You gotta know when to fold them

From The Gambler by Kenny Rogers country music star. Well I was sitting watching a program on the ABC about stroke victims coincidentally from my area and I realised I was still trying to untangle the blooming Christmas lights to put up in the garden. Then I realised my face was very red and I had been sitting still too long trying to untangled all those lights (50 metres lol) which frankly can’t be done. So I went over and checked my blood pressure 166 over 87 and the warning bell 20 went off in my head before anything else did.

As the song says you’ve got to know when to hold them/ know when to fold them know when to walk away I know when to run.

Compulsive behaviour is a side effect of Parkinson’s medication, especially Madopar I reminded myself. So, before I myself have a stroke I got the scissors and cut through those lights. and put them in the bin.

I said previously I am stubborn but I am not stupid. After all the Reject Shop has plenty on special at the moment.

I am wondering how much of this is Parkinson’s and how much is dementia I as my mum started to get a bit vague at this age. But then I have always been like this.

I will do an update on my symptoms progress in a separate item but for now I’m having a lie down after just realising I had lied to my meds alert that I have taken my tablets and just found out I had not and one of them was my blood pressure tablet so I am now 4 hours behind and that explains why my left arm was getting very jerky. more on that later

Published by Eunice C English

FormerFreelance journalist. Poet, writer, artist, photographer. Retired and coping with Parkinson's Plus, macular degeneration and other boring stuff but life is still interesting, if a bit of a challenge!

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