Finally, I’ve got something positive to write about. My Parkinson’s is rapidly progressing and my gait disturbance has seriously limited my ability to enjoy life. I realized that the majority of my blogs involved loss of abilities which I called the “Used tos”. No matter how hard I tried to be uplifting and positive, depressive thoughts crept in and disturbed some of my readers. So, I added writing to my “used to” list.
Nighttime driving had become one of my “Used tos”. On my list of ailments was cataracts and cataracts make night time driving difficult. I’m happy to tell you that my cataracts have been replaced with high tech intraocular lenses and my vision has improved remarkably. I “used to “ wear glasses but now can read tiny print without difficulty. Removing a “Used to” feels great! By the way, if Biden can forgive college loans, he can pay for the high tech lenses. Unfortunately, most elders cannot afford the enhanced vision associated with the newer lenses.
As a young man, I played Bridge and Maj Jong. Since moving in to a 55 and older community, I’ve started playing both again. Take 2 more items off my “Used to” list. I think that I’ll start writing again and start working on improving the rights of handicapped individuals in airports across the country.
I think I’ll develop a “Can Do” list! While my “Used to” list will continue to grow, my “Can Do” list will serve as a counterbalance. Feel free to send me suggestions for “My Can Do” list.
Here’s today joke: An old man shuffled slowly into an ice cream parlor and pulled himself gently, painfully, up onto a stool… After catching his breath, he ordered a banana split. The waitress asked kindly, “crushed nuts?” “No,” he replied, “Arthritis.”