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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Life simplified

If there is one thing Parkinson's Disease has taught me, it is that life is simple.  I used to have earrings, shoes and handbags that matched all my outfits, now I can't put the earrings in, I only wear Velcro sneakers and my purse is a fanny pack.  Simple.  

I used to put on eyeliner and mascara, but the Goth look isn't flattering on a 50+ year old woman, so now I don't wear any.  Simple.

My clothes were home made, designed by me, with intricate buttons and ties and fit perfectly.  No more, now its jeans, tank tops and blouses knotted at the waist.  Simple.

I used to order steak, rice pilaf and veggies at restaurants, I still order steak, but my Wonderful Husband cuts it for me and I stick to side dishes that can be eaten with fingers.  Simple.

I used to wear jewelry, lots of it, but can't manipulate the clasps now and I don't miss it a bit.  The same can be said for styling my hair, it gets combed and that's about it.  Simple. 

 My days start at 4 or 5 am and end at 11 pm, during those 18+ hours, I go through a range of symptoms and I make my life as easy as possible for me.  I have chairs that fit me, not some grand design, my floors are rug free so I don't trip, I have a set of lightweight plastic dishes that I use and my pill bottles are lined up on the counter next to the fridge so I can get to them easily.  Simple.  

My Wonderful Husband understands when I take a nap at 9 am, when he's just got up and made the bed at 8.  Our days are not regimented except for my meds.  We generally 'wing it'.  Simple. 

You should try it.

Thank you for reading this story, I hope you enjoyed it. This is just one of a hundred stories in my book, Parkinson's Humor - Funny Stories about My Life with Parkinson's Disease. Please consider purchasing a copy from or your favorite online book seller. Thank you and have a Happy Parkie Day!


  1. I know exactly how you feel. Except for the eye makeup (I only put that for special occasions, like if the president calls or something)lol, we've done similar things. I've tried to make things easy as I can, unfortunately I live with the worlds best planner. She has things planned through next spring, but she is getting better. I we are still fighting.. no talking loudly about the throw rugs. (I don't think I can win that battle) How's the temps out there? We finally had our first two days of fall and its been great!!! Take care and keep us laughing.

  2. Yes Bev PD certainly teaches you to "wing it"! I know I do not take enough exercise but what the hell!

  3. I only wear New Balance now for 5 years. But can't stand tennis shoes. Too bulky and I trip too easily. I have all their sandals in all colors with the easy closures.

  4. 1 2 velcro my shoe

  5. Hubby got the velcro ones last year, now he can put his own shoes on. Makes him feel better doing that.

  6. Downs Designs Dreams is offering a clothing solution to aid with these challenges. Our NBZ Jeans line is for typical body types benefiting the elderly, Parkinson's, autism, amputees, cerebral palsy, stroke victims, ALS, and many more. Both lines have soft stretchy sensory friendly denim, no buttons, zippers, or tags, and an elastic waistband. The Jeans do, however, allow for belt use, have a mock fly, and come in different fashionable styles. Our clothing provides wardrobe solutions that will match one's peers while granting independent dressing for all. The organization has designed a black dress and khaki option for both lines as well, that will be available in June. The new additions will assist those with their formal, school, and employment needs.

    Downs Designs Dreams has created its Adopt-A-Jean Friday Program to donate clothing solutions to those with disabilities and their families at no cost, upon submitting stories that educate others about the clothing struggles faced by those with disabilities. Every Friday from those submissions we donate several pair and hope the program continues to grow.

  7. Sounds like me and my wife. She also likes life simplified. Great blogpost.