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He's Got Wheels! - Livin' the Good Life

Mar. 18th, 2016

03:55 pm - He's Got Wheels!

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Dad has Parkinson's disease. It seems like a mild case to me, but it does cause him some difficulties. The main difficulty is that he has trouble picking up his feet. He shuffles when he walks. He takes teeny tiny steps, sliding his feet along the ground, and it takes forever to get anywhere. He uses a cane in the house and a walker outside. When he goes to yoga at Paula's house, it takes him about 20 minutes to walk next door. He sits and rests every 20 steps or so. It was getting to be an ordeal for him to leave the house. If the weather is good, and he's not going to Paula's that day (he goes 3 times a week), he will walk (shuffle) down to his trailer to watch movies. Sometimes he falls if he turns too abruptly, though he never hurts himself. I saw him fall the other day, and it looked like he was falling in slow motion. He went down smoothly and softly without so much as a bruise. Amazing. He definitely suffers with dizziness and balance problems. But, he's a good sport and never complains. It's a good thing we have soft carpets, though...

Well, a few days ago he got an adult trike. He was so excited! He rode one daily when he lived in Idaho with my cousin, and he just loved it. They lived in town, so he could ride all over the place.... even into the market! (It was a very small town, and everyone knew him.) We were skeptical that he would be able to ride a trike in the (often soft) sand around here, so we never considered getting him one. Well, we finally did, and he hopped right on first thing and rode off. (They rest of us, however, found it very difficult to ride. It is not at ALL like a bicycle. You do NOT lean!) Here he is riding off into the sunset (to Paula's, actually) as happy as can be. I'm still a bit nervous about it, but I'm getting used to seeing him pedal off, and he seems to get where he's going every time... so far. Ha! That roof top in the center of the picture is Paula's house, and her dome/yoga studio, is right beside it.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 24th, 2016 11:40 am (UTC)
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A few days ago Den and I were out driving and I told him about your Dad getting an adult trike. He knows how old he is and when I told him about the trike he his jaw dropped and he looked at me stunned. We both think it's wonderful that he is willing to learn something new like this, and go for it. Great pictures!!

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From:lestermom
Date:March 24th, 2016 02:17 pm (UTC)
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He rode his trike for years when he visited my cousin in the summers, so it isn't "new" for him. But, since he has dementia, and it's been years now since he's ridden, I wasn't sure if he'd remember how to do it. He totally did!
Also, this is the latest news on riding a bike and Parkinsons disease:

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/04/24/bike-riding-helps-parkinsons-patients-ease-their-symptoms.html

Another reason to get him the bike!
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