Mr. Donald A.
Mr. Donald A.
Well, here we are in the middle of March (nearly). It’s been about 5 months since I last updated you on what’s happening with me.
I continue my twice daily meditations, weekly massage with Kimberly, weekly chiropractic treatment with Dr. Asch, weekly Reiki healing with Ruth, and, currently, twice monthly sessions with naturopath Dr. Meschi. I am now working with Randy Karas, an anatomical therapist, every other week.
Meditation and prayer continue to begin and end my day. I am learning a great deal about myself in many aspects through this. The Reiki treatments contain a portion that runs a parallel with the spiritual issues that are part of meditation and prayer.
With Dr. Asch’s guidance, I do an exercise called the “cross crawl pattern”. I do it either lying on my back or standing. I also do a “nerve-aerobic” exercise that is a tremendous challenge for the brain and its ability to coordinate eye-body responses. Additionally I do hand strengthening exercises. My hand strength has increased from 50+ pounds of “squeeze” in each hand to, on average, 75+ pounds in the left hand and 89+ pounds in the right hand. My goal is 100+ in both hands.
My work Dr. Meschi continues in much the same manner as before. I take a variety of supplements, go in for monthly blood tests (to check on various aspects of body chemistry), and have twice monthly detox sessions. There are positive results showing up in the blood tests.
Over the past several months, I have learned fairly dramatically my need for timely eating of food, especially, it seems, of foods that have protein. I need to drink more water (but, heavens, will I make it to the nearest restroom on tine.!!???). Mostly, I have become perhaps “hyper”-aware of the contents of all foods that I eat. On my “NO” list: soy products, hydrogenated oils, canola oil, a variety of other oils, an endless variety of “additives”. On my “YES” list: almost anything “organic” and fresh.
Through Dr. Meschi’s recommendation, I am now working Randy Karas, an anatomical therapist, every other week. The exercise regimens he has put me on have had a positive impact on me physically and emotionally. Just doing the exercises gives me a feeling of empowerment, an emotional boost to begin with. But, it is more than just doing the exercises. I feel strength, balance, and coordination returning, little by little. The closest I can come in describing Randy’s work with me is to refer you to a. book, Pain Free, by Pete Escogue. The book will give you an idea of the kinds of exercises Randy has chosen for me in our first three sessions.
I continue to go weekly for massage treatments. An added bonus now is that the massage therapist and Randy have begun the communication process that will enable her to adjust her work on my body.
Now, among the questions in my mind after these several months: Was I properly diagnosed in August? or, If I were, have the efforts of the “team” been successful in reversing PD (which is not supposed to be possible)? I don’t have the qualifications to answer the questions. Neither do I intend to use valuable positive/heating energy going back to the diagnosing doctor to go through what I would imagine to be a “defense” of the original diagnosis. Through the nutritional analysis provided by Dr. Meschi, I found that I was malnourished in a variety of ways (though malnourished might not be how you might describe how my body appeared). I’ve done some research that enabled me to read that certain consequences of B-12 deficiency mimic the symptoms of PD. Add the nutrition deficiencies to toxins in my body and ineffective eating habits, and one finds a strong foundation for seeing a non-PD diagnosis.
My work with Randy has further opened my eyes to the consequences of anomalies in muscle use patterns, particularly as many of those movements relate to nearly 50 years of playing violin. (The massage therapist has held a similar position, although not with quite the degree of specificity.) This has provided additional challenges to the original PD diagnosis.
All in all, it is quite an intricate puzzle I am in the middle of It is my GREAT good fortune to have been guided to the “team” that is helping me work through this chapter of my life’s story.
And, yes, I continue to be better. I have more strength, stamina, agility, and speed. I must continue to be aware of nutrition intake, fatigue, and “tense” environments, for they play roles in how I feel.
Am I “perfectly” “normal”? Not quite yet. I intend to be though!!*
Take care, all.
February 11, 2020