Sunday November 2, 2008

 

The 60th today. A quiet sunny fall day today opening birthday presents from Pam and Chad. Thank you both!

 

Stunned! How did I miss it? Used to be on top of this stuff. It wasn’t until yesterday that I realized that the end of Daylight Saving Time was this weekend. I thought it was last week. Since the computer and my atomic wrist watch automatically change time in the spring and fall, I just thought I was adjusting well last Sunday with the change of time. I still can’t believe it. It might not seem a big deal to a lot of people but to go a whole week thinking the clocks had been changed. I’d like to just chalk it up to getting older. And maybe that’s all it is. Just a trick my brain played on me. But no use in analyzing it too much…it happened and I’ll move on.

 

Today is the big 60 for me. My first birthday which I am aware that I have Lewy Body Disease. Last year after the diagnosis, I just don’t remember at all. But I still emotionally feel like I’m in my 40s. My brother, Paul, and his wife, Sharon, came to visit us yesterday along with my niece, Tasha. Paul is an Assembly of God Minister in Beaver Falls, PA. and Sharon is the Coordinator for the Women’s Missionary Council for the Pennsylvania-Delaware Assembly of God District. Tasha just graduated from Central Bible College. (Hey…any single guys out there looking for a beautiful red-head!!?? But you have to go through me first. Smile, smile.) And Nick, my nephew, is the Pastor of Church Planting & Development at Allison Park Church in Pittsburgh, PA. Thanks you guys! You are the 2nd to visit our new little retirement home. Tash, thanks for the game, Apples to Apples. I never heard of the game before but playing it was a great way to spend an afternoon with family on a nice fall day. For some reason, even with family, I felt embarrassed and little ashamed whenever I had a little trouble getting a piece of turkey off the main plate. Just whenever I think the tremors are gone, they quickly and surprisingly take me off guard.

 

And yes. My birthday wish was for a copy of Dr. Thomas Graboys’ book, “Life in the Balance.” It is about a physician’s memoir of life, love and loss with Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia. I can’t wait to start reading it today. Thanks, Pammie!! I have to be truthful. I am excited to read Dr. Graboys’ book but at the same time I think I’m dreading to feel many of the emotions which will creep in as I read the book. I suspect it’s one of these readings that I’ll have to put down and pick up frequently. But I’m ready. It’ll be another growing experience.

 

I used to think 60 was very very old. Of course, now I don’t. I used to poo-poo my past birthdays. Now I cherish today and appreciate all the memories and experiences over the past 60 years. When the time comes when I won’t be able to read my daily musings on the blog, I think it’ll help to have Pam read it to me over and over again.

 

Pam, I’m worried about you. I’m glad you’re seeing the Dr. tomorrow. Low potassium, low iron……….no wonder you’re tired!!

 

David

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6 Responses

  1. Birthday Greetings and many blessings. While I type this response to your entry I am lying next to my Dear One who is watching the Patriots battle the Colts..though his “smarts” are waning, not so his team loyalty. I will be going to the MIND Symposium in Boston this week..speaking about the role of private philanthropy..encouraging more funding for the good work MIND is doing to find the magical compounds to wipe PD/LBD/ALZ et al off the map of the brain. You are still young enougn to possibily see that fine day. My fella will be 85 in March and has been dealing with these miseries for about six years. You will find a kindred soul in Tom Graboys, who I may be seeing while in Boston. mmc

  2. David:

    If you email me an address I’ll send you a copy of, ‘Could it be dementia? Losing your mind doesn’t mean losing your soul.’ It was published by Lion Monarch last March, released in the States in August, and is selling very well. Probably need a reprint, the publisher says. But at the same time it is blessing thousands of people.

    Louise Morse
    +44 1633 746570
    Lou.morse@wfcsmail.com

  3. Also David –

    I’m collaborating with three specialists in writing a follow-up book to ‘Could it Be ..?’

    Would you be willing to contribute/comment/be involved?

    Louise Morse
    +44 1633 746570
    Lou.morse@wfcsmail.com

  4. Happy belated David! I am coming up to 60 right behind you next spring. Hard to believe!
    As for going off daylight savings time, I also made a cross country move this year. Here we went off daylight savings time the first Sunday in Nov. In Ont. it was a week earlier. I didn’t even relate to the difference until I realized it wasn’t completely dark at 6:00 pm for the trick or treaters this year. At least the difference finally did compute but I should have been much quicker in putting the week’s difference together!
    Sandra

  5. Happy Birthday David! thoughts and prayers with you and Pam!

  6. Hey Uncle David – I hope you had a great Birthday!! Sorry, I wasn’t able to make it – I would have loved to be there!

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