Ponderings… (I found this in my drafts and decided it was time to share it now.)
When I could see a diagnosis of Parkinson’s was coming, I did a little soul searching. What is it I am to learn from such a diagnosis? Two conclusions came to mind.
1.) I need to express more gratitude… giving credit where credit is due. I am so grateful for the inspiration and guidance that led us to make diet changes, do cleanses and utilize a variety of modalities and supplements that led, in part…to John’s improved health. But more than that, I confess there was a long period of time, during John’s illness when I questioned; When he was told, when given a priesthood blessing, that his health would be restored. (‘How can that be possible?’) … (I was fearful that I would be widowed, being left to raise the children without a father.) It brings to mind the pleading of a father in Mark 9:24 “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief”. I am so very grateful that the promised blessing came.
2.) Physician, Heal thyself. (a concept taken from Luke 4:23 … that I intend to take to heart.)
We already learned to think out of the box when considering our health, so armed with knowledge gained from earlier quests, and faith that as we read in Mark 9:23 ‘all things are possible to him that believeth.” I said “Let’s do this.”
I began to journal things I learned:
- There is a reason people are always telling me I look tired… It has to do with the inability of my face to move to show excitement, joy, etc.
- I blink slowly and less frequently… which causes dry eyes… but the good news is… my feelings are dulled, so I don’t feel it.
- I can’t make almond flour with my wheat grinder. It would take one almond at a time and spit out almond butter.🤔 But I used my blender to process the almonds adding eggs…and was very pleased with the bread my adaption produced.
addendum: So, of course, remembering God has given man wisdom and insight into dealing with many medical conditions… And fully believing He expects us to build on each other’s knowledge and not feel a need to reinvent the wheel, with each new situation… we first sought advice from the medical profession. I am able to report after consulting with five neurologists, I have received the medications that enable me to keep functioning.
I have been able to pull together some useful information putting it into a different format from any I have found. I hope my efforts help some of you feel informed instead of feeling a need to reinvent the wheel.