Is there a Solution for Every Problem?

When I retired from teaching high school mathematics 5 years ago, I would have answered that question with a resounding YES!

Today, I’m not so sure. From the perspective of the caregiver of a loved one with a degenerative disease, many problems that we encounter can only TOTALLY be solved with the curing of the disease. We do long for a cure that will release our loved ones from the clutches of the disease. However, until that happens, we face daily challenges from symptoms of that disease and side effects of the drugs prescribed for it.

So, do we give up? NO! We never give up trying to find solutions, knowing that a total solution may not be possible right now. However, there are things that can make life easier while not solving the problem entirely.

One case in point for Parkinson’s patients is the uncomfortable swing from constipation to diarrhea with not much in between. This is typical with PD patients, so we expect it. And while we may not be able to completely stop that pendulum swing, we can try to mitigate both extremes by adjusting our diet and including some home remedy concoctions. Both have been shown to be helpful.

Another issue is freezing while walking, especially in doorways. This is also typical with PD patients, and while there are some prescription drugs that help, they also produce side effects that can be worse than freezing. So, we try other ways to prod our loved ones to continue walking. Physical therapy and occupational therapy helped my husband with this, and several of the therapists had great suggestions for him and for me. We tried all of these at different times: counting, singing, pretending to march, me touching his leg or foot to “tell it” to move, looking up instead of down at the floor, putting masking or painter’s tape on the floor a step apart and asking him to step on the tape, etc. Hubby responded to each of these at different times, but sometimes not at all. We know Parkinson’s to be unpredictably predictable. Right?

(He loved walking on wall-to-wall carpet at places like hotel hallways when the carpet had a repeated pattern. I believe the pattern gave him a goal at which to aim each foot.)

These are just 2 examples of problems that may not have a permanent solution, but they do have partial solutions which help us cope with them in a better way. So, the message is this. Keep trying to find a better way, but don’t despair when all you can do to fix the problem is put on a Band-Aid. Sometimes a Band-Aid is the best solution possible.

My prayer for each of you today is that God will give you strength for each task you need this week and wisdom in each decision you must make.

Thanks for reading and commenting. I truly appreciate each of you.

Published by parkinsonscare

I'm a retired mathematics teacher, mother, and grandmother. I cared for my husband for 23 years, and now he is in Heaven. My new mission in life is to support and encourage caregivers like you!

12 thoughts on “Is there a Solution for Every Problem?

  1. One of my dear friends husband has PD. He is one of the smartest, most interesting, and funniest men I know and I love to hear him talk…, when I can understand him. I’ve seen that freezing while walking and it’s completely bizarre and frustrating for him. His wife is very out going and kind and together they are an awesome team. Your insight is so helpful, I’m going to share your blog. Thank you.

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  2. I can translate your experiences with PD into our life with Aaron. We always try to find solutions to his various issues. Right now, it’s largely his anger outbursts that are so disrupting to us. His seizure doctor has decreased the medicine he recently increased, and I have added Magnesium due to a friend’s suggestion. We must keep trying. Thank you, Cheryl, for your continuing encouragements.

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  3. Your words are so true. What will help with the freezing one day won’t work the next but might work again in 2 weeks. Like you said don’t give up. Thank you for always giving us encouragement.

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  4. Hubby always says the only thing consistent with Parkinson’s is inconsistency. So very true.Thank you for being the voice that gives us value to our solutions. Hugs!

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  5. Although my Cheryl freezes occasionally, so far, it has been a minor annoyance. 😉 I will say let’s sing! And she responds with , No! and then takes a step. Small curbs into and out of a parking area can give her fits. — Our biggest problem these days is sleeping overnight. We are adjusting her meds at night and changing the timing a bit to get sleepy. It seems to be working “sorta”. Godspeed.

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    1. Thank you for your comments, my Wizardly friend. I’m glad you’ve found ways to help with the occasional freezing. And I’m glad there is a list of other things you can try when singing no longer helps. Sleeping is indeed a problem for most PD patients at one time or another. I admire your dedication to help your Cheryl. I’m praying for you both.

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