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copyright Karen UlvestadThere are many definitions of death, and they are probably all true.  It would depend on one’s values and perceptions.  Parkinson’s is a debilitating disease in many ways.  The first person it disables is the individual who suffers the symptoms of the disease.  The other people who it touches are those close to the affected person.

The disease slowly eats away at the person’s ability to use their muscles.  Some people develop Parkinson’s dementia in addition to the loss of motor control.  These people lose their memories, forget the people who love them and they love, and they slip into a place of confused ramblings.

My father-in-law is the later.  Currently, he is in Hospice, and suffers from Parkinson’s and Parkinson’s dementia.

We visited this weekend.  It was a great visit, yet it showed many things. . .

First, we watched a previously intelligent and active man struggle for words.  I think he recognized us most of the time, but there were moments that he didn’t know who we were.  Every time he needed to move, he had to be assisted, and told what to do.  When he closed his eyes, he seemed near death’s door, just waiting to go.

The second part of the disease is its effects on family and friends.

I am amazed by the strength of my mother-in-law.  She visits him almost everyday, and brings a positive attitude.  She is an incredible woman, with great faith.  I don’t know how she balances him, the farm (Welsh Ponies), her parents/family, and much, much more.

Love & Light to All. . .Karen

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