Intent and Bandwidth narrowing

The following photo is a visual description of how I feel my participation in conversations go. When someone asks a question, so many variations of a response are running around in my head, by the time I decide which response I want to make, the conversation has moved on, and my comment goes unvoiced. (I think it might be related to the bandwidth referenced below)

Mht af saying thinking 5

I am finding… when I focus on taking larger strides, challenge myself to go swiftly up the stairs at the temple, instead of using the elevator, follow my to do list, for gardening, breathing exercise, etc..and go out of my way do a service project each day… the intentional INTENT truly goes a long way.

Below are excerpts I have taken from conversations in an online Parkinson’s community, that alludes to the variety of physical skills effected… and TEACH us how, with INTENT we can keep functioning.

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David L educated us : “Walking backwards worked because you had to use INTENT. Intent is the key to everything related to Parkinson’s. Dopamine is responsible for the smooth operation of the things we do “automatically”, like swinging your arms when you walk, taking a deep breath before you speak, making your tongue do its thing for speech and swallowing, getting words from your brain to your mouth, and on and on. By the time of diagnosis a PLWP has already lost 80% of the cells that produce dopamine. When intent is implemented, we are able to bypass the “automatic” track of the brain, which requires dopamine, to a non- automatic track. One must really think about walking backwards lest one stumble and fall

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lowreyjw said: …… “I have breathing problems similar to yours – if what I have noticed is true, then it has something to do with PD weakening the diaphragm and lessening the power of activity.

I am taking breathing therapy and the net effect is to strengthen the muscle tone and power of diaphragm response when inhaling and exhaling – I notice my breathing is shallower rather than weaker, and if I take extra effort my lungs inflate just as they did before PD – but I have to think about it, possibly another case of the neural bandwidth narrowing…

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Author: suerosier

In May of 2018, I was diagnosed with Parkinson's. After researching, I believe the symptoms began to manifest themselves years prior to last year. The purpose for my blog is to share what I have learned (with an index) to save others time as they seek for answers about, symptoms, therapies [and alternative things to try], tools I use, Parkinsonisms, recipes, strategies, clinical studies, words of encouragement or just enjoy the photos or humor.

One thought on “Intent and Bandwidth narrowing”

  1. I realized just recently that you and I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I Don’t get onto the My Parkinsons Team but infrequently it seems. I”m busy trying to do Meals on Wheels and hope to get to do more with Hospice here in Spokane after the pandemic i s being to roar a little less with the vaccine in peoples lives. My husband and I have both been vaccinated

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