Micrographia and more

I always wrote small… but without added concentration and effort, my handwriting had become unintelligible and even smaller.

The weakness in a person’s hands not only impacts handwriting, but proves equally difficult to open bottles, shuffle cards, operate a hand held can opener, etc…

Besides the exercises in the YouTube link for flexibility and strength,

I tried the exercise as described in a post (see below)… and have taken a sampling of my handwriting, before and after.

“crazy hand and arm exercise” Bend your elbows with hands in front of shoulders. Vigorously shoot your hands and arms in front of you as if you are flinging water off your hands, with fingers stretched wide as you can. Do this ten times as fast as you can…then write your name. Try it…before and after. Learned it in PT. I do this plus vigorous arm swinging, alternating sides in order to get my bra on, lol.

I wrote, did ten hand flings… and did the second writing, did an additional 10 flings… and saw additional clarity. 🙂

Ruby slippers and WBV

Today, I want to share information on two of the tools I use daily. Both were gifted to me by the #2 leader of my pack.. my twin sister, Cheryl. She is certified to provide a therapy called Zone Restoration. Since she lives in Idaho, and I live in Florida, she typed; “I can’t ZONE your feet… so the closest thing I know is Reflexology.” So she sent me Reflexology insoles. [I’ll post more about that later] I slipped the insoles into some red slippers I received this past Christmas and wear them every time I use my Whole Body Vibration machine.

After John & I moved to Florida, and I’d shared some of my quandry over my baffling symptoms, Cheryl surprised me with a WBV. I’d seen the literature and claims … and desired to test it. I went to youtube to learn how other people use theirs and learned that different benefits are associated with the variation of vibration speed. Lower speeds are best for exercise and higher speeds don’t give muscles time to react, but are great for stimulating the lymph system. I even found examples from giving yourself a facial to doing the Kegel exercise.

The recommendation is to not use it for more than 10 minutes at a time. When I did my first set [while John ( my #1 leader of the pack) was fixing our breakfast]… I did two sets of 20 deep squats & two sets of 20 high knee lifts, followed by approx 5 minutes of posture holds (the first two as taught in this youtube) 3 posture  For all of that, I have the vibrations set at about 12. Then I ramp up the vibrations up to 70 for the last two minutes to free up any sluggishness in my lymph system.

The first visit I had with my Movement Disorders specialiat, I came away with a referral to a speech therapist. There I learned about LSVT . I Had no idea how soft my voice had gotten, and learned a great deal from my visits. . https://parkinsonsdisease.net/living-with-pd/voice-exercises/

The next time I step onto my WBV with my red slippers, today, I will do my exercises I learned from my speech therapist. I like to multi-task so I decided to attempt to add a challenge to memorize what I am shouting. So I enlarged a copy of The Relief Society Declaration,and posted it on the mirror, so I can read it with my Prism glasses. [That is a story for another day.]

The Relief Society is the women’s organization formed by members of . . The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints

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After I have ‘Shout/recited’ the declaration, I proceed to do facial exercises to target my drooling and Parkinson’s Facial Mask. These are done at 12 on the WBV. Facial (improve drooling, chewing food) Then I crank it up to 70 for the last 2 or 3 minutes.

Whew!! It took me a lot longer than 20 minutes, to type how I use 20 minutes of my day for exercise

Tools I Use

When I started the Keto diet, I used the chronometer app to aid me in my meal planning. But I wondered how I could tell when I was in Ketosis. You can pay a lot for a breathalizer… but I found one on line through the HouseofKeto. It gives me the peace of mind, to know I haven’t errored and fallen out of Ketosis.

When I chose to refine my diet a little, to the Keto-Alkaline diet, I ordered Keto-ph Urine Reagent Strips through Dr. Anna Cabeca’s website.

For the Keto diet, I created a yummy bread recipie. I had a 50 lb. supply of almonds in my food storage, but processing through my wheat grinder just gummed it up. I had a really good blender..(I thought) But I burned up the motor while making the third batch of Almond bread. So I now have a powerful Vitamix processor. [I’ll share the recipe in another post]

I have found when I get up in the night to relieve myself, I am stiff enough that sitting was more like falling on. A Raised Toilet Seat has simplified my task and improved my comfort.

We now have an Infrared Sauna in our shed behind the home. [I am so glad we live in Florida] I cut & paste from a web site… . https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00674895

“Observations from our research studies indicate that, far infrared rays provide energy to the body, improve the autonomic functions of the nervous system, restore the functions of the endocrine system, strengthen the immune system, improve blood circulation and increase the level of oxygen in the cells and promote the regeneration of muscle cells, nerves and brain cells.

It is hereby postulated that irradiation using far infrared, with wavelength between 5 to 20 microns, of the central nervous system, the endocrine system and the whole body could prevent, control, manage or possibly lead to complete rehabilitation of people who have Parkinson’s Disease

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My exercise aids consist of a Whole Body Vibration machine. [I’ll share benefits and my routine in a future post} Online exercise videos w/ walking sticks, 2 lb weights and a ball. And I am now the proud user of a tandem bicycle / Rhoades Car. Since it has a solar powered power assist, my riding partners don’t get worn out trying to get up the little hills. [Chris, the owner of the company, is an honorary member of my Wolfpack, He sends his support, offering a 25% discount to anyone purchasing a Rhoades Car if they give him my name… Sue Rosier or code #1084] What follows is from his Blog:


Special Needs & Rhoades Car


Don’t you love it when you create something and it ends up providing a new solution in addition to what you originally created it for?  Or when you finish a project and you look back and see how rewarding it was to see the fruit it produced?  As we’ve seen Rhoades Car move into different markets and offer a healthier lifestyle to individuals, families, and work-style to corporations, we’ve also seen how it can help and increase a positive outlook on life with young and old individuals with all different types of special needs.  It’s the most rewarding feeling when you get to hear from family members or parents of how a Rhoades Car has or could really help their special needs family member either get outdoors more and/or feel like they’re actually contributing to an activity with others.

With four wheels, two seats, and the open road, everyone can enjoy it.  It shouldn’t matter if you have something physically holding you back, you deserve some excitement and enjoyment on the road.  Rhoades Cars have a unique experience that allow you to ride on a stable quadricycle, sit on a comfortable seat, and either participate in the pedaling or not, it’s totally up to you.  Rhoades Cars also can be customized the person’s special needs to help them better enjoy and participate.  We recently had a customer request to have foot straps on the passenger’s right side as well as a seat belt.  This particular customer’s wife had had a stroke and they were both eager to get back out together and exercise.  Since they were both once avid cyclists, this was the best way for them to get back to an activity they enjoyed and could do it together.  That’s where we love to be able to customize is when a customer has a specific need, we have a specific answer.

As we’ve noted in a recent blog, one very important advantage Rhoades Cars have is the side-by-side seating.  Much different than a tandem experience, with our recumbent seating style, you really get to sit comfortably while engaging in communication with the person next to you.  It’s very similar to a vehicle so it combines the cycling experience of pedals with the seating experience of a car.

A few weeks ago we shipped a custom-made Rhoades Car to a developmental achievement center which specializes in helping adults with disabilities become as independent as possible.  This particle model had a specialized trailer on it with stable foot plates (and foot straps),a swivel seat, and a seat belt.  Since some of their adults could not participate in the cycling aspect, this allows them to go on the ride with others and still be able to enjoy the outdoors with everyone else in a stable and comfortable manner.  The trailer was specifically for someone to enjoy a ride outdoors and be able to take in the sights and sounds of nature during a ride.  We also have customers who suffer from diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, where their Rhoades Car has tremendously changed not only their outlook on life, but in some ways increased their quality of living.

Rhoades Car’s owner, Chris Spann, has a special place in his heart for helping those with special needs or physical illness.  The former owner, William suffered a brain-stem stroke in December of 2006.  â€śIf I could have had a Rhoades Car during my recovery, to enjoy time with my wife and kids, it would have been a game-changer.”  This was a strong feeling that contributed to Mr. Horton’s drive behind purchasing the company in 2015.  That same feeling and want to help those who may be suffering from various hardships, continues through Rhoades Cars today.

We have numerous customers and inquiries every week from parents who are interested in providing a better atmosphere for their kids.  From autistic to blind or vision-impaired to down syndrome, a Rhoades Car allows them to participate in a healthy and fun cycling exercise and depending on their level of engagement, can actually pedal or steer the bike.  Nothing else allows them the freedom to enjoy time with others outdoors AND get a great exercise.

We love hearing these stories from our customers.  We realize what we get to do is make a product that not only brings joy to so many for being able to be just like everyone else, but it brings back a simple pleasure that so many of us take for granted everyday, which is being able to enjoy being around the people we enjoy and love the most.  Whether it’s a family member with special needs or someone who has suffered from a life-altering disease or illness, we enjoy providing a customized product that helps fight against the mental and physical hardships that come with special needs and disabilities.  Here at Rhoades Car we consider it a privilege to partner with families and individuals to help bring smiles and joy to everyone, no matter what life throws at them.