with Parkinson’s to stay active as a way to mitigate the debilitating nature of the disease. Staying active helps one fight depression and maintain a positive attitude. This is a place where Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers can share their experiences with others. I like pictures so post a photo of yourself engaging in your favorite activities here.